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Religion News Service journalists among finalists for 2019 RNA awards

COLUMBIA, Mo. — Religion News Service (RNS) is pleased to announce that a number of its journalists were named as finalists today in the 2019 Religion News Association Awards for Religion Reporting Excellence.

“Having so many talented journalists named as finalists in the RNA Awards for Religion Reporting Excellence is a testament to the outstanding work being done at RNS,” said Thomas Gallagher, RNS CEO & Publisher.

Five of RNS’s full-time staffers were named as finalists. Several RNS columnists and regular contributors were recognized as well.

“Our RNS team is among the best in the business,” said Bob Smietana, RNS editor-in-chief. “Great to see them recognized by our peers on the religion beat. Congratulations to all our team members.”

The range of awards announced today showed the excellence of the religion journalism field, said Gallagher.

“We are pleased to see how much excellent work has been done in the field of religion journalism this past year as represented by the diverse group of finalists,” he said.

RNS finalists include:

Newspapers, online, magazine finalists
Adelle M. Banks
Aysha Khan
Emily McFarlan Miller
Yonat Shimron
Bob Smietana (for work done at Christianity Today)

Multiple media finalists
Dilshad Ali
Adelle M. Banks
Joshua Hammerman
Jacob Lupfer
Emily McFarlan Miller
Alexandra Radu
Yonat Shimron
Simran Jeet Singh
Irving Cabrera Torres
Kimberly Winston

Winners will be announced at the RNA annual conference’s awards banquet on September 21, 2019, in Las Vegas. For more information on the upcoming RNA annual conference, go to www.rna.org.


About Religion News Association: Religion News Association is the premier journalism association for people who write about religion in the news media. RNA offers training and tools to help journalists cover religion with balance, accuracy and insight.

About Religion News Foundation: Religion News Foundation is an independent, educational and charitable 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that advances religious literacy through websites, resources, networks, training workshops, events and other programs tailor-made for media professionals, corporate clients and the general public. RNF is not affiliated with any religious tradition. RNF supports professional journalists who cover religion through the support of the Religion News Association and through the ownership of the Religion News Service, LLC. RNF facilitates and encourages discourse about religion in a neutral and informative way without endorsing or promoting any particular belief system or point of view. RNF is affiliated with the Missouri School of Journalism at the University of Missouri.

About Religion News Service, LLC: Religion News Service is an independent, nonprofit and award-winning source of global news on religion, spirituality, culture and ethics, reported by a staff of professional journalists. RNS is not affiliated with any religious tradition. Founded in 1934, RNS seeks to inform readers with objective reporting and insightful commentary and is relied upon by commercial and faith-based news organizations in a number of countries. RNS is a subsidiary of the Religion News Foundation and is affiliated with the Missouri School of Journalism at the University of Missouri.


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