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Sep 27, 2019

RNF September Update: Religious Literacy Project

Dear Loyal Reader,
Thank you for your continued support of the Religion News Foundation’s Religious Literacy Project. 

In June, I wrote to you about the creation of the Global Religion Reporting Initiative among Religion News Service, the Associated Press and the Conversation U.S. I am pleased to provide you an update: this initiative is well underway. The enhanced religion news wire is now available on the AP website. Three new journalists have been hired at RNS: Roxanne Stone as Managing Editor, Alejandra Molina as national reporter and Claire Giangravè as Vatican reporter. We are very pleased to have them as part of the team. 

Last week, RNF and RNS staffers attended the Religion News Association's annual conference, this year held in Las Vegas. 2019 marks the 70th anniversary of RNA. RNF was pleased to be a lead sponsor of this conference. 

Thank you for your continued support of RNF and RNS. 



Tom Gallagher

President and CEO, Religion News Foundation 

CEO and Publisher, Religion News Service

Jun 28, 2019

RNF June Update: Religious Literacy Project

Dear Readers,

Thank you for your continued support of the Religion News Foundation’s Religious Literacy Project. 

I am pleased to share that on April 24, 2019, the Religion News Service (RNS), the Associated Press (AP), and The Conversation announced the creation of a global religion journalism initiative. This was made possible by a grant made to Religion News Foundation (RNF) by the Lilly Endowment, Inc. 

This initiative includes the creation of a joint global religion news desk aimed at providing balanced, nuanced coverage of major world religions, with an emphasis on explaining religious practices and principles behind current events and cultural movements.

This grant is an historic achievement in the field of journalism and religion journalism, and goes far to fulfill the mission of RNF, in its support of excellent religion journalism and its advancement of religious literacy.

In gratitude,

Tom Gallagher


Mar 28, 2019

RNF March Update: Re-Sight Islam pocast

Dear Listeners,

Thank you for your continued support of the Religion News Foundation’s podcast, Re-Sight Islam.

Re-Sight Islam aims to illuminate and introduce to a largely Western audience the Islamic faith and its traditions from the Islamic perspective. It has recently finished its second season. By the end of Season 2, Re-Sight Islam was once again the #1 podcast on Islam in the United States and Canada and was in the top 3 podcasts on Islam in the United Kingdom and Australia. 

In addition to the success of Re-Sight Islam, we are pleased to introduce a new podcast, Beliefs, which is a collaboration between Religion News Service and Fordham University. Beliefs is a podcast that covers the top news of the day on religion, faith and ethics. It premieres each Sunday. Be sure to tune in!

Be sure to keep up-to-date with Re-Sight Islam at You can keep up with Beliefs at

In gratitude,

Tom Gallagher

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