Dec 30, 2019

RNF December Update: Religious Literacy Project

In this interim period, the Religion News Foundation (RNF) and Religion News Service (RNS) are pleased to continue our work with the Associated Press (AP) and The Conversation U.S. on the global religion reporting initiative, in which  our content is added to an enhanced religion news wire at the AP. This partnership is made possible through the Lilly Endowment. We are proud that several of our articles were selected to be sent out on the AP's "A-wire" to its 15,000+ media subscribers throughout the world. 

In addition, during this period, RNF/RNS and the Fetzer Institute have continued our collaboration that supports the creation of resources and articles related to new forms of spirituality. Some topics highlighted under this collaboration include a profile of Luke Putney and the healing power of music, an op-ed on positive thinking and the prosperity gospel, and an international news piece on virtual religious rituals for Greek ex-pats. 

We remain extremely grateful to the Lilly Endowment and the Fetzer Institute for their continued support of the important work of RNF and RNS.

Other notable updates of this period include the launch of a revamped RNS website, which was built by Distillery Creative, and I was welcomed as the new Interim CEO of RNF and RNS. In addition, Nov. 1-Dec. 31, 2019 marks our involvement in the NewsMatch campaign, where every donation is matched in full, up to $1,000. 

Thank you for your support. We look forward to a productive and exciting 2020. 

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


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