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Getting around the site / FAQs
Welcome to RNA.org!

We want to help you dive right into the site, so we've constructed a series of how-to's / frequently-asked questions to help you get around. Check back often as we'll be adding to this list in the weeks to come.

If you're a member of RNA:
We've already created an account for you on this new site. However, because we don't store your password in our files, we had to reset your old password to a default one for the short-term. 

To log in: enter your username in all lowercase letters. Your username is the first letter of your first name, followed by your last name (ex: bobama). Then enter the following password: temporary. 

Once you've successfully logged in, you should immediately change your password to something more familiar. Passwords are case-sensitive, and the new one you create will be required to include a number. 

If you're not a member of RNA:
You'll be required to join RNA to create a login.


  1. Sign in to the site (upper right corner). If this is your first time logging in to the new RNA.org site, refer to the login instructions above.
  2. In the yellow "MY PROFILE" box on the right, click on "Manage Profile" (second option from top).
  3. On the "Manage Profile" page, choose "Edit Bio" (first icon on the top left side of the page, under "Information and Settings").
  4. You can set a new password and/or username in the "Account Information" section on the "Edit My Member Profile" page. (TIP: usernames and passwords are case-sensitive. Passwords should contain a number.)
  5. Be sure to hit the purple "Save Changes" button at the very bottom of the page in order to submit your changes.


How do I join RNA as a member?
  1. Hover your cursor over the "Join or Renew” tab on the navigation bar and choose the drop-down tab "How to join or renew."
  2. Under the heading "How to join" click on the link to begin your application process.
  3. On the next page, "Select Your Member Type," read over the membership category information. (TIP: our membership policy is available for download (PDF) on this page if you need further information).
  4. At the bottom of the page choose your member type from the selections and click "Continue."
  5. On the "Get Connected!" page, create a username for your membership, enter your name, and select your main group type from the drop-down menu (usually just one choice) and click "Register."
  6. The next page is for "Membership Selection." Select your membership category and click, "Continue with the Selected Membership."
  7. Complete the online application with any and all information you wish to have in your membership profile. Note: required items are marked with an asterisk. When completed click "Register."
  8. The last step is your billing information. If you will be paying by credit card and the billing address is different than your contact address, you will need to change it here. If you have chosen the "Bill me” option you will receive an e-mail, once approved, with how and where to mail your payment. Enter any comments that you would like. 
  9. If you want to make a donation with your membership application, leave the "I would like to make an additional donation” box checked. If you cannot make a donation at this time, UNCHECK the box before clicking "Submit Securely."
  10. When the process is complete, you'll see a "Thank you” page. You will receive an e-mail confirmation of your registration application. After your application is approved, you will receive a final e-mail with your sign-in information.
  11. Thank you for joining RELIGION | NEWSWRITERS!
How do I join RNA's site as a ReligionLink subscriber or Advertiser/Sponsor?
  1. Hover your cursor over the "Join or Renew” tab on the navigation bar and choose the slide-out tab "How to join or renew."
  2. Under the heading "How to join" click on the link to begin your application process.
  3. On the next page, "Select Your Member Type," at the bottom of the page choose either "Advertisers and Sponsors" or "ReligionLink Sponsor" and click "Continue."
  4. On the "Get Connected!" page, create a username, enter your name, choose the appropriate group from the drop-down menu and click "Register." (TIP: advertisers can always change their group later upon request. ReligionLink subscribers are automatically subscribed to the ReligionLink group. If you choose to leave the group you'll lose your ReligionLink subscription and your user access to this site).
  5. The next page is for "Membership Selection." Select your user category and click, "Continue with the Selected Membership."
  6. Complete the online join form with any and all information you wish to have in your user profile. Note: required items are marked with an asterisk. When completed click "Register."
  7. If you want to make a donation with your user registration, leave the "I would like to make an additional donation” box checked. If you cannot make a donation at this time, UNCHECK the box before clicking "Submit Securely."
  8. When the process is complete, you'll see a "Thank you” page. You will receive an e-mail confirmation of your registration application. After your application is approved, you will receive a final e-mail with your sign-in information.
  9. Thank you for joining RELIGION | NEWSWRITERS!

How do I renew my RNA membership?

RNA Active & Associate Members may renew at any time. ReligionLink subscribers and Advertiser/Sponsor site users do not have to renew because they are not RNA members.

  1. Sign in at the upper-right corner of the page.
  2. In the yellow "MY PROFILE" box, choose "Manage Profile" (second option from top).
  3. On the bottom of the "Manage Profile" page, click on the "Membership" icon under the Account History heading.
  4. When the "Membership Information" page loads, click "Securely renew your membership now »"
  5. On the "Membership Dues" page, fill in the form and click "Submit Securely." You can pay with credit card online, or you can choose "BILL ME" to pay by check.
  6. You'll receive a confirmation of your renewal via e-mail. You can get a second copy of this confirmation by returning to  the "Membership Information" page of your profile and choosing, "Send confirmation e-mail."


How do I search for members?

To search for individuals:
  1. Sign in at the upper-right corner of the screen.
  2. Hover your cursor over the "Join or Renew” tab on the navigation bar and choose the drop-down tab "Member Search."
  3. On the "Member Search" page, enter the criteria in the field boxes by which you'd like to search. The first box, called "Search," will allow you to enter ANY data (last name, employer, key word, etc.). Your other search choices include Group (membership categories and other secondary member relationships, such as active member, associate member, conference attendees, contest entrants, etc.), Location (state or province) and Country.
  4. After you fill in your search criteria, hit the "search" button at the bottom of the page. Search results are listed in alphabetical order by last name.
  5. In the results list, find the individual you wish to contact. You then have the choice to "Message Member" (messages sent to site user's inbox) or "Add Connection" if you haven't already connected with that member. If you click on the person's name in the results list, his/her full profile will appear—so long as you have access to view it (determined by membership type)—and will include other ways to contact that person, including phone and e-mail if he/she chooses to publish that information.

To search for people via groups (ie: All Active Members):
  1. Sign in at the upper-right corner of the screen.
  2. In the yellow "My Profile" box, click on "Groups."
  3. On the "My Groups" page, hover your cursor over the "Options" icon (white wrench) to the right of the group name you're seeking.
  4. From the list that appears, choose "View Group Directory." That command brings up a list of individuals who belong to that group, listed in alphabetical order by last name. From this page, you can only message individuals (one at a time) or invite them to connect with you.
TIP: You are only able to see member profile information for individuals to which you have access—determined by your membership type—regardless of your group participation.

TIP: Hoping to message the whole group? See how here.
Want to e-mail the whole group? See how here.


How do I make a donation?
  1. Hover your cursor over the "Support RNA” tab on the navigation bar and choose the drop-down tab "Donate."
  2. A list of available funds will appear. Click on "Donate Online” next to the Fund you’d like to support.
  3. Fill in your "Donation Amount.”
  4. Make changes or add your "Donor Information.”  (If you are a member of our site, your name and address will automatically populate.)
  5. Add your billing Information and credit card information.
  6. Click on the purple "Submit Donation Securely” at the bottom of the page.
  7. Your receipt will be e-mailed to you.
  8. Thank you for supporting RELIGION | NEWSWRITERS!

How do I register for the RNA Annual Conference?

1. Hover your cursor over the "Awards & Training” tab on the navigation bar and hover over the "Conference" drop-down tab. From the slid-out options, choose "Registration.”
2. Under the heading, "How do I register?" click on the link.

3. Enter the number of people you're registering ("1" if just yourself) and click on "Next."
  • ENTER "1" if you'd like to register:
    • One person to attend all sessions and events
    • One person to attend all sessions and events who ALSO is purchasing a guest Banquet ticket(s)
  • ENTER "2" (or more) if you'd like to register:
    • Two (or more) persons to attend all sessions and events
    • Two (or more) persons to attend all sessions and events who MAY ALSO purchase guest banquet tickets
4. Choose one "Required event ticket" for the first person you're registering. (TIP: Save $100 by staying in the RNA room block.)
5. Choose your optional tickets (check all that apply).
6. Complete registration information for first person answering all required fields. (TIP: Hover cursor over underlined text in "Registration Information" section for additional information.)
7. Enter "Validation Code.”
8. Click purple button, "Continue"  (A registrant confirmation box will appear at the top of the registration screen to track your progress.)
9. Click purple button "Checkout.”  (IF YOU WANT TO CANCEL the transaction, The "Keep?” Column and "Recalculate Button” will not work for event checkouts. You must click the purple "click here to cancel your registration.”)
10. Repeat steps 1–4 for each additional registrant (those attending sessions and events) and proceed to the checkout.
11. Edit name and address fields if necessary.  (Fields will populate once you have signed into the site.)
12. If you want to pay by check, select the "Bill Me” option. Please make your check payable to Religion Newswriters and send your payment to 30 Neff Annex, Columbia, MO 65211. Please indicate name and "conference registration” on your check memo. OR Select "Credit Card” and enter your credit card information.
13. Complete "Billing Information” section.
14. Click on purple, "Proceed to Confirmation” button.
15. Review order and click on purple button, "Complete Order.”
16. A summary of your event selections is available in the "MY PROFILE” column.  Simply click on "My Event Registrations.” Click on the printer icon to the right of the Attendee Name to view and print the Event Confirmation for each attendee.
17. Click on the link for the printable view of your order for a credit card receipt.  If you chose the "Bill Me” option and are paying by check, a receipt is available upon request.

How do I confirm or update my RNA Conference registration?
  1. Go to www.RNA.org and log in using the boxes in the upper-right corner of the screen.
  2. When the "MY PROFILE" box appears, click on "Manage Profile."
  3. At the bottom of the "Manage Profile" page, under the "Account History" section, click on "Event Registrations."
  4. A list will appear.
  5. To the right of "Attendee name," click on the symbol of the printer (below the word, "Print") to view your detailed registration.
  6. To make changes, contact our staff, 573-882-9257. 
  7. Repeat the process above for an updated copy of your registration.

How do I apply for an RNA Conference scholarship?
  1. Hover your cursor over the "Awards & Training” tab on the navigation bar and hover over the drop-down "Conference" tab. From the slide-out menu, choose "Conference Scholarship.”
  2. Read over the information on this page. The application begins at the bottom (or click on last purple bullet "Application form & additional guidelines” to go straight there).
  3. Fill in all required fields and answer questions. If you are a member of our site, your name and address will automatically populate. (TIP: Hover cursor over underlined application headings for more information.)
  4. Fill in your estimated travel expenses for the conference, including the TOTAL anticipated costs.
  5. Upload a copy of your resumé (PDF or Microsoft Word). We will also accept faxed resumés at 800-708-9461.
  6. Upload statement of need, "why you deserve the scholarship" (Microsoft Word or PDF).
  7. Click on the purple "Submit” at the bottom of the page.
  8. The deadline to apply for aid is July 1. Recipients will be notified by July 15.
  9. E-mail our staff to verify receipt of application.
How do I message individuals or groups within the site?

Before messaging someone, be sure you understand the distinction between "messaging" and "e-mailing" as it applies to the RNA.org site. Messages are sent within the site to other registered members (in the same manner one sends messages over Facebook or MySpace). They appear in a member's "Messages" page within the "My Profile" box that appears after one logs in. Messages are not sent to an individual's personal or work e-mail account (ie: corporate account, Outlook or Hotmail account).

To message an individual(s):
  1. Log on to the site in the upper-right corner.
  2. Find the member(s) you'd like to message using the "Member Search" page within the menu tab, "Join or Renew." TIP: Need more help searching for members? Click here.
  3. On the Member Search results page, find the person you want to message and click "Message Member" to the right of his/her name.
  4. Write your message and hit "Send Now."
  5. Repeat process for each member you're messaging.
  6. Check for responses to your message(s) via the "My Profile" box's "Messages" link.

To message an entire group:
  1. Sign in at the upper-right corner of the screen.
  2. In the "My Profile" box to the right, click on "Groups" (third from top).
  3. On the "My Groups" page, hover your cursor over the "Options" icon (small, white wrench) to the right of the group name you're seeking (icon shown here below).
  4. From the list that appears, choose "Message All Group Members."
  5. Write your message and hit "Send Now."
  6. Check for responses to your message via the "My Profile" box's "My Messages" link.

TIP: Some groups are not able to send messages via the site. If this applies to your group, you'll receive an error message telling you that option is not available, and the option will not appear in your group's option list.

How do I send e-mails to individuals or groups?

Before e-mailing someone, be sure you understand the distinction between "e-mailing" and "messaging" as it applies to the RNA.org site. E-mails are sent to an individual's personal or work e-mail account (ie: corporate account, Outlook or Hotmail account). Those messages do NOT appear in the "Messages" inbox via the "My Profile" box available to all site members.

To e-mail an individual(s):
  1. Log on to the site in the upper-right corner.
  2. Find the member(s) you'd like to e-mail using the "Member Search" page within the menu tab, "Join or Renew." TIP: Need more help searching for members? Click here.
  3. On the Member Search results page, find the person you want to message and click on his/her name.
  4. If an individual has chosen to make his/her e-mail address public information, it will appear as a clickable link on his/her profile page. Clicking on the e-mail address will automatically launch your computer's e-mail program (and if it does not, just copy & paste the e-mail address into a new message in your program).
  5. Repeat process for each member you're messaging.

To e-mail an entire group:
Note: this function is not to be used as a way to promote a book or other project. We do run member announcements in the monthly newsletter (submit your book or project notice here), or members can purchase RNA advertisements at a 10–40 percent discount.
  1. Sign in at the upper-right corner of the screen.
  2. In the "My Profile" box to the right, click on "Groups" (third from top).
  3. On the "My Groups" page, hover your cursor over the "Options" icon (small, white wrench) to the right of the group name you're seeking.
  4. From the list that appears, choose "E-mail All Group Members."
  5. On the "Email Group Members - Step 1: Compose" page, type the content of your e-mail and click on the "Preview Email" button at the bottom of the page.
  6. On the "Email Group Members - Step 2: Confirm" page. review your e-mail and choose the button at the bottom of the page to either "Send Email" or "Edit" your e-mail.
  7. Once you send your e-mail, it will generate the confirmation page, "Bulk Email Successfully Submitted."
  8. Confirm that your e-mail was distributed by checking your regular e-mail program (Outlook, Hotmail, AOL, etc.). Response e-mails will be sent there as well.

TIP: All bulk e-mail require administrator approval before they are distributed, so do expect a short delay before recipients receive your message.

TIP: Not all groups or member types are able to send bulk e-mails. Usually this option won't even appear as an option if your access to this feature is restricted.



How do I rent an RNA Mailing List?
  1. Hover your cursor over the "Support RNA” tab on the navigation bar and hover over the drop-down tab, "Advertise.” Choose "Mailing List Rentals" from the slide-out menu.
  2. Scroll down to "How to Order” and click "submit credit card payment online."
  3. You should be in the ONLINE STORE (see dark purple bar towards the top of the page). Click on the mailing list you would like to purchase and then choose quantity and "Add Item.”
  4. In "Your Cart,"  review your order. Select the shipping method you prefer. If the information is correct, click on "checkout.”  If information is not correct, uncheck the item in the "Keep?” column and "Recalculate.”  Click on "Find” and select correct item, quantity and "Add Item.”  Then click on "Checkout.”
  5. Edit name and address fields if necessary. Fields automatically populate for site users.
  6. If you want to pay by check, select the "Bill Me” option. Please make your check payable to Religion Newswriters and send your payment to 30 Neff Annex, Columbia, MO 65211.  Please indicate name and "mailing list” on your check memo.  OR Select "Credit Card” and enter your credit card information.
  7. Complete "Billing Information” section.
  8. Click on purple, "Proceed to Confirmation” button.
  9. Review order and click on purple button, "Complete Order.”
  10. You will be e-mailed an order summary that includes a link for the printable view of your order for a credit card receipt. If you chose the "Bill Me” option and are paying by check, a receipt is available upon request.

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