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Scribes, scholars and stars to talk religion reporting in Denver

Tuesday, August 10, 2010   (0 Comments)
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Contact: Debra Mason

COLUMBIA, MO. (August 10, 2010) -- "The Office" star Rainn Wilson and "Bowling Alone" author Robert Putnam are among the speakers confirmed for the 61st RELIGION | NEWSWRITERS Annual Conference, to be held Sept. 23-25 at the Westin Tabor Center in Denver, Colo.

Each year, RNA brings together the nation's best religion reporters and leading religious scholars to explore what's happening in religion around the world, how to incorporate new technology into religion reporting, and best practices for covering faith. About 150 journalists and speakers are expected.

Panelists this year include Wilson, discussing faith in the celebrity’s life. Putnam and a colleague will share the results of a four-year study focused on faith’s role in maintaining society’s sense of community. In preparation for this fall's election coverage, biblical literalist Wayne Grudem, of Phoenix Seminary, will discuss how politicians use and misuse the Bible.

Additional panelists include Reporter Abe Levy, of the San Antonio Express-News, and Mike Ebert, of the North American Mission Board, who will discuss coverage of  missions gone wrong, as in the case of attempted adoptions after last year’s earthquake in Haiti. The New York Times's Laurie Goodstein and other journalists will share challenges when investigating religion. And a panel of journalists from The Huffington Post, Beliefnet and CNN will talk about the online audience for religion news.

The conference closes with an awards banquet where RNA will announce winners in its eight contests. RNA will also honor longtime religion reporter Gustav Niebuhr with the William A. Reed Lifetime Achievement Award during the banquet.

Registration information and the complete schedule can be found here.

RELIGION | NEWSWRITERS is the world’s only association for journalists who write about religion in the general circulation news media. We strive to promote excellence in media coverage by creating tools and training, including: RELIGION | LINK story ideas and sources; a religion stylebook, primer and frequently asked questions about the religion beat.  For more information or how to join RNA, see


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