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A letter from Manya Brachear Pashman, RNA co-Vice President & Board Member


I've been thinking a lot recently about the late Diane Connolly. I've been thinking how much I want to say "thank you."

Twelve years ago Diane, a former religion editor at the Dallas Morning News, agreed to meet an intern at her former paper for coffee. Over lattes at a Dallas cafe, she entertained with stories about her career. She offered her best advice for finding stories and she talked about the role the Religion Newswriters Association played in keeping beat reporters on top of their game.  

I didn't understand at the time why she agreed to meet with me and share her wisdom, especially when I could offer nothing in return—except maybe a latte.

Now years later, I understand. She wanted to make sure there was another generation of religion reporters coming up right behind her. It's the same reason her husband Tim established the Diane Connolly Scholarship when cancer took her life in 2012.

It's also the same reason why, when I renew my RNA membership every year, I click the “Make a Contribution” button and donate to that scholarship fund and all of the other funds managed by the Religion Newswriters Foundation, RNA's charitable arm.

A dozen years later, I find myself where I want to be, a miraculous feat made possible by so many colleagues in RNA, starting with Diane. That's why I wish I could thank her. Instead, I give to RNA. And I hope you will too. Before the clock strikes midnight on Giving Tuesday, please make a donation to the organization that keeps us on top of our game.



DONATE BY CHECK: Please fill out the online donation form by clicking the "Donate Now" button below, and select "Check" for the payment method. Checks can be made payable to Religion Newswriters Foundation and mailed to: Religion Newswriters, 30 Neff Annex, Columbia, MO 65211.




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