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Student, book finalists announced in 2018 RNA Awards

Thursday, June 28, 2018  
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COLUMBIA, MO — Congratulations to the finalists named in the nonfiction book and student categories of Religion News Association's 2018 Awards for Religion Reporting Excellence.They join finalists previously announced in nearly 20 other categories.

Awards will be presented to the winners of all categories at a banquet on Sept. 15 at RNA's 2018 Annual Conference in Columbus, Ohio.



  • Bernadette Berdychowski, The King's College
  • Paulina Cachero, University of Southern California
  • Shoshy Ciment, Yeshiva University
  • Rachel Cohrs, University of Southern California
  • Vildana Hajric & Isobel van Hagen, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
  • Lauren Jackson, Oxford University
  • Lily Jackson & Gannon Padgett, Auburn University
  • Caroline Matas, Princeton University
  • Jessica Mathews, The King's College
  • Jacob McNair, Ryerson University
  • Nicholas J. Scrimenti, Harvard Divinity School



  • Building a Bridge: How the Catholic Church and the LGBT Community Can Enter Into a Relationship of Respect, Compassion, and Sensitivity, by James Martin
  • The Exodus: How It Happened and Why It Matters, by Richard Elliott Friedman
  • Faith and Resistance in the Age of Trump, by Miguel A. De La Torre
  • If I Give My Soul: Faith Behind Bars in Rio de Janeiro, by Andrew Johnson
  • In The House of the Serpent Handler: A Story of Faith and Fleeting Fame in the Age of Social Media, by Julia Duin
  • Moral Combat: How Sex Divided American Christians and Fractured American Politics, by R. Marie Griffith
  • The Rise of Network Christianity: How Independent Leaders Are Changing the Religious Landscape, by Brad Christerson and Richard W. Flory


RNA's annual contests have honored excellence in religion reporting in the news media since 1965. In 2003, Russell Chandler, former religion reporter at the LA Times, along with his wife M.L., graciously provided funding to create the student category.




Tiffany McCallen

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