Welcome to 2015: New year brings happy new developments to the Godbeat

Already, Terry Mattingly shared the news that former GetReligionista Sarah Pulliam Bailey — now a national correspondent with Religion News Service — will join The Washington Post early next month.

At the Post, Bailey — along with award-winning religion writer Michelle Boorstein — will anchor a new religion and spirituality blog, editors announced.

For those who pay attention to the Godbeat — and many GetReligion readers certainly fall into that category — the good news does not end there.

Welcome to 2015, religion news watchers!

Here are two more exciting new developments:



1. CNN's Belief Blog — previously at http://religion.blogs.cnn.com — has moved to a "spiffy new home" at http://www.cnn.com/specials/belief, report Daniel Burke and Eric Marrapodi:

The new site will have the same insightful analysis and in-depth reporting that you’re used to, but it will also enable us — and, more importantly, you — to navigate through a wider array of videos, articles and columns from our team of reporters and editors around the globe.
What’s more, the design will allow you to comfortably read Belief’s content whether you’re strap-hanging on a subway, sitting at a desktop, or settling in for a long read on your tablet.
We hope ardent atheists, devout believers and every array of religion in between will join us on a pilgrimage to the new sanctuary … er, site. And please let us know what you think on Twitter: @CNNBelief.

2. RNS has debuted "The Slingshot," a daily snapshot of headlines described as "like the Roundup, only better." 


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The Roundup was more of a running commentary on daily news by RNS staff members. At first glance, The Slingshot seems newsier and more user-friendly.

As one who enjoys the Pew Research Center's helpful daily roundup of religion headlines, I'm pleased by RNS' new approach.

Your turn, GetReligion readers: What do you think of these new developments? Please leave a comment here or tweet us at @GetReligion.

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