We don't play favorites here at GetReligion.
OK, sometimes we do — such as where Pittsburgh Post-Gazette religion writer Peter Smith is concerned.
When it comes to quality journalism on the religion beat, a Peter Smith byline generally is a slam dunk.
So we weren't surprised over the weekend when Smith won the Religion Newswriters Association's first-place award for religion reporting at metropolitan newspapers.
The Pittsburgh writer was just one of a number of Godbeat all-stars who received recognition at the RNA's annual awards banquet in Philadelphia (see the full list of winners):
So on Sunday morning, Smith woke up with another plaque to hang on his wall — and with an above-the-fold Page 1 story in the Post-Gazette:
"Church-planting" is, of course, a buzzword in Christian circles these days.
Not too many journalists, though, could turn that esoteric subject into the lead story in the Sunday edition of a major metropolitan daily.
Finally, congrats to him and all the RNA winners!