RNS announced this week that it has hired three new journalists related to the grant: Roxanne Stone as managing editor, Alejandra Molina as a national reporter and Claire Giangravè as Vatican reporter.
In other Godbeat news, the Los Angeles Times reported on the death at age 76 of K. Connie Kang, a pioneering Korean American journalist:
Connie Kang covered religion in her final years at The Times. After leaving the paper in 2008, the deeply devout Christian decided to become a minister. She graduated from Fuller Theological Seminary in 2017 and shortly after passed the U.S. Presbyterian Church’s ordination exam. Her dream was to build a Christian school in North Korea.
Finally, if you’re interested in how a leading religion journalist approaches her job, check out this podcast featuring the New York Times’ Elizabeth Dias:
Now, let’s dive into the Friday Five:
4. Shameless plug: In a recent Friday Five, Richard Ostling updated us on longtime Associated Press religion writer Rachel Zoll.
Response to that post prompted this note from Ostling:
GetReligion's recent update on Associated Press Religion Writer Rachel Zoll, who was diagnosed with brain cancer last year, brought inquiries on where colleagues on the beat can send her notes and cards. She is living with sister Cheryl. and you can write her c/o 38 Cosby Avenue, Amherst MA 01002 - 2004.
Wouldn’t it be cool if everyone reading this took time to send Zoll a card and wish her well!?
5. Final thought: We live in a fallen world, folks.
But as for me and hopefully my family, we’ll stick with Chick-fil-A.
Happy Friday, everybody! Enjoy the weekend!