#RNA2015: Yes, Peter Smith wins again as Religion Newswriters Association honors best of the Godbeat
-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 Peter Smith #RNA2015: Yes, Peter Smith wins again as Religion Newswriters Association honors best of the Godbeat
Faith, fear and the Holocaust
Peter Smith one of our favorite Godbeat pros, Peter Smith of the Louisville Courier-Journal.  This is one of those
JFK's strong Catholic ties and the speech he DIDN'T give
Peter Smith Pittsburgh, feel free to be jealous that the Post-Gazette somehow managed to replace an Ann Rodgers with a Peter Smith. Peter Smith, formerly of the Louisville Courier-Journal and a favorite of your friendly neighborhood
Best of the Godbeat: At #RNA2014, Religion Newswriters Association honors top religion journalism
Peter Smith Here at GetReligion, we've been big fans of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's exceptional religion writers. So we weren't surprised to see former Post-Gazette Godbeat specialist Ann Rodgers, Pittsburgh's longtime "queen of religion news," and her successor, Peter Smith, take top honors in the Religion Newswriters Association's annual writing awards. Winners were announced Saturday night at #RNA2014 — RNA's annual meeting — in the Atlanta area. (See our 5Q+1 interview with RNA President Bob Smietana and our post on the conference's "God and Guns" panel.) For GetReligion readers, a number of other names on the award list will be familiar, too. Religion News Service's David Gibson — known for his analysis pieces — won first place in the Religion Reporter of the Year category for large newspapers and wire services. Time magazine's Elizabeth Dias earned first place in the Supple Religion Feature Writer of the Year contest for work that included a cover story on "The Latino Reformation." Her winning entry includes the full, 3,500-word story on Hispanic evangelicals, which was hidden behind a paywall when it was originally published. Other winners' names may not be as familiar, but their excellent religion journalism is also worth checking out. And by all means, be sure to read about the lifetime achievement award winner, Roy Larson of Chicago Sun-Times and Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism fame. longtime "queen of religion news," and her successor, Peter Smith, take top honors in the Religion
New religion page
Considering that the religion beat seems to be suffering with the rest of the media industry, it's always nice to see a paper take steps to improve its religion coverage and marketing of same. I'm an avid reader of religion reporter Peter Smith of the Louisville Courier-Journal, as well as his Faith and Works blog. But sometimes the paper's religion stories are hard to find or browse. Until now. The paper has launched a new religion page. There, all the paper's stories on faith, ethics, religion and faith-based institutions will be posted. Recent examples include: An elaborate scam targeting United Methodist pastors, a review of a Christmas play put on by a Baptist church, and a look at the Vatican's new bioethics paper. You can also find links to religion stories from around the country, multi-media sidebars to stories, links to the Faith and Works blog posts and local information on houses of worship. It's a great looking page with tons of features. If you have any recommendations for what else should be included, go ahead and let Smith know. One beef I've already heard is that the page is difficult to find from the front page.
In America, cremations now outnumber burials — what's religion got to do with it?
Peter Smith, one of the best religion writers on the planet. That means — hurrah! — that the writer My hippie wannabe wife insists that she wants to be cremated when she dies. "I think it's environmentally friendly," my bride tells me. "Countless acres are filled up with remains inside caskets. "Plus, it will allow me to spare you guys a lot of expense and possibly trauma and heartache," she adds. Rather than be buried in a cemetery, Tamie says she wants to be "mixed in with the roots of a tree and planted in the mountains in the breathtakingly beautiful area where six generations of my family have made memories together. I think it would be nice to contribute to nature rather than be a burden on it." Well, alrighty. As for me, I want to be dressed in my Sunday best and await the resurrection with what's left of my skin and bones fully intact. I don't like flames. So it sounds like my wife of 27 years and I will — at some point hopefully many years in the future — spend the first part of eternity apart. In all seriousness, we are both people of strong Christian faith — but we come down on different sides of the cremation vs. burial question. I bring up the topic because of a fascinating Pittsburgh Post-Gazette story this week that noted cremation is becoming the new norm in America: When Scott Beinhauer’s forebears expanded their funeral business in 1921 with a location just south of the then-new Liberty Tunnel, they added a rare piece of equipment: a crematory. For nearly a century it stood as the second-oldest crematory in use in the nation, although it would have received only occasional use for its first few decades, when more than 95 percent of Americans were still opting for burial. That began to change in the 1960s, and now the nation has reached a cultural tipping point, with cremations outnumbering burials. The Memorial Day tradition of paying respects for the departed are increasingly taking place in columbariums rather than graveyards. Longtime GetReligion readers will be thrilled to know that the byline atop the Post-Gazette trend piece belongs to Peter Smith, one of the best religion writers on the planet. That means — hurrah! — that the writer definitely gets religion, and that makes this story a joy to read. Well, as much a joy as a story about dying can be ... But Smith demonstrates his Godbeat expertise masterfully as he explains the religious and cultural factors at play in the cremation trend: The highest cremation rates are in Peter Smith
Style and substance: This award-winning religion writer, and this feature story, has them both
Peter Smith Somehow, Peter Smith of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette didn't win one of the top awards in this year's
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exited a cathedral was a nice touch. A split second later, freelance photographer Peter Smith clicked making a controversial gesture in the Cathedral of the Holy Cross on Sunday. Peter Smith, who had
Livin' on a prayer: The good, the bad and the ugly in the world of religion writers, circa 2015
Charleston, S.C. 2. Peter Smith remained awesome. Yes, he did. 3. Some shortsighted newspapers eliminated Peter Smith
What kind of Baptist church is this?
coverage of the Southern Baptist Convention, you should read Peter Smith's Faith and Works blog at the
Financial intrigue on the religion beat
also published accounts. Peter Smith of Louisville's Courier-Journal, who regularly covers the PC
Are two more major American newspapers dropping the Godbeat? Say it ain't so
home to the great Godbeat pro Peter Smith) never filled the positions, as far as I can tell. (Again, I
Liturgical significance of the "Fortnight for Freedom"
-Journal's Faith and Works blog, run by Peter Smith. I love this blog, and not just because I love all
Conservatives vs. Fundamentalists
coverage of the two-day convention. Religion reporter Peter Smith of the Louisville Courier-Journal
A baby baptized in the Stanley Cup: What kind of person does that? And why?
I don't know if Peter Smith, the all-star religion writer for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, is a Peter Smith
Does 'Pope Francis effect' mean a Catholic growth trend?
resurgence to the Roman Catholic Church. But Peter Smith of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette — one of our Catholic Church. But Peter Smith of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette — one of our favorite Godbeat pros Peter Smith
No surprise, but Godbeat pro Peter Smith produces an excellent story on married Eastern Catholic priests
No surprise, but Godbeat pro Peter Smith produces an excellent story on married Eastern Catholic priests N., who emailed us a link to Peter Smith's latest piece of top-notch Godbeat journalism for the Peter Smith
5Q+1 interview: Godbeat pro Peter Smith discusses his in-depth project on immigrant religion in Pittsburgh
Peter Smith has spent the last several months reporting on immigrant religious communities in 5Q+1 interview: Godbeat pro Peter Smith discusses his in-depth project on immigrant religion in Pittsburgh Peter Smith Peter Smith Peter Smith has spent the last several months reporting on immigrant religious
A reader asks: Where can I find unbiased journalism? Here's my answer ...
Peter Smith
No surprise here: Godbeat all-star produces stellar journalism on a sickening subject
Peter Smith religion writer Peter Smith makes one want to vomit. Yet the felony charges revealed in Pennsylvania
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