#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.
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 Somehow, Peter Smith of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette didn't win one of the top awards in this year's Religion News Association contest. Still, Smith remains one of my favorite religion writers. The Godbeat veteran is one of those journalists who could write a compelling story about names in the phone book (my apologies to those of a certain age who have no idea what a phone book is, or was). But I digress ... Style and substance mark Smith's stories — and coincidentally, did I mention that the piece I want to highlight today is about style and substance in worship? How convenient. This story is a few weeks ago and was published right around the time of the Sutherland Springs, Texas, church shooting. So I missed it at the time. But here's what I like about Smith's piece: It covers an issue — the aforementioned style and substance — with which many churches grapple. And it covers it in an interesting and compelling way. The lede sets the scene: For years, Bruce and Aricka Ladebu would allow the worship service to run as long as they felt the Holy Spirit moving at their small Crawford County church. Typically, that meant more than two hours of prayer, worship, preaching and testimony. The idea was that “God will touch people and they will love it and come back,” said Ms. Ladebu, who with her husband is co-pastor of Victory Family Worship Center in Conneaut Lake. Except that people didn’t love it and didn’t come back. Over the summer, the church set a one-hour limit to their services. And more people began to attend, and to return. “We didn’t change the content,” Ms. Ladebu said. “We still preach Jesus, very strongly.” But now, attendance is about 120, good for a small town, she said, and most attendees had previously not been attending any church. Ms. Ladebu was among scores of pastors and other church leaders — Protestant and Catholic — swapping such stories at a recent conference. The event, called Future Forward, took place in late October at Amplify Church’s campus in Plum. Keep reading, and answer this question for me: How many "conference" stories have this kind of precise, revealing detail? At one point in the recent conference, an alto soloist sang an emotive, devotional ballad to the accompaniment of electric piano as artificial fog mingled with theatrical, ice-blue lighting. Style is important to make people open to the substance, the Krichers said. “The world is so topsy-turvy and there’s
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 Peter Smith
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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
Friday Five: Top religion journalists, Christian rock, rainbow-cross flag burning, Sarah Sanders doctrine
: Peter Smith, Peggy Fletcher Stack, Tim Funk, Sarah Pulliam Bailey, Emma Green, Elizabeth Dias, Bob
Silent sanctuaries full of stories: The Post Gazette chronicles Pittsburgh's golden era
Peter Smith many more media would copy them. Photos by Peter Smith. Used with permission. this blog entry are of Our Lady Help of Christians. The lead reporter, religion beat veteran Peter Smith, reminds us that Pittsburgh’s story is not unique and the same story repeats itself across the
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
Not a dying trend: This is why cremations — and religion — keep making headlines in the U.S.
refer you back to the story I highlighted in my June post — the one produced by Godbeat all-star Peter Smith of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Also, The Oklahoman had a nice sidebar that quoted various 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
Three keys to quality journalism on the Godbeat, and one All-Star who's mastered all three (updated)
Peter Smith clicking the link, I immediately recognized the byline: Peter Smith is the award-winning Godbeat pro clicking the link, I immediately recognized the byline. Peter Smith is the award-winning Godbeat pro
A reader asks: Where can I find unbiased journalism? Here's my answer ...
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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 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
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