#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
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.
Faith, fear and the Holocaust
Back in March, this title on a New York Times news analysis grabbed my attention: The Holocaust Just Got More Shocking I found the article itself fascinating, but the headline struck me as more suited for a New York tabloid than the Old Gray Lady. I mean, I'm not sure how the systematic killing of millions of Jews could be any more shocking. While no expert on the atrocities that occurred, I was blessed in 2004 to write an in-depth Associated Press story about the children of two Holocaust survivors finding each other — and finding answers. That piece remains one of the most memorable I have had the privilege of writing, and I remain enthralled by survivors' stories. I want to pull one such story, published a few weeks ago, out of my GetReligion guilt file. It's a front-page feature by one of our favorite Godbeat pros, Peter Smith of the Louisville Courier-Journal.  This is one of those cases where I wish GetReligion had a simple template for posting links and screaming, "READ THIS!!!" The top of the story: As a Jew living in neutral Switzerland in October 1942, John Rothschild took the extraordinary risk of walking into an internment camp in Nazi-dominated France — unnerved but undeterred by the ominous closing of the gate behind him. He arranged to speak to the French camp commander, part of the right-wing puppet government of France that was shipping Jews by the trainload north to death camps such as Auschwitz. Rothschild recalls placing a package of Swiss cigars on the commander’s desk, along with the business card of a helpful local lawyer whom the commander owed a favor. As Rothschild introduced himself, the commander said, “Oh, for the Swiss I would take the moon down from the sky.” “I told him, ‘You don’t have to do that much. Let my fiancée go,’ ” Rothschild recalled. His fiancée, Renee, was on a list to be deported to Auschwitz. The commander told Rothschild to return in two days for his decision. In the meantime, Rothschild sought Renee out in the camp. “I didn’t even know he was coming,” Renee Rothschild recalled in a recent interview with the couple more than 70 years later in Louisville, where they now live. OK, you say, but what's the news angle? Glad you asked: Earlier this month, at his Congregation Adath Jeshurun in Louisville, John Rothschild celebrated the 80th anniversary of his bar mitzvah, the traditional Jewish right-of-passage from boyhood 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
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
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
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
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
All the news that's fit to blog
Peter Smith has a nice column today related to "Veggie Tales" and "The Blind Side." Appears to be for the Boston Globe's Articles of Faith for a little bit. Peter Smith, as you said, does this, too
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
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, 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
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