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Religion News Service Prepares for Its 75th Anniversary

31 Jul

For Immediate Release

WASHINGTON, July 31, 2008 - Religion News Service (RNS), the only secular wire service focused exclusively on religion, ethics, spirituality and moral issues, is entering its 75th year with a new Web site, an expanded blog, and a keen focus on the evolving online content needs of its subscribers.

RNS, an independent subsidiary of Advance Publications, will kick off its anniversary year with a move to new offices in Washington, D.C. The move will take place within the next few months, timed with the closure of Newhouse News Service, with which RNS currently shares office space.

"Next year marks our 75th anniversary, and we're just getting started," said RNS Editor Kevin Eckstrom. "The religion beat remains one of the most interesting and exciting to cover, and RNS will be there for its many clients and readers, in whatever format they demand."

RNS will continue to deliver the high-quality religion coverage subscribers expect, while expanding its online offerings.

Religion Press Release Services (RPRS), the press release distribution service that is ancillary to RNS, will offer more automated options to customers through the RNS Web site. Both the customer base and the subscriber base of RPRS continue to grow, and RPRS is unique in its ability to offer clients access to the top religion editors and reporters in both religious and secular media.

The first phase of the updated www.religionnews.com Web site was unveiled in April, and new features will be rolled out in the next several months.

Subscribers to Religion News Service will receive access to the news and features online, as well as access to RNS's extensive archives. A variety of print and Web syndication subscription options are available.

RNS has a large worldwide network of correspondents, stringers and columnists delivering syndicated news and opinion daily to more than 100 major daily newspapers, including The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, The New York Times and USA Today. In addition to such media organizations as Time magazine, Newsweek, National Public Radio and PBS, hundreds of award-winning magazines, broadcasters, religious publications and Web sites subscribe to the service.Contact: Kevin Eckstrom
202-383-7865
kevin.eckstrom@religionnews.com

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