April 24, 2008, DALLAS - The Associated Church Press recognized Religion News Service as one of the "Best of the Christian Press" at its awards announced April 22 in Dallas. RNS received first-place honors in the "Best in Class: News Service" category - the first time RNS has won this Award of Excellence for two consecutive years.
Judges described the service as possessing "intelligent, in-depth reporting." RNS editor Kevin Eckstrom said, "This award really belongs to our Washington-based reporting staff and our far-flung network of correspondents who are the backbone of Religion News Service. It's their work that was featured in our winning entry, and RNS would not exist without their talented contributions to our daily report."
RNS also received honors in the following categories:
- News Story, News Service/Newsletter/Website - First place for editor Kevin Eckstrom's article on the Virginia Tech shooting: "Excellent! Written one day after the shooting in Virginia - very timely. Solid article. Tight and to the point."
- Convention or Meeting Coverage: News Service - First place for senior national correspondent Adelle M. Banks's coverage of the Southern Baptist convention: "Writing for both a religious and secular audience can prove difficult - one can want more cheerleading, the other less - but Ms. Banks dud a nice job of staying down the middle. That is rare in religious reporting."
- Theme Issue, Section Or Series: Newspaper/News Service/ Newsletter/Website- First place for editor Kevin Eckstrom's series on "Death in America": "Very well-conceptualized, researched and written - both the breadth and depth are superb. Sparkling, informative writing! Outstanding! Excellent service to your readers."
"It's gratifying to be recognized for our efforts, especially considering the volatility of the news media environment," Eckstrom said. "Every day we strive to bring our readers and subscribers the best in religion news reporting, and we're honored to take home this award against such worthy competitors."
Religion News Service (http://www.religionnews.com/) has for almost 75 years been the only secular wire service focused exclusively on religion, ethics, spirituality and moral issues. A worldwide network of staff editors, correspondents, stringers and columnists delivers 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, more than 100 award-winning magazines, television stations, religious publications and Web sites subscribe to the service. Religion News Service is a unit of Newhouse News Service and Advance Publications.
The Associated Church Press (http://www.theacp.org/) is the oldest interdenominational religious press association in North America. Founded in 1916, it is an international community of communication professionals brought together by faithfulness to their craft and by a common task of reflecting, describing, and supporting the life of faith and the Christian community.Contact: Claudia Sans Werner 202-383-7870 firstname.lastname@example.org