In a complex transaction designed to strengthen nonpartisan religion reporting, the newly nonprofit Religion News Service received a grant of almost $3.5 million from the Lilly Endowment and was acquired by the Religion Newswriters Association, effective June 1.
As newspaper circulation numbers fell and online journalism struggled for profits, "religion reporting became a lower priority," said RNA president Steve Maynard. When the for-profit Advance Publications sought a buyer for RNS in the fall of 2009, the Washington-based news service looked for help from the professional journalists' organization beyond the RNA's existing role of providing contracted assistance to RNS's business operations.
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Posted May 28, 2011 at 5:30 am
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