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Welcome to the 70th RNA Annual Conference!
Saturday, September 21 • 3:00pm - 4:00pm
BREAKOUT PANEL: How to Cover Horrific Events

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Gun violence, hate crimes and natural disasters devastate communities. They also create difficult assignments for religion reporters. This panel will explore how to respectfully cover a horrific event and how to take care of yourself in the process.

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Holly Meyer

Religion Reporter, The Tennessean
@HollyAMeyer  //  Holly Meyer covers religion for The Tennessean, which is the daily newspaper in Nashville, Tenn. Her stories regularly appear in USA TODAY and other publications across the USA TODAY NETWORK. During her decade-long career as a professional journalist, Holly also... Read More →

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Jennifer Berry Hawes

Watchdog and Public Service reporter, The Post and Courier (Charleston, SC)
@JenBerryHawesJennifer Berry Hawes works on the Watchdog and Public Service desk of The Post and Courier, the daily newspaper in Charleston, S.C. She was part of the team that produced “Till Death Do Us Part,” the newspaper’s series about domestic violence that won the Pulitzer... Read More →
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Jamie Aten

Blanchard Chair of Humanitarian Disaster Leadership, Humanitarian Disaster Institute
@drjamieaten  //  Dr. Jamie Aten is the founder and executive director of the Humanitarian Disaster Institute and Blanchard Chair of Humanitarian & Disaster Leadership at Wheaton College (Wheaton, Ill.). His latest book includes "A Walking Disaster: What Katrina and Cancer Taught... Read More →
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Yonat Shimron

National Reporter and Senior Editor, Religion News Service
@yonatshimron //  Yonat Shimron joined RNS in April 2011 and became managing editor in 2013. She was the religion reporter for The News & Observer in Raleigh, N.C. from 1996 to 2011. During that time she won numerous awards. She is a past president of the Religion News Associati... Read More →
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Peter Smith

Religion editor, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
@PG_PeterSmith  //  Peter Smith is religion writer for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and previously covered religion as a staff writer for the Louisville Courier-Journal and a freelancer for Religion News Service. He is the current president of RNA.

Saturday September 21, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Ballroom A