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Welcome to the 70th RNA Annual Conference!
Friday, September 20 • 8:30am - 9:30am
PANEL: Opinion Journalism On the God Beat

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Opinion writing plays an important role in the media and religion ecosystem. From Religion News Service's diverse roster of columnists to religion reporters at major newspapers penning the occasional editorial or news analysis piece, opinion journalism on the God beat takes many forms. This panel will center the experiences of RNA reporters and editors to expose the opportunities, benefits and pitfalls of opinion writing.

Moderators
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Guthrie Graves-Fitzsimmons

Freelance
@guthriegf  //  Guthrie Graves-Fitzsimmons is a freelance religion writer with bylines in the Washington Post, CNN, NBC News, The Daily Beast, Religion News Service, Religion Dispatches, Religion & Politics and other outlets. He was recently named one of the 2019 "Faith Leaders... Read More →

Speakers
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Cathleen Falsani

Correspondent, Religion News Service
Cathleen Falsani is an award-winning religion journalist and author of several nonfiction books, including The God Factor: Inside the Spiritual Lives of Public People, Sin Boldly: A Field Guide for Grace, and The Dude Abides: The Gospel According to the Coen Brothers She is co-editor... Read More →
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Jana Riess

Senior Columnist, Religion News Service
@janariess  //  Since 2008, Jana Riess has been an editor in the publishing industry, primarily working in the areas of religion, history, popular culture, ethics, and biblical studies. From 1999 to 2008, she was the Religion Book Review Editor for Publishers Weekly, and continues... Read More →
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Jacob Lupfer

Contributing Editor, The Relay Group
An expert on the institutional life of American Christianity, Lupfer is a political strategist and writer based in Baltimore. His consulting work focuses on candidates, PACs, and organizations (including faith groups) whose political positions fall outside the mainstream of the two... Read More →
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Simran Jeet Singh

Columnist, Religion News Service
@SikhProf  //  Simran Jeet Singh is a writer, activist, and scholar. He is currently on faculty at Union Seminary and a columnist for Religion News Service. He also serves as Senior Fellow for the Sikh Coalition.Singh is the host of a new interview-based podcast where he explores... Read More →


Friday September 20, 2019 8:30am - 9:30am
Ballroom B