As we reach the end of 2012, the staff of Religion News Service can look back on a productive year. In the short span of 12 months, RNS:

  • Published nearly 1,550 stories and 975 photos.
  • Launched a clean new website that adapts to multiple platforms.
  • Expanded its coverage of Catholicism, Mormonism and atheism.
  • Added a team of thought-provoking bloggers, including Omid Safi, Jana Riess, and Mark Silk.
  • Started five online community Faith and Values news sites, or FAVS for short, in Hartford, Conn; Columbia, Mo.; Wilmington, N.C.; Toledo, Ohio; and Spokane, Wash.
  • And, oh yeah, RNS won a bunch of awards. Staff writer David Gibson picked up top honors in the 2012 Religion Newswriters Association contests. RNS staffer Dan Burke won a prize from the American Academy of Religion. And RNS was named “best in class” by the Associated Church Press.

And those are just the highlights.

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