RELIGION NEWS SERVICE (RNS) has announced the launch of Religion Hub, a new feature which highlights the religion journalism of RNS, The Associated Press (AP) and The Conversation/US (TCUS).

It appears on the RNS homepage, as well as on a separate landing page, found here.

The Hub is a project of the Global Religion Journalism Initiative – a collaborative effort of the three publications, funded by Lilly Endowment  Inc. The Initiative seeks to improve understanding of the world of faith. It also seeks significantly to increase the volume and reach of high-quality news stories about religious faith and practice and the impact of religion in the US and around the world.

The Initiative’s journalism seeks to provide balanced and nuanced coverage of major world religions, with an emphasis on explaining the religious practices and principles behind current events and cultural movements.

“Religion and beliefs affect nearly every aspect of the world around us”, said Deborah Caldwell, CEO and Publisher of Religion News Service. “The Religion Hub allows us to display our shared coverage, showing the breadth and impact of religion, spiritual practices and beliefs worldwide. Thanks to support from Lilly Endowment, the Global Religion Journalism Initiative [is able to seek] to expand the public’s understanding of religion’s role around the world.”

The Hub aims to offer a curated feed of balanced, cutting-edge religion news, features stories and explanatory reporting from RNS, AP, and TCUS. Offering its readers “one-stop shopping” about reporting on issues central to religion and faith, the Hub says it will provide readers with trustworthy and timely news.

Along with launching the Hub, RNS says it has grown significantly across all digital media platforms in the last year, increasing its website audience size, social media following and email newsletter subscribers.

* Ekklesia also strongly recommends the critical analysis and perspective of Religion Dispatches, which is entirely separate from the Religion Hub project. 

* Source: RNS and Religion Hub