Religion News Service

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Religion News Service
TypeNews agency
FoundersLouis Minsky

Religion News Service (RNS) is a news agency covering religion, ethics, spirituality and moral issues. It publishes news, information, and commentaries on faiths and religious movements to newspapers, magazines, broadcast organizations and religious publications. It was founded in 1934.


RNS was founded in 1934 by journalist Louis Minsky as an affiliate of the National Conference of Christians and Jews. Everett R. Clinchy was the managing editor and co-founder.[1][2]

RNS was acquired by the United Methodist Reporter in 1983, by Newhouse News Service in 1994, then by the Religion Newswriters Foundation in 2011.[3]

In April 2015, the Catholic News Agency published an article disclosing that RNS had received a grant of $120,000 from the Arcus Foundation with the stated intent “to recruit and equip LGBT supportive leaders and advocates to counter rejection and antagonism within traditionally conservative Christian churches”, also questioning if the grant had biased RNS's coverage of traditional religion.[4] In response, RNS's then editor-in-chief Kevin Eckstrom said that the grant language is “Arcus’ description of their funding, not ours” and denied that the grant had any influence over editorial decisions at RNS.[5]

See also[edit]

Category:LGBT and Christianity


  1. ^ Dinnerstein, Leonard; Ross, Robert W. (June 1981). "So It Was True: The American Protestant Press and the Nazi Persecution of the Jews". The American Historical Review. 86 (3): 94. doi:10.2307/1860528. ISSN 0002-8762. JSTOR 1860528.
  2. ^ A., Blanchard, Margaret (2013). History of the Mass Media in the United States : an Encyclopedia. Taylor and Francis. p. 363. ISBN 978-1-135-91742-5. OCLC 866858198.
  3. ^ "About". Religion News Service. Archived from the original on July 26, 2022. Retrieved January 15, 2022.
  4. ^ Jones, Kevin (April 1, 2015). "An Arcus news service? RNS denies LGBT money influences religion coverage". Catholic News Agency. Archived from the original on April 23, 2015. Retrieved April 19, 2015.
  5. ^ O'Loughlin, Michael (April 8, 2015). "Religion News Service defends grant from gay-rights group". Crux. Archived from the original on April 16, 2015. Retrieved April 19, 2015.

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