Are you proud of religion reporting that you or your colleagues did in 2011? Religion Newswriters Association has 19 contest categories that recognize journalistic excellence for stories about faith, values, and ethics in newspapers, blogs, magazines, TV, radio and books. The
early-bird deadline is Jan. 13 (tomorrow!); regular deadline is Feb. 1. There are more than $10,000 in prizes. See www.rna.org for details.

If you’re not already an RNA member, joining will get you an additional discount on the contest entry fee — plus, everyone who joins as a new member AND enters at least one contest will be eligible for a drawing for a $200 VISA gift card! (Members get access to valuable journalism resources, ranging from source dabatases and story ideas, to an annual conference packed with professional development and networking opportunities. Annual membership is just $25 for students and retirees, $50 for journalists and educators, and $100 for PR professionals and the general public.)

Contest winners receive cash prizes and an award ceremony at RNA’s next conference: Oct. 4-6 in Bethesda, Md. Hope to see you there!

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