Belief Blog wins Religion Newswriters Association awards
October 8th, 2012
03:19 PM ET

Belief Blog wins Religion Newswriters Association awards

By Eric Marrapodi and Dan Gilgoff, CNN Belief Blog Co-Editors

(CNN) - We're gonna gloat.

Over the weekend, CNN's Belief Blog won a stack of awards from the Religion Newswriters Association at the group's annual conference.  It's a huge honor for us and we want to thank our readers, who help shape our coverage every day via comments, guest pieces, tweets and Facebook posts.

Here's a rundown of the awards, with links to the stuff that took top honors:

The Belief Blog won the Schachern Award for Online Religion Section of the Year. We also won the Gerald A. Renner Enterprise Religion Report of the Year for our series examining the the faith narratives of the Republican presidential candidates, including Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum,  Newt Gingrich,  Rick Perry and Herman Cain.

CNN, meanwhile, won RNA awards for television pieces, including National Network/Cable News Report of the year for our piece on preparing clergy for war, which aired on "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer."

CNN also won first place as RNA Television Magazine Report of the Year for our story on evangelicals battling budget cuts for AIDS funding that aired on "Stories: Reporter" with Tom Foreman, an occasional newsmagazine special.

CNN won second place in the same category for our story on a Philadelphia imam who opened up a boxing gym above his mosque, which also aired on "Stories: Reporter" with Tom Foreman.

Here's a list of all the winners from the RNA Awards.

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soundoff (87 Responses)
  1. HeavenSent

    Bowing, Bowing again. As you all know, I received the carnal worm award. I am so thrilled. I thank my mother, and my father, and my trailer park manager. Without them, I would not be here today.

    October 8, 2012 at 6:41 pm |
    • HeavenSent's 12-Year-Old Daughter

      Congrats Mom *cough* the kid's and I are all having a smoke and toasting to you with some MD 20/20.

      October 8, 2012 at 7:47 pm |
  2. HeavenSent

    I am ready for my close up......

    October 8, 2012 at 6:41 pm |
    • CNN Belief Blog

      Tragedy today...

      October 8, 2012 at 8:13 pm |
  3. therealpeace2all

    Congratulations, CNN Belief Blog ! Now, if you would just invest a bit of time and money to upgrade your servers, filters, and password protect monikers that would be a step in a better direction, and you might engage...even more followers and contributors.

    I am aware of many who have left because of the unprofessionalism of the structure of the blog.

    Just some suggestions... that have been given *many times* by *many people* 😯


    October 8, 2012 at 6:02 pm |
    • Dmitri


      October 9, 2012 at 2:01 am |
    • therealpeace2all


      Hello my friend ! 😯


      October 9, 2012 at 11:38 am |
  4. Meatwad

    Congratulations CNN, this is your first championship. We know you got close a number of times back in 2010 and 2011, that heartbreaker. But this time, you finally sealed the deal, all because of your writers, who gave you some really good articles, treated you like the news organization that you are cuz they are the puppet master pullin' the strings. Tell us... what’s going thru your mind?

    October 8, 2012 at 5:02 pm |
  5. Reality

    Obviously, the judges were not aware of the inane "secret" word/fragment filter or the moderators' inability to have singular ID's/names as all other restricted web sites have.

    And you would think that said moderators could find some religion scholars as resident experts. Stevie Prothero is not qualified based on his always "selling his books" comments and lack of commitment to his own religious beliefs. Based on comments on other web pages, the most one can as-sume is that he loves/(believes in) all the gods.

    October 8, 2012 at 5:02 pm |
  6. Towelie

    Towelie says, "When you are celebrating an award, don't forget to bring a towel!"

    October 8, 2012 at 4:49 pm |
    • hinduMithra ism Christianity baseofhindufilthyracism.

      Ya, you are suffering from diarrhea of hindu atheism, filthy secularism, do not forget to bring a diaper to avoid hind, stink of hindu Judaism, self center ism.

      October 8, 2012 at 5:34 pm |
    • Towelie

      I don't even know what's goin' on.

      October 8, 2012 at 5:43 pm |
    • Dmitri

      I am liking this towel.

      October 9, 2012 at 2:03 am |
  7. Where is your God now?

    Cynthia Cecilia Gonzalez of Longview Texas was arrested last Wednesday after her toddler daughter, Aura Delgado, 2-years-old, was taken to the hospital for serious injuries. Police believe the injuries were a result of what is believed to be atrocious physical abuse against the child. Baby Aura arrived at the Children’s Medical Hospital in Dallas with a black eye, bruised chest, cut gums, skull fracture, brain bleeds, a loose tooth and two front teeth missing which were allegedly knocked out by her mother punching her in the mouth.

    Staff reported that baby Aura will likely sustain life-long brain damage resulting from the abuse.

    October 8, 2012 at 4:47 pm |
    • hinduMithra ism Christianity baseofhindufilthyracism.

      hinduism, absurdity of a hindu, ignorant.

      October 8, 2012 at 6:11 pm |
  8. Where is your God now?

    A 9-year-old Alabama girl is dead after her grandmother and stepmother allegedly forced her to run for hours on end, without fluids. Police say the girl was ordered to run for 3 hours as punishment for lying to her grandmother, Joyce Hardin Garrard, 46, about eating candy bars. The Etowah County Sheriff’s reports the girls stepmother, Jessica Mae Hardin, 27, was an accomplice in the punishment. Both women were arrested after police determined the girls death to be a homicide. Police say the caregivers ran the little girl until she dropped, forcing her to run laps around their home until she finally collapsed.

    October 8, 2012 at 4:39 pm |
    • hinduMithra ism Christianity baseofhindufilthyracism.

      No need to lay hinduism, criminality of some hindu, criminal on truth absolute GOD, every one has a choice and who ever committed hinduism, illegality, responsibility is on him, Not on truth absolute GOD. Good lord has a choice and "HE" created human in his image, not physically but spirituality, and "HE" give same to human "CHOICE" otherwise known as right and made him King of his life, as good Lord said, I GAVE YOU THE AUTHORITY AND YOU THANK ME NOT. Take your responsibility for you own act's, no need to lay it on TRUTH ABSOLUTE, THE LORD AND THE GOD.

      October 8, 2012 at 4:53 pm |
    • hinduMithra ism Christianity baseofhindufilthyracism.

      Pickle juice is just another name for cuc.u.mber pickle-ism, dill weed ism, sour tart of back yard garden, old cuc.u.mbers with another pickled lid mason jar, feed humanity based on how many jars-ism of pickly beef steak ism 180 tomatoes, okra, tomatoes too absolute american dill pickles in support of American bar food ism.

      October 8, 2012 at 4:58 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Pickle juice is again leaking from my ears, as the worms eat away, in preparation for my life with Jeebus. I would not be able to discuss where the cuc.umber is at the moment. Suffice to say, it feels very good. Ooooooooooooh Jeebus.

      October 8, 2012 at 7:09 pm |
  9. Tommy Romines

    Silly award

    October 8, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
  10. hinduMithra ism Christianity baseofhindufilthyracism.

    Congratulation, A place to open minds to see light, truth for the one who seek truth of matter's. Good new's.

    October 8, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
    • Meatwad

      I can't see nothin' in here cuz I ain't got no damn money to pay the bills. I think I left the stove on too.

      October 8, 2012 at 4:33 pm |
  11. ME II

    Well done!

    Congratulations Eric Marrapodi, Dan Gilgoff, Stephen Prothero, et. al.

    October 8, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  12. Colin

    Well done Belief Blog. Congratulations. Well deserved. This is a great site for voicing and debating different views.

    October 8, 2012 at 4:15 pm |
    • Niloc

      Poorly done Belief Blog. Condolences. Not deserved. This is a horrible site for voicing and debating similar views.

      October 8, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  13. William Demuth

    I guess the bar has been lowered the final notch.

    Edward R. Murrow would be appalled!

    As I child I was raised to believe that the press had a vital role in ferreting out the truth.

    It was the Fourth Estate, independent, fiercely non-partisan, and the last great hope for democracy.

    Cable TV news and related medias have failed in that role, and our nation is the lesser for it.

    Today America fights unfounded (and unfunded) wars, our politicians are blatant liars, and our airwaves are for sale to the highest bidder, regardless of the nonsense they spread.

    Our reporters and anchors have become “info-tainers” of the lowest ilk, with an emphasis placed on long legs and incendiary rhetoric.

    If the press continues to fail in its role our democracy will not endure

    CNN, time is running out. Are you Journalists or are you Mice?

    October 8, 2012 at 4:10 pm |
  14. Where is your God now?

    At least a dozen monks and nuns in Tibet have set themselves on fire this year to protest their treatment by China, marking an escalation in the practice as China becomes an emerging power on the world stage. At the same time, self-immolation began spreading beyond Tibet. In November, a young Tibetan exile in India set himself on fire in front of a Chinese embassy.

    October 8, 2012 at 4:08 pm |
    • toad


      October 8, 2012 at 4:10 pm |
    • William Demuth

      Can we train the Imams in Pakistan in this approach?

      October 8, 2012 at 4:11 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Other One

      I think the Imams are familiar with the principle of self-immolation, William. They encourage people to do much the same thing, but with the release of a lot more calories over a much shorter period of time.

      October 8, 2012 at 4:16 pm |
    • William Demuth

      Ah, but the concept of "self" is a relative one.

      I have not heard of many who practice it, but I hear many preach it.

      October 8, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
    • hinduMithra ism Christianity baseofhindufilthyracism.

      Hard to do any thing by government of USA, Hobo's, self centered have no choice.

      October 8, 2012 at 4:33 pm |
  15. toad

    This is an anonymous blog, so don't be shy. How many of you believers have actually experienced incest? How many of you have at least contemplated it? Is it something you've been able to confess?

    October 8, 2012 at 4:08 pm |
    • William Demuth


      First off, it is NOT.

      You might think you are, but if you say or do something that alarms the correct people, they can easily find you.

      If you want to read about incest, I suggest you get a Bible.

      As I recall, they feature it in several stories (Lott in particular comes to mind)

      October 8, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  16. 24 Hour Crisis Center

    I like Serrano’s P!ss Christ. It represents what has come to surround Christianity since it has been hi-jacked by the political Right.

    October 8, 2012 at 4:04 pm |
  17. AvdBergism source of filthyRainerBraendleinism

    Absurdity of award. Commenters get share? No dogs get share.

    October 8, 2012 at 3:53 pm |
  18. Where is your God now?

    Mental illness remains a stigma worldwide. In many poorer countries, where there are few facilities and even less understanding of the cause and treatment for mental illnesses, those afflicted are often exiled or abused.

    In Indonesia, the plight of those with mental illnesses is to be condemned to a life in chains.

    October 8, 2012 at 3:48 pm |
  19. Meatwad

    I would like to thank the academy, my bunny, Carl and my imaginary dolls...I would like to have real dolls by I don't have any damn money...

    October 8, 2012 at 3:37 pm |
  20. truth be trolled

    I won an award??

    October 8, 2012 at 3:22 pm |
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