FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | December 2, 2019
Rewire.News—the leading online publication devoted to reporting on reproductive and sexual health, rights, and justice—announced today that its integrated vertical Religion Dispatches (RD) has separated from the publication. RD will now be supported by Political Research Associates, a think tank devoted to supporting movements for a more just and inclusive democratic society.
Religion Dispatches was initially conceived as an independent online magazine in 2007 in response to the largely uncritical coverage of religion during the George W. Bush era. Over the past 12 years, RD’s award-winning blend of scholarship and journalism has revealed the ways that religious thought influences our culture and governance. RD joined Rewire.News in September 2018, publishing over 250 articles in that time as it continued to interrogate the moral and ethical justifications of power structures that perpetuate injustice.
“As Rewire.News transitions to new leadership and a new strategic model, we wanted to make sure that Religion Dispatches has the best chance to thrive,” said Jessica Mason Pieklo, interim president and editor in chief of Rewire.News. “Political Research Associates is committed to helping RD grow, and we look forward to our publications partnering together in new ways in the months ahead.”
“I’m so grateful to everyone at Rewire.News for their support of Religion Dispatches during such a tumultuous time for digital media,” said Evan Derkacz, editor of Religion Dispatches. “Political Research Associates is committed to exposing movements, institutions, and ideologies that undermine human rights. RD will now form an essential pillar of that work.”
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