The American Academy of Religion, the world’s largest association of academics who research or teach topics related to religion, announces the winners of its 2023 awards for the best in-depth reporting on religion. Awards are given in two categories: Best In-Depth Newswriting and (new) Best In-Depth Multimedia Journalism.
Best In-Depth Newswriting
This year’s recipients submitted up to three news articles, columns, editorials, and other reporting in any published medium of any audience or market size published in the calendar year 2022. First-place winner receives $500; second-place, $150; and third-place, $100.
Best In-Depth Multimedia Journalism
This year’s recipients submitted up to three pieces of broadcast, radio, podcast, interactives, or other multimedia news media distributed for any audience or market size and published in the calendar year 2022. First-place winner receives $500; second-place, $150; and third-place, $100.
2023 Journalism Awards Jury
The 2023 AAR Journalism Awards jury for Best In-Depth Multimedia Journalism included Manya Brachear, host of People of the Pod and The Forgotten Exodus podcasts, with bylines in Chicago Tribune, Religion News Service, Time, and Moment; and Mary F. Foskett, Wake Forest Kahle Professor of Religious Studies and Albritton Fellow at Wake Forest University.
The 2023 AAR Journalism Awards jury for Best In-Depth Newswriting included Deborah Jian Lee, senior editor at the Economic Hardship Reporting Project, fellow at Harvard Divinity School, author of Rescuing Jesus (Beacon Press), with bylines in Foreign Policy, Fast Company, ELLE, Playboy, Slate, WBEZ, and WNYC; and Nicola Menzie, founding editor of Faithfully Magazine, with bylines in The Christian Post, Christianity Today, and Religion News Service.
Jury chair David Newheiser is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Religion and Critical Inquiry, Australian Catholic University, and a member of the AAR's Committee on the Public Understanding of Religion.