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Finalist for two Religion Newswriters Associations 2015 awards: the Gerald A. Renner Award for Enterprise Reporting; and the Short Video Award.
The New York Times, "Pope’s Visit to East Harlem School Highlights Church’s Challenges," by Joshua Emerson, July 24, 2015.
Deseret News, "5 stories of faith from New York City that helped one man find his," by Shelby Slade, July 23, 2015.
The New York Times, "Central Park Festival to Highlight New York’s Vibrant Evangelical Movement," by Liz Robbins, July 9, 2015.
"That the event is in Manhattan’s most celebrated park, one rarely used these days as a religious stage, attests to the evangelicals’ increased traction in civic life. 'They now can say they constitute one of the chambers of the heart of the city,' said Tony Carnes, a sociologist who publishes an online journal, A Journey Through N.Y.C. Religions. ... According to Mr. Carnes, there are 1.2 million to 1.6 million evangelicals in the city, which he said was an increase of about 22 percent since 2000."
World magazine, "Church, Inc.," by Emily Belz, June 27, 2015
"Tony Carnes... has tracked religious trends in New York for decades..."
Acton Institute PowerBlog, "New York City is Post Secular and Highly Religious" by Anthony Bradley, June 9, 2015.
"What, then, is New York, and other large northern cities like her? They are religiously plural, politically progressive, 'post secular' cities."
The Religion Guy @getreligion, "Offering sociological journalism about the mosques of New York City" by Richard Ostling, June 2, 2015.
"Today’s New York City is not holy ground, but it’s “post-secular... Any newswriter interested in religion or immigration in America’s largest city can acquire ample material from the online magazine A Journey through NYC Religions... Journalists should take note."
The Exchange, Christianity Today, "Morning Roundup 6/2/15" by Ed Stetzer."
"As I learned recently, my ancestors were one of the founding families of New Amsterdam. However, that's not what I knew growing up. We were Irish and we were stronemasons. So, it's pretty neat to see both of those in this video!"
It's All Journalism. "Religion and empathetic journalism." March 6, 2015.
"Maybe Otis Redding had it right after all. Perhaps the best approach to reporting isn’t to start researching a story without emotion, guard up and skepticism out front, but with a little tenderness and compassion."
Finalist for the Religion Newswriters Association 2013 Gerald A. Renner Award for Enterprise Reporting.
Winner of the Religion Newswriters Association 2011 Gerald A. Renner Award for Enterprise Reporting: "This is what enterprise reporting is all about: a brilliantly informative series about religion in New York City."
NY Post. "Do we need to integrate our churches?," February 23, 2015.
"A Journey Through NYC Religions found 130 ethnicities represented in the city’s evangelical churches."
National Geographic en Spanish. "Religion and tourism join hands in New York." January 15, 2015
"This religious change in recent years in New York is considered by many as a spiritual revolution, and is being recorded by A Journey through NYC religions, an international non-profit organization created in 2010 which now has 20 million visits. For its director, Tony Carnes, tourists' growing interest in religious subjects also feeds on the increasing attention to religious architecture, the preachers, the historical origins of different religions or cultural activities related to faith. An example is the success of the White Light Festival at Lincoln Center, showing the ability of music to "illuminate the many dimensions of our inner lives," held since every October and November since 2010. Hillsong services in Manhattan are also increasingly attended by tourists visiting the city of skyscrapers, joining other iconic religious tourist stops such as gospel masses in Harlem , the cathedrals of St. Patrick and St. John the Divine and walks through the neighborhoods of Orthodox Jews ."
The New York Times, "Tarzan and Jane’s Manhattan" mentions our mighty Deputy Director & Assistant Editgor Melissa Kimiadi working the "traveling rings" in Riverside Park, by Keith Mulvihill, July 24, 2014.
Vice, "NYC's New Megachurch Is More Popular Than Jesus," by Grace Wyler, May 6, 2014.
"Hillsong NYC isn’t the first New York City church that's tried to reach a younger, hipper crowd. Once considered a graveyard for church-planting, in recent years the city has become a hub of startup churches aimed at disrupting traditional religious models. “We’ve seen a number of different congregations throughout the city sprout up around the idea of just doing church in a different way,” said Melissa Kimiadi, deputy director of A Journey Through NYC religions. “Younger generations in New York City aren’t as closed off to religion as their parents were, so they are more open to different types of belief and worship.”
Featured on PBS television, " New York City's Houses of Worship"
In The Wall Street Journal's "Top Stories from New York" via Associated Press: "Despite its reputation, New York is not the godless Gomorrah that outsiders envision..., according to nycreligion.info..."
New York Magazine -- "we turned to nycrelgion.info, a group that is mapping out every one of the city's churches — for a walking tour of Manhattan's houses of worship."
Time magazine -- "A Journey Through NYC Religions...an awesomely granular website on Gothamite houses of worship"
The New York Times -- "Nobody else is looking so methodically for religion in New York...probably has more thorough and reliable numbers about religious life in New York than any..."
The Washington Post -- “With traditional media outlets eliminating religion reporters, Carnes' site may be the new face of religion reporting; an independent nonprofit doing quality journalism on a contract basis for the mainstream media. The site, which has gotten 390,000 page views to date, is modeled after ProPublica, a public interest journalism site that produced a Pulitzer this year.”
David Mills, First Things magazine -- "the always interesting website A Journey Through NYC Religions"
Cover story, Southern People Weekly, China --"Tony Carnes is attempting to record all the religious sites of the New York. He was not merely making a record, but through the web magazine A Journey through NYC religions to help people of different ethnic groups and faiths to get along better in the city."
Ed Stetzer, "The Exchange," Christianity Today -- "If you are not reading his ongoing work on NYC religion, you are missing out. It is fascinating and important work."
The NY Tech Blog-- "NYCReligion.info is an encouraging exercise of new media. The bare bones site’s open-minded approach to covering all religious/spiritual groups has made it into a major source of community-centric news that’s honest and comprehensive."
The Social Science Research Council-- A Journey through NYC religions offers "an infectious embrace of the urban landscape."
Religion in American History-- "a fascinating web venture"
The Media Project--"Online magazine reaches millions...a place where people can discover for themselves the innovations and valuable contributions of religion. The site is also a place where readers are free to discover religious options on their own without anyone telling them what to believe."
Notnewyork.org-- "A Journey Through NYC Religions is a website that covers religion throughout the five boroughs. Perhaps a bit “cleaner” than we ruffians here at Not New York, the site seemingly has no trouble slipping into cracks and alleyways in order to get the haps on religious life in our always warm and always sunny city."
Santospopsicles-- "cool project"
stephanienikolopolous.com-- "I love the way Carnes and his nonprofit organization are uniting houses of worship."