First debuting as a “construction blog” in August 2011, SpokaneFāVS officially launched in spring 2012 as a gathering place for nonsectarian coverage of faith and values news from the Spokane area. The project was created through a generous grant to the site’s original owner, Religion News, from the Lilly Endowment. Now the site is independently owned by Publisher Tracy Simmons (Spokane Faith and Values, LLC) and operates as a 501(c)3 non-profit news organization (SpokaneFāVS), which is overseen by a board of directors.
Currently, FāVS is supported in-part by the Empire Health Foundation.
SpokaneFāVS provides non-sectarian coverage of religion, spirituality and ethics in the Inland Northwest. We promote dialogue through online journalism and community engagement opportunities.
Spokane Interfaith Council
In 2016, SpokaneFāVS partnered with the Spokane Interfaith Council, which has a 68-year history in Spokane. The Interfaith Council’s mission is to work at “recognizing that the entire faith community can work together to foster greater understanding and respect among people of different faiths, and to discover that together we can make a difference in the areas where we share common ground and purpose.” The goal of the Interfaith Council is to do this work by organizing offline events, such as Meet The Neighbors, which is in partnership with the national Know Your Neighbor campaign.
The Spokane Interfaith Council now operates under the SpokaneFāVS non-profit umbrella. This new partnership will strengthen our shared mission to foster religious literacy in Spokane and community engagement in the Inland Northwest.
Objective journalism is key to the SpokaneFāVS mission. The Interfaith Council makes no editorial decisions and SpokaneFāVS maintains editorial independence.
How can I become a FāVS writer?
We’re always looking for more writers! We ask our volunteer columnists to write six columns a year on any topic, issue, or current event they’d like. We’re happy to work with you on brainstorming ideas or polishing your writing. Columns may be edited for length or clarity, and in keeping with our non-sectarian mission, columns may not be used for proselytizing.
We are always looking for journalists, too, and pay our freelance journalists a per-story fee. If you’d like to volunteer to be a columnist or apply to be one of our news writers, just contact us!
How are you funded?
We are funded through grants, donations, memberships and sponsorships. We hope you’ll consider supporting us!
Is SpokaneFāVS religiously affiliated?
No. SpokaneFāVS is a non-sectarian organization and is not affiliated with any religious organization.
Is SpokaneFāVS a liberal organization?
No, not at all. SpokaneFāVS strives to include people of all faiths in our news coverage and commentary and has almost 50 columnists with varying perspectives across the religious and political spectrum. We are currently seeking more conservative and Evangelical voices to add to our team of writers. If you’d like to be a columnist for FāVS email TracySimmons@SpokaneFAVS.com.
Who does SpokaneFāVS partner with?
We are media partners with the Spokesman-Review and the Religion News Service.
I have a story idea. How can I get it to you?
We’d love to hear your ideas! Just pitch your story via email to our editor at Tracy.Simmons@SpokaneFAVS.com.