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 informs and builds faith and non-faith community through digital journalism and online and offline engagement opportunities.
SpokaneFāVS believes in building community and in bridging divisions through independent, transparent journalism and commentary, and engagement that emphasizes inclusion, acceptance, understanding, and respect. We give voice to the widest range of belief traditions with a particular interest in those whose voices have been muted or ignored. We strive to be politically neutral but recognize the intersection of ethics and values in any discussion of religion, politics, and ideological diversity. We demonstrate a wide-ranging worldview but remain deeply rooted in our home, which is the Inland Northwest.
SpokaneFāVS will be the primary place to articulate faith and nonfaith practices in the Inland Northwest in which divisions are healed and communities connected.
Demographics of Our Writers and Readers
Funding has been provided by Humanities Washington and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act economic stabilization plan of 2020.
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.