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April Coffee Talk — Religion Reporters: The Next Generation This Saturday


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April Coffee Talk — Religion Reporters: The Next Generation This Saturday

News Brief by Tracy Simmons

Join FāVS News on this Saturday for its next Coffee Talk, this time down on the Palouse!

For the past school year FāVS editor Tracy Simmons has been leading a group of journalism students from Washington State University on a religion reporting field trip where they toured houses of worship and learned about faiths and cultures they might report on one day. 

This included day trips to the Spokane Islamic Center, Temple Beth Shalom and the Pullman Ashram. The project concluded in March with an overnight visit to the Monastery of Saint Gertrude in Cottonwood, Idaho, where students interviewed nuns and pursued religion stories.

Fittingly, four of the students will discuss their year-long religion reporting experience at a panel at Community Congregational United Church of Christ, 525 NE Campus Street, on College Hill, near the WSU campus at 10 a.m., April 22. Coffee and refreshments will be served.

For those outside of Pullman, the event will also be made available via Zoom (link here).

Panelists are:

  • Anne Murphy is senior studying multimedia journalism at WSU, where she is also getting an editing and publishing certificate from the English department.
  • Alisa Volz is a senior majoring in multimedia journalism. After graduating this May, she hopes to work as a reporter in print journalism. At WSU she is involved in the Daily Evergreen, LandEscapes and STAGE Student Theatre.
  • Mikayla Finnerty is a senior studying multimedia journalism, editor of the Daily Evergreen, and is the FāVS social media manager.
  • Puneet Bsanti is a WSU senior studying multimedia journalism and English and freelancer for FāVS. She’s written several columns about the project including, “Visiting Spokane’s Synagogue,” “My Trip to the Spokane Islamic Center” and “My family’s Sikh religion.”
Tracy Simmons
Tracy Simmons
Tracy Simmons is an award-winning journalist specializing in religion reporting and digital entrepreneurship. In her approximate 20 years on the religion beat, Simmons has tucked a notepad in her pocket and found some of her favorite stories aboard cargo ships in New Jersey, on a police chase in Albuquerque, in dusty Texas church bell towers, on the streets of New York and in tent cities in Haiti. Simmons has worked as a multimedia journalist for newspapers across New Mexico, Texas, Connecticut and Washington. She is the executive director of SpokaneFāVS.com, a digital journalism start-up covering religion news and commentary in Spokane, Washington. She also writes for The Spokesman-Review and national publications. She is a Scholarly Assistant Professor of Journalism at Washington State University.


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