April 17, 2014
Dear Spokane Faith & Values Community:
As publisher of Religion News Service and manager for the corporate owner of Spokane Faith & Values, I’m writing to share some news about upcoming changes at favs.news.
Two years ago, Religion News Service launched SpokaneFAVS in order to expand high quality, local religion news coverage. We hired the city’s most experienced religion reporter, Tracy Simmons, to lead the effort. We could not have been more pleased with the site and its content.
The Spokane community responded warmly, participating as bloggers, contributors, donors and advertisers. Many of you attended the Interfaith Progressive Dinner that helped to support the site, as well as our monthly Coffee Talks and mixers.
Unfortunately, we have been unable to raise enough funds for our organization to continue professional staffing of the site. As a result, Spokane Faith & Values will transition to a new business model in which Editor Tracy Simmons will take over ownership of the site on May 31 of this year.
We thank you for your willingness to embrace our bold entrepreneurial endeavor to report about religion, faith and values with balance, accuracy and insight. We hope you will continue to support this site in its new form in the weeks and months to come.
If you’re interested in learning how you can help sustain the important work of Spokane Faith & Values through financial or in-kind gifts, contact Editor Tracy Simmons, [email protected], (509) 240-1830.
Debra L. Mason
Religion News Services LLC