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SpokaneFāVS wins national community initiative award

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Digital-Award-BadgeToday the Local Media Association awarded SpokaneFāVS the first place award for “Best Community Initiative.”

The national contest examined local media organizations doing unique, impactful things in the community.

SpokaneFāVS was recognized for taking its online conversations offline through Coffee Talks, Pub Talks, Mixers and Faith Feast.

About FāVS the judges commented, “This is really a unique local initiative that identified a community need and responded. Though this is a start-up, it offers lessons for other news media.”

Second place was awarded to The Abbotsford News and The Observer Media Group took third. Honorable mention went to the Newtown Daily News.

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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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