Connecticut-based marks fifth faith and values community news site launch for Religion News LLC

Oct. 12, 2012

Contact: Tiffany McCallen
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(Hartford, Conn.) — The recent launch of marks the fifth faith and values (FĀVS) community news site for Religion News LLC, the parent company of Religion News Service. The Connecticut-based site is a unique combination of professional and community-driven, daily content that covers all faiths, values and ethics through stories, blogs, panel questions, multimedia storytelling, social media forums and more.

Hartford Courant alum and award-winning reporter Ann Marie Somma manages the site.

“I'm very excited about the launch of Hartford Faith and Values and the opportunity to share stories and viewpoints of the Hartford religious community,” Somma said.

In addition to engaging religion reports and dialogue, also provide tools to help community members explore beliefs within and outside their traditions, including:

The site takes over the former website, the first faith hyperlocal website in Connecticut, created by the current editor of, Tracy Simmons. Content from Creedible, as well as some of its contributors, is part of Hartford Faith and Values. was developed by Religion News LLC in an initiative to create local religion news sites in the U.S. where faith coverage is underreported or could be expanded. Its partners are the national Religion News Service, (Wash.), (N.C.) (Mo.) and (Ohio).

RNLLC and RNS are headquartered at the University of Missouri’s School of Journalism. The community news sites are part of a $3.5 million grant from the Lilly Endowment.