RANGE is a media organization for people who love the Inland Northwest and want to make it better. We are building an anti-racist, equity-minded, class-focused newsroom striving to spotlight the perspectives and expertise of members of marginalized communities, from the ground up.
We’re devoted to thinking about how we can imagine and build a better world than the one we currently live in, and we try to do it all by balancing anger and humor.
We report honestly and fairly, and host incredible conversations with folks whose talent, vision, and expertise isn’t always heralded in traditional media.
- The more people who participate in civic life, the more our cities, regions, and states will reflect the people who live there.
- Information access, and ultimately news awareness, are vital requirements for civic action and should be accessible to everyone.
- For many reasons, community members at the margins are either actively excluded or self-select out of news awareness and civic participation.
We want to refocus the news in the Inland Northwest toward the needs of ordinary people by cultivating complex conversations, expanding our moral imagination, and holding the powerful accountable. We are building action-oriented journalism that serves people where they are and gives everyone the tools to demand better.
The ultimate goal is building a journalism outlet focused on the kind of reporting that can change lives, helping as many community members as possible move from disempowerment and lack of news access toward meaningful information, citizen advocacy, and activism.
We want to help provide the journalistic spark for a more robust, democratic, just and fair region.
How we started
RANGE started as a personal project and podcast from founder Luke Baumgarten in April 2020. Now we’ve grown to a small team of three — and we’re still growing.
Spokane is changing faster than most of us ever imagined. The choices we make today will impact the region for generations.
We’re not trying to replace the Inlander or The Spokesman-Review. RANGE is a supplement to the great reporting happening in local newsrooms. We also think of ourselves as an antivenom to the reactionary tone of editorial pages and certain slices of the radio and TV dial.
Where we are
RANGE is based in Spokane, Washington. We cover our city, as well as the greater Inland Northwest — from Central Washington to the Idaho Panhandle and when it impacts us, even Western Montana.
Who owns us
We do! RANGE is owned by the Spokane Workers Cooperative, which means all RANGE employees are worker-owners of our news outlet and the other businesses that SWC owns.
SWC is governed by a board of directors elected from among the worker and investor members. Each business in our cooperative operates with independence, so no SWC business or the board can tell RANGE what to do or what to report on and we can’t tell another business to do their work differently. We believe this ownership model ensures independence and helps build up our community.
How you can get involved
RANGE is a reader-supported publication. You can help us grow by becoming a paid subscriber starting at $10 per month or $100 per year.
If you don’t have the means to support RANGE financially, it’s okay! You can still read and listen to 100% of our content for free. And if you like it, you can support us by sharing our work with your friends and family and helping get the word out however you can.
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Our mission is to do the kind of reporting that can change lives for our community members in the Inland Northwest. To do this, our readers and sources need to be able to have confidence in our work.
Our standards of editorial independence are adapted from the Institute for Nonprofit News:
Our organization retains full authority over editorial content to protect the best journalistic and business interests of our organization. We make news coverage decisions based on journalistic values, our staff’s capacity, and our acceptance of financial support does not constitute implied or actual endorsement of donors or their products, services, or opinions.
We accept membership dollars, donations, grants and sponsorships from individuals and organizations for the general support of our activities, but our news judgments are made independently and not on the basis of donor support. This means that the decisions on the stories we pursue, the angles we identify, and the quotes we use are made according to what we believe is most important to our communities.
Our organization may consider donations to support the coverage of particular topics, but our organization maintains editorial control of the coverage. We will cede no right of review or influence of editorial content, nor of unauthorized distribution of editorial content.