Photo Gallery: Sun News Lounge opens
SAN BERNARDINO -- Welcome, community.
That was the message editors from The Sun and its parent group of newspapers gave to more than 60 people at its open house on Wednesday, promising a redoubled effort to connect with residents and others from San Bernardino.
The Sun's News Lounge is a key part of that focus, said Michael A. Anastasi, vice president and executive editor of the Los Angeles News Group, which includes the San Bernardino Sun.
"Newspapers, and certainly The Sun, have always been a hub for the community," Anastasi said. "This is a continuation in physical space of that same focus. "
The lounge will be open during business hours for the public to use computers or meet with reporters or each other.
Reporters and editors met with residents to discuss their thoughts about The Sun and its coverage, including which subjects they thought should have more focus.
The newspaper has modified its name - The Daily Sun, the Sun Telegram, the San Bernardino County Sun and now just The Sun - and moved several times since its first issue was published since Sept. 1, 1894, said Frank Pine, managing editor for digital news for the Los Angeles News Group.
It's good to be back next to City Hall, Pine said.
"We're happy to be be back downtown," he said. "It feels like coming home. "
The Sun will also hold events in the news lounge, starting with a seminar on bankruptcy March 28 at noon, which is full. But future events are being planned.
That's the first of many, Anastasi said.
"The most important thing about this center is that it gave us the opportunity to publically share our commitment to not only San Bernardino as a city but the greater San Bernardino area," he said.