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Behind the Curtain: Southern California Papers Open Public News Lounges

Magazine article Editor & Publisher

Behind the Curtain: Southern California Papers Open Public News Lounges

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The Pasadena Star-News and San Bernardino Sun in Southern California are inviting the public to sit back and relax in their newsrooms. Both newspapers hosted open houses in March to introduce their communities to their news lounges, which are open to the public during normal business hours and are equipped with computers, Internet access, tables, and a sitting area.

Digital First Media, parent company of both the Star-News and Sun, has opened more than 20 similar community media labs across the country as part of a community engagement initiative. The two Southern California lounges have been less than a year in the making, according to Los Angeles Newspaper Group vice president and executive editor Michael Anastasi.

Anastasi said the two papers were chosen to host news lounges because of their respective locations and renovated offices. The Sun had just moved to a new building next to San Bernardino city hall last November, and the Star-News had been renovated with new office furniture. Mariel Garza, LANG opinion editor and head of community engagement, said each publication is located downtown where there is a lot of foot traffic and surrounding businesses. …

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