PITTSBURG — The Morning Sun Publisher Jamey Honeycutt likes to say “if it’s news to you, it’s news to us,” and that sentiment is exactly what the paper is hoping to foster with its editorial advisory board.

Made up of representatives from the community, the editorial advisory board — which met for the first time Thursday — aims to bring constructive feedback to the paper and give the community a voice in the way it operates.

“Whether it is true or just a perception, newspapers are sometimes seen as being inaccessible or hard to communicate with,” Honeycutt said. “That is a perception I want to erase.”

Members of the editorial board included those involved in local government, schools, businesses and service organizations. With viewpoints from all aspects of the community, Honeycutt hopes to address everything from the paper’s reputation and quality to subscriber participation and advertising.

“What I hope to gain from this group is some direction and feedback,” he said. “In some cases, brutal honesty on how we can get better.”

During Thursday’s meeting, the board expressed concerns with advertising, coverage area and increasing local content, as well as getting involved in the community.

The Morning Sun is looking to expand the editorial board to 17 or 20 members, and is currently recruiting people to join. The staff is always looking for story tips, ways to connect and ways to improve, so the public is invited to call or stop by the office with any questions, tips or concerns.