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LAist: Year One

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Tom Berman, LAist's original editor, launched this site, a year ago today, with the following words:

we've decided to try something novel: focus on the city itself, and leave that Hollywood stuff to everybody else. We love this place, and we think it deserves a news source that covers its news with all the energy of the people who inhabit it. We'll be commenting on local news, media, sports, and arts on a daily basis.

Since becoming editor, We I have found what a daunting task "focusing on the city itself" really is. Few of us look at Los Angeles from the same perspective or experience the city in the same ways. I'm an "industry" guy who has spent his entire LA life living in the Valley. How do I know what's important for people living and working south of the 10 or in the beach communities or downtown for that matter? It is quite the challenge. We're bursting with a staff of nearly twenty semi-regular contributors and every day I see at least four or five different stories that we could've covered but didn't.

As we move in to LAist: Year Two, our goal is to write about even more of the neighborhood specific stories that don't get much media notice; to continue to be a place where you can come to find out about everything interesting going on in the city every night of the week; to give our own perspective on those events; to examine how LA is presented in fictional media and perceived by the world; to get you into even more events with our giveaways and contests; and, to drink more, preferably more often with all of you.

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