The newspaper began publishing in 1916 as the Sun Journal following the merger of two older newspapers, the Sun and the Journal, in 1914. It was acquired by the New Bernian newspaper in 1923. In 1974 it was acquired by Freedom Communications, Inc. It was owned by Freedom Communications until 2012, when Freedom sold its Florida and North Carolina papers to Halifax Media Group, which itself was acquired by GateHouse Media in 2015. In 2015, Halifax was acquired by New Media Investment Group.
The Sun Journal has a daily circulation of 11,100 and a Sunday circulation of 12,500. It is a broadsheet-format daily (seven days, mornings) with website.
The current publisher is Mike Distelhorst, editor is Randy Foster and advertising director is Terry Tokey.