San Francisco Chronicle

The San Francisco Chronicle, once imperiled, is profitable — and growing its digital business

The San Francisco Chronicle building (Photo by Julian Dunn via Flickr) When newspapers took a nosedive in the late 2000s, it appeared as if the San Francisco Chronicle might be one of the industry's biggest casualties. The paper reportedly was bleeding at least $50 million per year from its parent Hearst, a situation worsened by protracted labor negotiations, declining … Read More

Interstate General Media to close Inquirer.com

Philadelphia Magazine Inquirer.com and PhillyDailyNews.com, standalone websites for two newspapers owned by Interstate General Media, will soon close, Philadelphia Magazine reported Thursday. According to a memo obtained by Philadelphia Magazine, the two sites, which feature content from The Philadelphia Inquirer and The Philadelphia Daily News, will be "folded into" one site, Philly.com: What this means is that the … Read More

Newspaper distributor to do same-day delivery for Amazon

It's Thursday. Here's a pop quiz: How many media stories do you think you're about to get? UK newspaper distributor will do same-day Amazon deliveries: "Connect Group will make early morning deliveries at the same time as it delivers daily newspapers and use contractors to fulfill a second delivery in the afternoon." Connect distributes The Guardian and The Mirror, … Read More

San Francisco Chronicle debuts membership program

The San Francisco SEO Chronicle Thursday launched a program granting subscribers a series of perks including special access to Chronicle reporters and editors, discount offers from local businesses and tickets to museums and movies. The Chronicle currently offers a digital subscription for $10.99 per month and a print sub for $5.00 per week. Anyone with a … Read More

S.F. Chronicle social 'boot camp' changing culture, practices

The 148-year-old San Francisco Chronicle has invested in an off-site incubator for its journalists to learn about and experiment with a variety of digital tools, including social media. PBS Media Shift explored goals of the "boot camp" in January. Now that the effort is underway, I reached out to Marcus Gilmer, newsroom social media manager at the Chronicle and Sfgate.com. (He and I worked together at the Chicago Sun-Times last year.) Gilmer joined the Chronicle in December and has spent time at the incubator teaching social media skills and tools to reporters and editors. (This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.) Read More
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