Articles about "San Francisco Chronicle"

Shown are the main offices of the San Francisco Chronicle newspaper in San Francisco, Friday, March 13, 2009.(AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

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 (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


What day will SF Chronicle run its food coverage?

Pick Wednesday. If the San Francisco Chronicle does, actually, end its Sunday stand-alone food section, as The New York Times reported Wednesday, it would be in pretty good company if it moved its food coverage to Wednesdays.

“Some do Thursdays but Wednesday is most common,” said Rick Edmonds, media business analyst for Poynter, in an e-mail. “Having food content and related advertising (much of it preprinted inserts) in one issue is a plus for the advertisers.”

Linda Stradley tries to keep up with American newspapers and their food coverage through her web site, What’s Cooking America. But it can be hard, she said in an e-mail with Poynter.

“Keeping them updated was even harder,” she wrote. “For some reason the newspapers like to change their links.”

And sadly, she said, they’re all downsizing.… Read more

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Bronstein: SF Chronicle paywall made a half-million dollars in four months

Bloomberg TV

“My understanding from people who work there is that they made probably close to $500,000 during the course of that four months,” former San Francisco Chronicle Editor Phil Bronstein tells Bloomberg West host Emily Chang about his old paper’s paywall, which it installed in late March of this year and disabled in August.

So why didn’t it work, Chang asks Bronstein, who is now the executive chair of the Center for Investigative reporting.

“Paywalls are an attempt to keep the audiences they have and keep them paying,” Bronstein, who stresses he wasn’t involved in the paywall’s installation, says. “But that audience is dwindling.” Journalists, he says, suffer from from “higher calling disease” and are scrambling to reconnect with an audience that now seeks news from many channels.… Read more

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San Francisco Chronicle drops its paywall

The San Francisco Appeal | SF Weekly | SFist

The San Francisco Chronicle will publish its content on both and, effectively ending its paywall. The Chronicle launched its paywalled site, — which featured premium content — in late March.

“SFGate will continue to provide readers with a broad spectrum of content as well as all Chronicle reports and columns,” Chronicle Publisher Jeffrey Johnson and President Joanne Bradford say in a statement to Eve Batey of The San Francisco Appeal (a Chronicle rep later sent Poynter the same statement). “The site will continue to provide readers with an online version that replicates a newspaper experience and reflects the changes in the news throughout the day.”

“We will continue to increase the unique assets that distinguish, including design features, utility and unique offerings to subscribers that differentiates it from our other content platforms,” Johnson and Bradford say in their statement.… Read more


San Francisco Examiner sues San Francisco Chronicle

SF Weekly | Associated Press

The San Francisco Newspaper Company, which owns the San Francisco Examiner, says the Hearst-owned San Francisco Chronicle “offered ad space to advertisers for a fraction of its cost on the condition that the advertisers not buy ads in the Examiner.”

“The suit also requests financial damages ‘in an amount to be proven at trial,’” Joe Eskenazi reports. “Per the law, that dollar figure could then be tripled.”

Greg Gilchrist, another Examiner attorney, claims the paper can produce material evidence proving the Chronicle not only targeted Examiner advertisers with deep discounts — as low as $1,000 “or even less” for full-page ads listed at between $59,000 and $92,000 on the Chronicle’s advertising rate card — but, on occasion, demanded exclusivity in return for secret and preferential rates.

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San Francisco Chronicle changes style on ‘illegal immigrant’

The San Francisco Chronicle changed its style on “illegal immigrant” Monday. It’s the latest of several publications to reconsider the term.

The newspaper’s new style will “essentially match” the Associated Press’ style on the term, David Steinberg, copy desk chief at the Chronicle, said in an email to Poynter.

Chronicle journalists are now advised not to refer to a person as “illegal” or as an “alien;” instead, “illegal” should only be used in describing the means by which they entered the country, and only with proper attribution.… Read more


The article incorrectly stated that comedian Phyllis Diller is deceased. She is not.

A correction in the San Francisco Chronicle

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SF Chronicle releases $5.99/month, $59.99/year iPad app

San Francisco Chronicle
As part of the app subscription, readers will also receive the Sunday print Chronicle if they live in the circulation area. The Hearst-owned newspaper says content will pushed to the app before it’s posted on SFGate. The San Francisco Shutter Co. is sponsoring free access to the app for 30 days. || YouTube (May 7): Where is the iPad app for Hearst’s newspapers?… Read more


SF Chronicle building may become a tech campus

Bay Citizen
San Francisco Historical Society’s president says it’s ironic that Hearst appears to be giving over the Chronicle building to tech firms. “This is about organic changes in urban life coupled with the fact of always-changing technology,” he says. “The utilization of that space for a dying newspaper, in their eyes, just doesn’t pencil out.” Chronicle staffers are concerned about being evicted from their home, but publisher Frank J. Vega says the Chronicle “will occupy the building at Fifth and Mission for the foreseeable future.”… Read more