SF Chronicle launches premium website

More paywalls and subscription-only access hit the print media world this week, with the San Francisco Chronicle launching sfchronicle.com, a premium website that current print subscribers have access to. Those who don’t can shell out $12 a month to read the paper’s “unrivaled content” and see its “brilliant photos.” The Chron’s previous website, SFGate, will remain free, but with a more limited focus on “what’s happening today,” i.e. breaking news, local and national news, weather, traffic, sports, entertainment, etc. From an SFGate article written by the paper’s president, Mark Adkins, that details the change:

Subscribers to the new website will find the newspaper’s unrivaled content with brilliant photos, an uncluttered format and the familiar design of the Chronicle. Premium stories and columns will update and change with the news throughout the day…SFChronicle.com is one more step in this Chronicle’s journey through the digital age. It gives subscribers another option for getting the news and information they value from the Chronicle in a digital format organized like a newspaper and easy to use.

Interesting. Check out some screenshots below of the new site. It definitely has a cleaner, more streamlined look than SFGate, but it’s unfortunate that not all will have access to it.

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Adkins’ introduction of sfchronicle.com is posted on both websites. Very different looks:

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You get the gist of it. Check out SFBay’s article for more details: Chronicle forces readers to cough up for content.

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