The paywall that San Francisco Chronicle flirted with for
years appeared over the weekend, accompanied by a euphemistic
letter from Chron president Mark Adkins. He characterized it as a safe harbor
for the paper's “premium content” (ie, news and columns) “uncluttered” by the
slideshows, celebrity gossip, and other link bait that clogs
While SFGate will remain free, retaining event listings, breaking
news, and staples like “Day in Pictures,” the Chron's bread-and-butter news
will be reserved for subscribers only.