SFGate’s Vlae Kershner discusses changing landscape of online journalism



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SFGate.com, the San Francisco Chronicle’s website, launched in 1994, ahead of schedule due to the San Francisco newspaper strike. SFGate bills itself as the first news site to offer content not contained in the newspaper, searchable archives and classifieds.
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Vlae Kershner has been the SFGate’s news director since 1999, after starting his Chronicle career as a city  reporter, assistant business editor and then economics editor. His work has ranged from coverage of government and politics to baseball and investments.

As part of his responsibilities overseeing SFGate, Kershner determines story play on the homepage, assigns content, hires and manages the homepage editors, and coordinates with newsroom colleagues and other departments.

Kershner, a Stanford graduate, was the editor and sports editor of The Stanford Daily, and is particularly proud of his 1974 Big Game story. Prior to working at The Chronicle, he spent a summer as a Pulliam Journalism Fellow in Indianapolis, then worked in Pasadena and for The Oregonian.

Kershner says his biggest scoop involved former California Governor Pete Wilson starting a campaign against illegal immigration, which led to Prop. 187.

Visit the site: http://www.sfgate.com/

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Milestones for SFGate.com:

SFGate turns 15: A timeline
http://blog.sfgate.com/stew/2009/11/03/sfgate-turns-15-a-timeline/

SF Chronicle launches premium website, SFGate remains free
http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/SF-Chronicle-launches-new-premium-website-SFGate-4378389.php

San Francisco Chronicle Drops its Paywall
http://www.poynter.org/latest-news/mediawire/221127/san-francisco-chronicle-drops-its-paywall/

SF Chronicle Releases Statement Confirming That All Chon Content Is No Longer Behind A Paywall
http://sfappeal.com/2013/08/sf-chronicle-spokesperson-on-reports-that-their-paywall-experiment-has-ended-no-comment/?utm_source=API%27s+Need+to+Know+newsletter&utm_campaign=7109b9d370-Need_to_Know_October_9_201310_9_2013&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_e3bf78af04-7109b9d370-31687873

Text by Katie Brigham and Thomas Johnson