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The Cleveland Plain Dealer has revealed their front page for Saturday, Joey Morona reported.

“The cover of tomorrow’s Plain Dealer is wonderful,” said Emmet Smith, now a senior designer at The Washington Post. Smith designed the front page of the Plain Dealer four years ago when James announced his departure. “It’s one that a lot of Clevelanders will be holding onto for a long, long time. Love the Robert Carter illustration. It hits all the right notes.”

Here’s that front page:

“My head’s definitely with my friends at The Plain Dealer today, but The Post is an exceedingly special place to work. We get more than our fair share of days like this around here, too,” Smith said. “Today just happens to be Cleveland’s.”

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I asked Smith why that page continues to be so popular.

“The internet. LeBron. Cleveland. Who really knows what makes something iconic? I like to think it’s that we as a newsroom understood our readers and the moment. If you can get those things right, the rest comes pretty easily.”

Come back yourselves tomorrow morning, and Sam Kirkland will have a collection ready with how other papers responded on their fronts.… Read more

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Advance Local president: ‘signs of success are everywhere’

Privately held Advance has been mostly mum on the results of its cutback of print editions in most markets and the relaunch of its newspapers as digital media companies. But in a year-end letter to employees, Advance Local President Randy Siegel partly answers one key questions skeptics like me have been posing:

Most of our new organizations are rapidly increasing their digital revenue and approaching the point where digital ad revenue growth will be larger than print ad revenue declines. This positions us well for the future given the inexorable shift of print advertising dollars to digital. When we started launching our new companies, growing digital ad revenue faster than losing print ad revenue was one of our preeminent goals and we are getting there sooner than expected. A special shout-out to our sales teams in Michigan, New Orleans and Syracuse where 25-30 percent year-over-year digital gains now seem par for the course.

Siegel also confirms that the print-to-digital strategy is coming to its New Jersey, Massachusetts, Staten Island and  Pennsylvania titles in the New Year.… Read more

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Plain Dealer plans special print section to explain shift to digital

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The Plain Dealer, which laid off about 50 employees Wednesday, “plans a six-page special section in Sunday’s paper to further explain the changes ahead,” Jay Miller reports.

The laid-off employees “are eligible to apply for jobs at the Northeast Ohio Media Group, a new company that will produce digital content for Cleveland.com,” Miller reports.

The paper’s guild expects “about 110 guild-covered employees to remain in the newsroom following the layoffs,” the Associated Press reports.

But in CJR, Dean Starkman writes that Publisher Terry Eggers “sent an answer that was non-responsive” when asked how many positions would remain.… Read more

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Plain Dealer ‘eliminated the jobs of approximately 50 journalists’

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The Plain Dealer’s promised layoffs took place Wednesday morning. About 50 people lost their jobs, one report says.

“Many of those let go will be familiar names to readers – reporters, columnists, photographers and artists whose bylines have accompanied some of the paper’s finest content, and whose expertise touches virtually every subject the paper covers, from transportation and investigative reporting to education and sports coverage,” a post on the Save The Plain Dealer Facebook page says. “Many others, though less well-known publicly, have been every bit as essential to the quality of The Plain Dealer. They are editors, page designers and others whose skills have ensured a high-quality daily newspaper.”

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Plain Dealer layoffs coming today

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“Reporters, editors, photographers, page designers and others have been told to wait by their phones between 8 and 10 a.m. to learn whether they have been let go, or whether they should show up for work,” a post on the Save The Plain Dealer’s Facebook page says.

The group plans two gatherings in Cleveland Wednesday: A rally at 6 p.m. outside the Plain Dealer offices, and a get-together at the Market Garden Brewery at 7 p.m.

Plain Dealer science writer John Mangels, who helped organize the Save The Plain Dealer campaign, wrote on Facebook Wednesday that he will leave. “The PD’s long, admirable commitment to in-depth science coverage was ending, so I volunteered to be among those laid off today.”

Plain Dealer Guild President Harlan Spector told Crain’s Jay Miller “the paper was reneging on an agreement about the number of jobs that would be retained by the newspaper company,” Miller writes.

“They told us we’d have 110 jobs guaranteed,” he said. “Now it looks like they are going to do something else and bring our numbers below that.”

In an email response to the Guild’s charges, Terry Egger, president and publisher of Plain Dealer Publishing Co., said, “We have always negotiated with them in good faith and have been able to reach and honor all agreements.

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The Plain Dealer will end daily home delivery

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The Cleveland Plain Dealer will deliver papers only three times per week, but it will print every day, the paper announced Thursday. The change will come this summer.

The company will also reorganize as the Northeast Ohio Media Group, which will handle “advertising sales and marketing for The Plain Dealer, Cleveland.com and Sun newspapers,” the announcement says. “And, Northeast Ohio Media Group will provide content for all print and digital products.”

Plain Dealer science writer John Mangels described the changes as “bittersweet” in a phone call with Poynter. “It’s better than what we had expected,” he said. In a newsroom meeting announcing the changes, Mangels said, management said planned layoffs would be delayed until late summer.

Plain Dealer staffers launched a campaign this past November they hoped woud ward off a move to three-day-a-week printing, which the paper’s owner, Advance, has instituted at its papers in Alabama, New Orleans and Harrisburg, Pa.Read more

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Cleveland Plain Dealer union members ratify new agreement

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Cleveland Plain Dealer Guild members today ratified a proposed six-year contract that raises salaries by 8 percent and protects employees from staff cuts through early 2019; the raise takes effect after 58 positions are eliminated in 2013, a cut that eliminates about one-third of the newsroom.

The Guild was part of a “Save the Plain Dealer” public awareness campaign to protect the paper from staff cuts and a reduced print schedule, which its owner Advance has implemented or is currently implementing at its publications in Michigan, New Orleans, Alabama, Pennsylvania and New York.… Read more

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Cleveland Plain Dealer union gets new deal that protects staff from future layoffs, raises pay 8%

The Cleveland Plain Dealer has reached a new, tentative six-year agreement with the Guild’s bargaining committee. The new agreement offers some protections to the 58 people to be laid off next year and offers more protection to the employees who stay. The agreement also sheds some light on Advance’s plans for Cleveland publishing.

The layoffs were announced separately earlier this week and are not subject to negotiation. They will reduce the 168 Guild members in the newsroom by about one-third.

But the bargaining committee was able to limit future layoffs. “They had wanted to add a provision that allowed them to lose four [Guild] members a year through the length of the contract through attribution or layoffs,” Harlan Spector, chairman of the newspaper’s unit of the Northeast Ohio Newspaper Guild, said by phone Thursday night. “That could have been four layoffs a year for five years. … We gave them the right to lay off up to 5 in 2014 but then we’re done, everybody is protected after that.”… Read more

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Cleveland Plain Dealer tells Guild it plans to cut about one-third of newsroom staff

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In a note posted on Facebook, Guild members say the Advance-owned Cleveland Plain Dealer has told them it plans to eliminate about one-third of the staff in 2013.

Harlan Spector, chairman of the newspaper’s unit of the Northeast Ohio Newspaper Guild, said by phone that the paper would be cutting 58 positions from a Guild group of about 168. Those people would be laid off or offered positions with Cleveland.com. Some managers will also be laid off, Spector said, but the Guild is not privy to those numbers.

The changes would come after the latest contract — which prohibits layoffs — expires on January 31, 2013.

Friends and supporters, we wanted to let you know that The Plain Dealer has told the Guild it plans to reduce the number of Guild members in the newsroom to 110 next year. Guild members are the heart of the paper. They report, photograph, copyedit, design, draw, create graphics, archive information, edit and so much more. The reductions, which represent about 1/3 of our membership, would be devastating to the news-gathering operation. The paper said most of the reduction would be through layoffs, though some employees will be offered jobs at cleveland.com.

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Connie Schultz resigns from Cleveland Plain Dealer

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The columnist, who is married to U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown, writes in a note to colleagues that “in recent weeks, it has become painfully clear that my independence, professionally and personally, is possible only if I’m no longer writing for the newspaper that covers my husband’s senate race on a daily basis,” so “it’s time for me to move on.” She apologized earlier this month for “crashing” a Tea Party event and failing to mention that her husband’s opponent was in attendance and that she had videotaped him. Schultz, who has been at the Plain Dealer for 18 years, writes in her farewell piece:

I leave The Plain Dealer with gratitude, and plenty to do. I’m working on my next book, and will continue to write essays for Parade magazine. I’m still a columnist with Creators Syndicate, and I’ll continue to focus on issues of social and economic justice. I’m weighing other options, and look forward to what comes next.

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