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Plain Dealer readers will vote for charities to receive ‘editorial exposure,’ free advertising

The company that publishes The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer will send a ballot to subscribers Wednesday asking them to choose which of 50 local charities will receive "$1 million in free advertising in The Plain Dealer, Sun News and on"

The company's press release says "the 20 agencies receiving the most votes will get editorial exposure during the holiday season, valuable free advertising throughout 2014 and funding from donations contributed by the community." The advertising will be in print and online, Northeast Ohio Media Group's Shirley Stineman tells Poynter in an email.

The remaining agencies will get free advertising, and "Everyone who votes will be entered into a sweepstakes for a chance to win one of 10 iPads."

The Orange County Register announced a similar program at the beginning of 2013. The program's "business rationale doesn’t detract from the community value of the program; it just makes it much more affordable for the Register," Ken Doctor wrote at the time. (more...)

Plain Dealer will move its newsroom

Multiple staffers tell Poynter that Plain Dealer Managing Editor Thomas Fladung told staffers in a meeting Friday morning the newspaper's newsroom will leave its downtown Cleveland building.

There's no time frame for the move -- it could be eight weeks, it could be eight months, Fladung said, according to staffers. Fladung reportedly said the staffers in the building's first and fourth floors, which contain its newsroom and copy and production hubs, could move to the Plain Dealer's suburban production facility on Tiedeman Road in Brooklyn, Ohio, or possibly a downtown office.

The Northeast Ohio Media Group would move into the old space. That staff includes editorial staffers for and the Sun News papers. Unlike the Plain Dealer's staff, which is mostly unionized, those employees aren't. Asked by Poynter why the staff couldn't be placed in the same office, one person who was at the meeting reportedly expressed bafflement: "“Lord knows there’s plenty of space."

The Advance-owned paper announced in April it would end daily delivery of the paper and would lay off staff. Those layoffs took place at the end of July.

In August, the Plain Dealer explained that the Northeast Ohio Media Group would "operate and the Sun News, create content, and represent The Plain Dealer, Sun News and for all multimedia ad sales and marketing. The Plain Dealer Publishing Co., a separate company, will continue to create content, publish in print seven days a week and also provide support services for both organizations."

Cleveland alt-weekly snags ‘@PlainDealer’ Twitter handle

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The newspaper hadn't claimed the @PlainDealer Twitter handle, so Cleveland Scene did, Vince Grzegorek writes. "Yes, a digital-first company somehow lost the account of its namesake print product on Twitter."

The Scene "wouldn't want it falling into the hands of anyone who would do nasty stuff with it," Grzegorek writes.


The Plain Dealer newspaper tweets as @ThePlainDealer. Its Web home,, tweets as @clevelanddotcom.

On a related note, Digital First Media CEO John Paton recently told USA Today Media Editor and Columnist Rem Rieder his company owns the URL A new edition of the Orange County Register called the Long Beach Register is challenging the DFM-managed Press-Telegram in the California town.

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," 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. (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."

You can buy them a drink: Here are some more tweets: (more...)
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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. This has been our practice in the past and we will continue to do the same in the future.”
A brief timeline of recent Plain Dealer changes recorded on Poynter: (more...)

What will Oregonian reductions mean for competing news orgs, readers?

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The just-announced reductions in home delivery and staff at Advance's The Oregonian aren't good news to journalists who'll find out Friday whether they still have jobs or to people who like getting the newspaper at home. But what do they mean for other news organizations and to people who consume news?

The Columbian is published just across the Columbia River from Portland in Vancouver, Wash. Its publisher, Scott Campbell, tells Columbian reporter Cami Joner the paper has no plans to cut delivery frequency.

“If there are subscribers over here that subscribe to The Oregonian only and they’re interested in a seven-day publication, they may want The Columbian,” Columbian circulation and production director Marc Dailey tells Joner. “The caveat is that someone subscribing to The Oregonian may want more Oregon and Portland news.”

Experiences in other markets dominated by Advance papers may prove instructive. (more...)
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Cleveland Plain Dealer staffers facing layoffs

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The Cleveland Plain Dealer announced plans to lay off staffers in the marketing, finance, information technology, pre-press and building service departments Wednesday afternoon.

Staffers received an email saying that, between 6 and 8 p.m., some employees would receive a phone call informing them they would be let go from the paper.

Harlan Spector, chairman of the newspaper's unit of the Northeast Ohio Newspaper Guild, spoke with Poynter by phone about the news.

"The Guild had been expecting the layoff of 58 members, but about 10 news staffers have left the unit in recent months, so the number of layoffs should be reduced accordingly," he said. "The company also may offer some newsroom employees positions with the new media company, which also would reduce the number of layoffs." (more...)
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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, 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. (more...)

Retiring Ohio congressman hates commenters
U.S. Rep. Steve LaTourette decided not to run for re-election this year. One thing he won't miss about his old job? commenters, he tells Plain Dealer reporter Sabrina Eaton.
"What I won't miss are the 20 people in their pajamas who go on anonymously and feel that the world is just dying for their snarky, stupid comments," LaTourette said during an interview today.
The comments on the piece, which LaTourette agreed would be "bait," are lively. "There are more than 20 people who posted on this article alone," one wrote.

Related: Yale professor Stephen L. Carter on anonymous commenters (Bloomberg View) | Anonymous comments can be ‘a frothing, bubbling cauldron of insanity’ (Poynter) | Why we’ll never stop struggling over comment sections (Poynter)