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From ‘Homecoming King’ to ‘End of an Era’: How newspaper front pages handled LeBron’s decision

On Friday we highlighted The Plain Dealer’s famous 2010 front page when LeBron James left the Cleveland Cavaliers for the Miami Heat. Here’s how that newspaper — and others, from Ohio to Florida — handled his decision to return to Northeast Ohio (most images courtesy Newseum):

The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer

Akron Beacon Journal

The (Elyria, Ohio) Chronicle-Telegram

The (Massillon, Ohio) Independent

The (Willoughby, Ohio) News-Herald

The Columbus Dispatch

South Florida Sun-Sentinel

(Sports section front courtesy Sun-Sentinel)
Miami Herald

El Nuevo Herald

Daily News

New York Post

The New York Times

The Wall Street Journal

The Washington Post

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National Geographic names Susan Goldberg its new EIC

The National Geographic Society Wednesday announced it was reorganizing its media properties. Susan Goldberg is the new editor-in-chief of National Geographic magazine, the society said in a press release. Her predecessor, Chris Johns, will be chief content officer and will be charged with overseeing “the print and digital expression of National Geographic’s editorial content across platforms.”

“Our efforts need to be organized around our purpose, not our platforms,” National Geographic Society President and CEO Gary Knell said in a press release. Knell left NPR in 2013 to run NatGeo; when he was at NPR he said one of his first orders of business was to “smash together the digital and so-called audio journalists.”

Speaking at the Nieman Foundation last week, the NPR CEO said “we should eliminate these distinctions.

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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.… Read 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.… Read more


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.… Read more


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.… 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.… Read 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.… Read 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.”… Read more

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