Plain Dealer Cuts Nearly 50 Positions

fox8.com

CLEVELAND — It is the end of a chapter for nearly 50 Plain Dealer employees.

“Unfortunately, I think it’s a blow to journalism in Cleveland,” laid-off transportation reporter Tom Breckenridge said.

“It didn’t have to be this way,” said John Mangels, a science reporter who was also laid off.

Members of the Northeast Ohio Newspaper Guild rallied Wednesday evening with some of the laid-off employees in front of the Plain Dealer building downtown.

“We have people that have been here more than 20 years, in some cases, who were shown the door today,” said Harlan Spector, with the Newspaper Guild of Northeast Ohio.

The newspaper is moving away from the ‘paper’ part of the equation and putting more emphasis into their online publication.

“Clearly, changes have come and will continue to come to journalism, but there are less disruptive ways to deal with those changes than what the Plain Dealer…

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