When it comes the Plain Dealer’s future, everyone has something to say – except the newspaper.
Finally, the Plain Dealer talked back late Tuesday night when a story announcing the terms of the agreement appeared on cleveland.com.
The article confirms news reported throughout the nation. Fifty-eight journalists, about one-third the newsroom, will lose their jobs next spring. In a major change, the newspaper will contain content from the website, cleveland.com. The non-union site runs independently from the paper.
The story did not answer the biggest question: will the Plain Dealer still publish seven days a week? Several sister publications, such as the Times-Picayune in New Orleans and the Post-Standard in Syracuse, have or will publish three times a week. Advance Publications, the newspapers’ parent company, adopted the strategy in its transition online.
But the Plain Dealer’s fate remains unsettled, according to outgoing publisher Terry Egger.
” ‘At this point, candidly, we will begin in earnest a more full planning process,’ ” he said in the story. ” ‘We’ve seen what happened in other [Advance] markets…I would say in the next two or three months we should know.’ ”
Egger steps down at the end of the year. His successor hasn’t been announced.
Early comments on the story on the cleveland.com, however, didn’t give the union much credit or sympathy.
“Your union won’t save you. It will only hurt you. The PD will go the way of the Twinkie. Not all the unions (sic) fault, but they sure don’t help!” wrote Cosmo392.
Tumbledropper wrote, “The guild is headed by a pathetic group of leaders looking to save their own jobs. For (the guild’s executive secretary) to say the group did the best they could is perjury.”