The death of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer

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CJR takes a look at how and why the Cleveland Plain-Dealer is dead.

On Tuesday, the Cleveland guild announced a decision by Advance to lay off the four reporters who had remained at the Plain Dealer. “After more than 80 years of union membership, Plain Dealer journalists will no longer be represented by Local One,” the guild statement read. “The unit will be dissolved effective May 17. The PD newsroom will no longer exist.” The final four Plain Dealer staffers were offered positions at Cleveland.com, whose staff will continue to publish online and in a daily paper that uses the Plain Dealer masthead.

Yes, I know the editor is arguing the newspaper isn’t dead. It is. You are welcomed to take his side or mine.

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