Readers React to ‘Save The Plain Dealer’

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CLEVELAND -- The Plain Dealer is making news, with possible changes that would drastically affect the daily paper.

Specific details have not been disclosed but, reporter and Chairman of the Save The Plain Dealer Committee believes Advanced Publications, which owns the paper, will take action in Cleveland as it has in other markets. 

"And, that's cutting the paper to three days a week and getting rid of half or more of the journalists. And, that's bad news for Cleveland," Mangels said.

Clevelander Janis Raines agreed.

"I only rely on the Plain Dealer for my news, and I would hate to see it go," she said. But, Douglas Grueloch sees it differently. 

"As far as going from a 7 to 3 day paper, it doesn't affect me too terribly. I hope the apps and the online accounts will keep people still working," he said. 

In a letter to its readers on the front page of the Sunday paper, Plain Dealer Editor Terry Eggs and Publisher Debra Adams Simmons said the changes are "not about cost cutting." They said the paper is being "responsive to an audience that in recent years has migrated to digital platforms." They went on to state that "ours is not an 'either/or' decision between print and digital. We must do both." 

"I do utilize the app on my phone quite frequently and read it online more than I do the published papers," Grueloch said.  But, Raines said she doesn't go on the internet to read news. "I like reading the paper and having it in my hand," she added. 

In the letter to the readers, The Plain Dealer management said it welcomes feedback. Mangels hopes that feedback includes readers who want to "Save the Plain Dealer." 

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