In an article titled "A Cleveland Newspaper Takes Steps to Prevent Cuts," New York Times
writer Christine Haughney covers local efforts by the Plain Dealer staff and its readers to stave off further layoffs and service reductions.
In January, a three-year agreement between the paper and the guild will end, opening the door for further cuts.
"While workers at many newspapers owned by Advance Publications have tried to brace themselves for what seems to be the inevitable -- layoffs and the end of a daily print product -- reporters and editors at The Plain Dealer
in Cleveland are fighting back in an unusual way: they are taking their case directly to the public," Haughney writes.
"The staff there has started a campaign to rally community support and to try to prevent cuts like the ones Advance has made in other cities. Using money provided by Local 1 of the Newspaper Guild and a grant from the Communications Workers of America, organizers have produced a television commercial, created a Facebook page
that has attracted nearly 4,000 “likes” and started a petition that has nearly 6,000 signatures so far."
“We’ve been surprised and gratified and really humbled by the amount of response we’ve gotten,” said John Mangels, a science writer for the paper, who was quoted in the article.
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