The Cleveland Plain Dealer will cut daily home delivery to three times a week beginning this summer. The newspaper will, however, continue to print every day.
The Plain Dealer announced the change, along with a reorganization of the company, on Thursday. The newly-formed Northeast Ohio Media Group will handle "all advertising sales and marketing for The Plain Dealer, Cleveland.com and Sun newspapers," as well as provide content for all print and digital products.
The news comes after publisher Terry Egger and editor Debra Adams Simmons told readers in November that there would be significant changes coming to the paper. Their message was a response to concerns that daily printing would be cut to three days a week. The paper's owner, Advance Publications, also owns the Times-Picayune, which made that change last September. Journalists at the Plain Dealer had preemptively launched the Save The Plain Dealer campaign to protest that possibility.
In a Facebook post on Wednesday, the campaign said that it anticipated an announcement about planned changes on Thursday. It noted that the paper had criticized various organizations "for failing to operate transparently, communicate openly, and act in the best interests of the public. It's unfortunate that the newspaper hasn't practiced what it preaches as it determines the fate of its own employees and the future of the news-gathering efforts the community depends on."