Rally for paper employees; Plain Dealer downsizing

Rally for paper employees; Plain Dealer downsizing

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CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) -

The use of cell phones as a source of information is apparently a sign of the times that some newspapers like the Plain Dealer didn't see.

"I get my news on my phone, I don't buy the newspaper," said one Cleveland resident.

Wednesday evening current and former Cleveland Plain Dealer employees held a demonstration in response to the 48 Plain Dealer employees who lost their jobs. The layoffs have cut the paper's staff down to 1/3 of what it was ten years ago.

John Mangels, a 21 year employee of the Plain Dealer, was the leader of the year long mission to save the newspaper.

"This is such a hard luck city and it desperately needs a great newspaper and great journalists," said Mangels. 

The Plain Dealer, like the majority of newspapers in the nation, has seen declining readership due the digital era of news.

On August fifth the paper will reduce its home delivery to four days a week.

The Plain Dealer has yet to respond to the layoffs.

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