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'The reason is strictly financial': Cleveland Plain Dealer announces staff cuts

The long-time paper will release 22 newsroom employees, including four managers, on March 23.

CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Plain Dealer has announced that is, yet again, laying off members of its staff. 

"Today, it is with a heavy heart that I announce another reduction in staff at The Plain Dealer," wrote editor Tim Warsinskey, Monday afternoon. 

The long-time paper will release 22 newsroom employees, including four managers, on March 23.

The long-time paper calls the decision "strictly financial" and cites a decline in the consumption of traditional newspapers. 

"More people access the news on digital platforms than ever before. Younger audiences are not subscribing to print editions of newspapers anywhere near the levels previous generations did," Warsinskey wrote. 

18 of the 22 employees to be laid off are members of the Newspaper Guild. 

"We are sad for Cleveland, for our readers and for our colleagues," the Guild said Monday evening. 

Despite the cuts, the newspaper says both its print and online forum will "continue to serve greater Cleveland as a valuable source of local journalism."

To read Warsinskey's complete explanation, click here

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