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If you told Brian Dzenis three years ago he would be loading postal semis for work, he would have laughed in your face. A former sports reporter at the now-defunct Youngstown Vindicator, affectionately known as the Vindy, Dzenis, 31, has spent the time after his layoff as a second-shift loader for FedEx, and an expediter for the United States Postal Service.

The Plain Dealer is dissolving its news guild and will publish coverage exclusively from cleveland.com.

The paper announced the changes Tuesday in a cleveland.com column from Editor-in-Chief Tim Warsinskey. The four remaining journalists at The Plain Dealer have been offered jobs at cleveland.com to continue their work, according to Warsinskey.

The company managing cleveland.com has announced furloughs, pay cuts and additional changes for employees in an effort to save money during the pandemic, according to Advance Local.

Workers making more than $35,000 annually will receive pay cuts ranging from 2 percent to 20 percent depending on income level, CEO Caroline Harrison wrote in a memo to employees. The reductions will be in effect through December, Harrison said, though there will be a re-evaluation of the situation in September.

Updated: 5:37 p.m., Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Most of the remaining staff at The Plain Dealer will no longer cover news in Cleveland or Cuyahoga and Summit counties, instead shifting to become a "bureau" covering outlying areas.

The announcement comes just days after 22 staff were laid off.

The 14 remaining reporters will cover five Northeast Ohio counties: Geauga, Lake, Lorain, Medina and Portage, according to a statement from the Northeast Ohio Newspaper Guild Local 1.

The email came in from the editor of a small newspaper in Seaside, Calif. And she wasn't the bearer of good news.

Instead, she offered a small data point in a larger and troubling dynamic: The pandemic threatening the nation's public health is swiftly jeopardizing the local journalism that keeps its citizens informed about what's happening in their own communities.

Updated: 10:56 a.m., Tuesday, March 10, 2020.

The Plain Dealer will lay off 22 staffers later this month, including 18 members of the Cleveland newspaper’s union, Local 1 of the Northeast Ohio Newspaper Guild.

The layoffs are “strictly financial,” Editor-in-Chief Tim Warsinskey said in a statement published on cleveland.com, news website that is also owned by the paper’s sister company, Advance Local.

A copy of the Ohio el Arabi newspaper, first published in February 2020.
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When Abdallah Mobaideen came to Columbus, he found a dearth of resources in his native Arabic. Now he's part of the solution as editor-in-chief of Ohio el Arabi or, translated, Ohio In Arabic.

Updated at 10:12 a.m. ET

The long slide in the U.S. newspaper industry took another dramatic turn Thursday.

Update 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11: The Dayton Daily News newsroom will remain in the Cox Media Group building at 1611 S. Main St. in Dayton with WHIO-TV and WHIO-AM. But the newspaper staff will move to a different floor of the building, according to the Dayton Daily News.

Sandy Schwartz, president of Atlanta-based Cox Automotive, a division of Cox Enterprises Inc., said Monday while visiting the Dayton newspaper that there are no plans to eliminate local jobs, the paper reported.

Original post 3 p.m. Monday, Feb. 10: Family-owned Cox Enterprises is keeping Cox's three Ohio daily newspapers in the family.

The Federal Communications Commission has granted the Dayton Daily News’ owner more time to find a new buyer. The extension could keep the newspaper operating seven days per week.

The future of the paper has been in question since last year when a private equity firm bought Cox Media Group’s Ohio newspaper, radio and TV stations.

Soon after the Cox Media Group purchase, Apollo Global Management said it would cut publication of the Dayton Daily News to three days per week.

The announcement sparked an immediate outcry from many Daytonians.

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Nearly 200 Columbus Dispatch production workers will lose their jobs as the paper shutters its West Side printing facility.  

The Dayton Daily News media center in Dayton, Ohio.
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Big changes are coming to Ohio’s longtime newspapers.

Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley is criticizing a recent Federal Communications Commission decision approving the more than $3 billion acquisition of Cox Media by a private equity firm.

In an editorial in USA Today Thursday, Whaley and Michael Copps, a former FCC commissioner, say the deal paves the way for Dayton to lose its daily newspaper, a move proposed by the company Apollo Global Management last fall.

The announcement of Cox Media Group’s expected sale to private equity firm Apollo Global Management and it’s holding company, Terrier Communications, has some local lawmakers, community advocates and media analysts concerned about a decline in local and regional journalism.

The Dayton Daily News media center in Dayton, Ohio.
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Cox Media Group’s prospective owner Apollo Global Management has announced plans to publish the Dayton Daily News, the Springfield News-Sun and the Journal-News publications just three days a week.

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