Plain Dealer Journalists Told To Wait By The Phone In The Morning For Layoff News

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With a newsroom-wide email fired off this afternoon, Plain Dealer journalists were given a new assignment: Wait.

The inevitable announcement of layoffs was sent out to all newsroom employees today. They were told to wait by the phone tomorrow morning for news of whether or not they'll be "separated from employment," as the message goes. Pretty freakin' classy.

Sources note that the attachment on management's first email wouldn't open on some computers, so they had to send a second one. Bear in mind, all of this is happening as the paper tries haphazardly to blaze its own trail into digital-first publishing.

Per the "Save the Plain Dealer" campaign, all employees will gather tomorrow in support of one another outside the newsroom. The exact time has not yet been announced. A news conference and rally will be held outside 1801 Superior Ave. at 6 p.m.

It's also expected that At 7 p.m., the newsroom crowd will congregate at Market Garden Brewery. If you happen by, do send a round their way. Regardless of how tomorrow's details play out, Cleveland will be losing much-needed talent and local wisdom in the morning.

Newsroom layoffs are among the final pieces of the Major Transition at the paper, which will essentially begin Aug. 5. That's when home delivery will be slashed to just three days of "premium print experiences." Thankfully, as we try to navigate all of this, PD editors will toss a *six-page* reader's guide into this Sunday's edition, explaining how things will work going forward.

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