Cleveland Newspaper Plans Job Cuts

CLEVELAND (AP) - The Plain Dealer, Ohio's largest newspaper, plans to cut 16 percent of its unionized newsroom jobs by the end of the year.

The cut of 38 jobs will further shrink a staff that has been reduced by buyouts. The paper reported the new cuts Tuesday on its Web site.

President and Publisher Terry Egger has blamed the cuts on worse than expected advertising revenue and a struggling newspaper industry.

The newspaper will begin layoffs if 38 employees do not volunteer to leave.

There are 299 employees in the newsroom, 238 of them represented by the Northeast Ohio Newspaper Guild.

The Plain Dealer is owned by Advance Publications Inc. and has a daily circulation of about 345,000.