by Plain Dealer publisher Terry Egger & editor Debra Adams Simmons

Dear Readers:

Many of you have written both of us in recent weeks as word has spread about the critical work we are doing here at The Plain Dealer to better position our news organization for the future.

We want to thank you for the outpouring of support but also to reassure you that our single most important goal remains to serve Greater Cleveland with the best in breaking news, business, sports, arts and other local coverage, in-depth investigations and news you can trust as well as advertising solutions that help businesses grow. As we embrace dynamic shifts in the way information is consumed, our planning aims at ensuring our leadership in the market, upholding our journalistic standards and continuing our mission to serve the region for years to come.

As many readers know, we are part of Advance Publications. Several other Advance Publications newspapers, including in markets in Michigan, Alabama, New Orleans and, most recently, in Harrisburg, Pa., and Syracuse, N.Y., have launched — or are getting ready to launch — new, digitally focused companies.

While Advance has been developing and refining this effort for several years, it is the role of our leadership team in Cleveland to design the best model to safeguard the future of our enterprise and to preserve the quality of our journalism at The Plain Dealer.

Ours is not an “either/or” decision between print and digital. We must do both.

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