Strong Partnerships: a Key to Powerful Marketing

We offer a host of sponsorship opportunities throughout the year. Through sponsorship of content, events, digital products, or education programs, you can elevate your brand and increase your exposure throughout Northeast Ohio.

Each sponsorship opportunity is completely customizable and can be tailored to fit your business’s marketing needs. Sponsorship packages can include print display ads, digital impressions, brand integration, and social media tagging. Have a sponsorship concept in mind but don’t see it below? Contact us and we can work together to create a solution that helps your brand reach our audience.

Content Sponsorships

Available sponsorship opportunities include:

  • Section sponsorships on, including Food, Weather, and High School Sports
  • Section sponsorships in The Plain Dealer, including Taste, Diversions, North Coast, and Friday Magazine
  • Presenting sponsor designation of special content inserts in The Plain Dealer, such as Indians Season Preview, NFL Draft Preview, and Ohio State Preview
  • Video pre-roll exclusivity by topic on
  • Presenting sponsor designation of weekly shows, broadcasted live on
  • Sponsorship of contests promoted in print, on and through our social media presence

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Event Sponsorships

Our event sponsorships create opportunities for you to build a lasting impression with an engaged, local audience.

We offer a variety of Cleveland event sponsorship opportunities, and can even customize an event that fits the needs of the audience you’re seeking. From social events like our popular TweetUps to panel discussions with local leaders on current community topics, we can help you connect with the Northeast Ohio audience you want to target.

Event sponsorships can include:

  • Branding on all materials associated with the event in print and online
  • Inclusion in all promotional materials
  • On-site activation during the event
  • Access to a database of attendees
  • Opportunity for a representative to speak at the event

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Digital Product Sponsorships

With more than 301,000 app downloads, more people are staying connected with and The Plain Dealer wherever they are. In fact, the majority of smartphone owners routinely use news apps.* Target a fast-growing, on-the-go audience anytime, anywhere with an exclusive sponsorship of one of our digital products.

Sponsorship opportunities include:

  • Browns app
  • Indians app
  • Cavaliers app
  • High School sports app
  • OSU Basketball app
  • OSU Football app
  • The Plain Dealer e-edition

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Newspaper in Education Sponsorships

The goal of our Newspaper in Education (NIE) program is to promote literacy and education throughout Northeast Ohio by providing educators and students with The Plain Dealer and related classroom activities. During the 2015-2016 school year, more than 3.5 million copies of The Plain Dealer e-edition will be used as an educational tool in K-12 classrooms. Sponsoring this program is tax-deductable and will help support the educators who cannot afford an NIE subscription for their students.

  • Bronze Apple NIE sponsors ($1,000 – $2,499) will receive logo recognition with a link to their website from the NIE website.
  • Silver Apple NIE sponsors ($2,500 – $4,999) will receive the above and be recognized in the 2015-2016 school year-end sponsorship “Thank You” ad in The Plain Dealer and on
  • Gold Apple NIE sponsors ($5,000-$9,999) will receive all of the above and logo recognition on an NIE activity guide, targeted by grade level.
  • Platinum Apple NIE sponsors ($10K+) will receive all of the above and a comprehensive partnership to include a contest within the schools for an additional branding opportunity.

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