Michigan Catholic Lays Off Five

The Michigan Catholic, the official newspaper of the Archdiosese of Detroit, has laid off five employees after the church cut off the paper’s annual subsidy, reports the Detroit Newspaper Guild.
The three guild-covered staffers losing their jobs were Kirstin Lukowski, Editorial News; Walt Warren, graphic designer; and Christine Smith, clerk. The names of the two other layoff victims were not immediately clear. They will receive one week’s severance pay for every eight weeks of service.
Ned McGrath, Director of Communications for the church told the Guild and the paper that the paper actually owed the church $2 million.
Even subsidies and Jesus can’t help newspapers, it seems.



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