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Chronicle to publish monthly; two-thirds of staff laid-off

March 10th, 2009

Following a decision by the Milwaukee Jewish Federation’s executive committee, The 88-year-old Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle is adopting a new business model and will be published monthly.

The change will take effect after the April 3 Passover-themed issue.

As part of this change, four staff members have been laid off, two in the editorial department and two sales representatives. The full-time position of production manager has been reduced to half time and the editor will remain in full-time capacity.

“The goal of this new model is to continue to build community and meet the Federation’s marketing and communications needs by means of a regular, high quality publication, while at the same time stemming financial losses and operating as efficiently as possible,” said MJF executive vice president Richard H. Meyer in a formal announcement Tuesday.

A task force, led by Michael Green, will reconvene to advise the federation of The Chronicle’s content and format.

The move comes after the Feb. 10 executive committee decision to discontinue two direct service programs, the Jewish Chaplaincy Program and the Wisconsin Jewish Conference. 

"We look forward to the new monthly Chronicle and to continuing the Chronicle's long tradition of excellence," said Meyer.