The clever editors at the Kansas City Star have come up with a way to make layoffs fun. For them, at least. Reporters Karen Dillon and Dawn Bormann have reportedly been told by management that one of them must go, and it's up to the two of them to decide who it is.
This is the real life Hunger Games: the powerful making their subordinates squirm, solely for their own enjoyment.
A fellow Star staffer broke the story to the blog KC Confidential, saying:
They brought in two reporters – Karen Dillon and Dawn Bormann – and told them that one of them had to go. And that they had to decide which one would stay and they had until next week to figure it out. Sort of like ‘The Hunger Games.' That's the scuttlebutt anyway.
Jim Romenesko was able to confirm the story with Dillon. KC Confidential's source reports that Dillon, who happens to be the reporter who initially broke Paul Reubens' 1991 porn theater arrest, had seniority in the decision, and that Bormann has been let go.
What would you do in this situation? And more importantly, what would Katniss Everdeen do?