It's no secret the newspaper industry is dying a slow, painful death and layoffs are commonplace. But this story from Romenesko about what's happening at the Kansas City Star may be the most maddening, depressing, unbelievable story from the print media world. It's something I've never seen or heard of happening before at a legitimate, real-life company.
The newspaper is forcing two writers, Karen Dillon and Dawn Bormann, to decide their own fate on which one out of the pair will be laid off, and which one will stay employed. What is this, the Hunger Games!?!
The Kansas City Star has told reporters Karen Dillon and Dawn Bormann that one of them has to leave the paper, and they — not management — have to decide who goes.
“Dillon has seniority, so she has the option of taking it or not taking it,” says a KCConfidential.com source. “And if she does, Dawn gets laid off. Dawn’s a great person but I think Karen will vote in favor of herself because she’s...