Kansas City Star Tells Two Reporters To Decide Which One Gets Laid Off

The Kansas City Star has asked two of its reporters to decide which of them will be fired. reported that the paper's management told reporters Karen Dillon and Dawn Bormann that one of them has to get laid off, and to choose between themselves. Dillon confirmed the process to Romenesko, saying, "It’s one of the most difficult situations I’ve ever faced."

Kansas City Star editor Mike Fannin has been roundly criticized for his handling of the layoffs. Journalists have described Fannin's approach as "cold blooded," "horrifying," "staggeringly sick," "inhumane" and "cruel," while likened the difficult dilemma to "Sophie's Choice" and "The Hunger Games."

One source pointed out, "if they knew one person had the seniority – Karen – they should have approached her in private and let her make the decision in private instead of having to make a decision knowing that the other person knows she’s making the decision. It’s unprofessional, cruel and unnecessary.”

On Thursday, reported that Dawn Bormann is out. Sources noted that Dillon has seniority, which she can invoke in order to stay.



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