In the dystopian world of the news business the gamemakers at The Kansas City Star have offered two tributes, ahem, reporters, the choice in deciding who stays and who goes: if one stays, the other gets laid off — and vice versa. We say, eat the berries and screw the Capitol. Of course, what we say (and the only reason we can say it our removal from The Kansas City Star and this whole cowardly situation) will now be based on how Katniss and Peeta from The Hunger Games book got out of having to kill one another. So, forgive the ongoing metaphor and pity the newspaper industry, but here goes:
Karen Dillon is the Katniss in this (very sad) situation—she has seniority, which is in the newsroom are akin to Katniss's superior bow skills. "Dillon has seniority, so she has the option of taking it or not taking it ... And if she does, Dawn gets laid off," a source told KCConfidential.com. Dawn is one Dawn Bormann, fellow reporter and the Peeta of the situation, sans that wild teenage love stuff.
"Dawn’s a great person but I think Karen will vote in favor of herself because she’s got teenage kids at home," the source added, sounding like a spectator. Because the Kansas City Star's business is now out there, we're all quasi spectators too. And the consensus seems to break with the book, in that no one really approves of the games or the management:
We can't imagine the newsroom. Let's say one of Karen/Dawn stay, what happens when the next quell comes around? In The Hunger Games the tributes eventually revolted and overthrew the president. The Kansas City Star journalists probably won't get that chance. "We've not made an official decision ... It’s one of the most difficult situations I’ve ever faced," Dillon told Romenesko.
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