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The Seattle Post-Intelligencer has been put up for sale, and if no buyer emerges, the paper will shut down.

Business reporter Dan Richman and I shared responsibility for reporting on this most unhappy news.

I wrote this part, which was quoted on Poynter’s Romenesko blog:

“P-I employees were silent. Some of them shed tears.”

Others held up cell phones or voice recorders in press-conference fashion as they heard that their paper was up for sale. “This is awful, awful, awful,” editorial cartoonist David Horsey said after the newsroom meeting. “I was just standing there looking around at all these people I love to work with. I don’t want this to happen to me or them.”

This is a sad day. But whenever I start to mourn, I just get back to writing and making calls. Reporting has helped me get through a lot in my life, and it’s helping me now.