Ruth Teichroeb has been quietly conducting a series of amazing, heartbreaking, and ultimately very sobering surveys of what's happened to former employees of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer since the Hearst Corporation shut the paper down in 2009 and in its place launched the much smaller PI.com.

Hard to believe, but we're now approaching two years since Seattle's oldest daily newspaper disappeared, sending 140 people to look for new jobs. Teichroeb finds:

There's good news and bad news. More are working, more have found their way back to journalism. But almost 60 percent of those who are employed say they're earning less than at the P-I.

We are moving on, some faster than others. But many still wonder: How do you measure what's missing when stories go untold? Or when those with power and money operate with less scrutiny? ...

Eighty-two of the 140 former P-I staff who lost their jobs responded to my survey in November/December. Here's what I found.

Read her survey for its findings, but also read it for the quotes from former P-I staffers. Here's one that falls clearly in the heartbreaking category:

"I will soon run out of all benefits and am not looking forward to foreclosure, or living in my van...Like most — or is it all?— the over-50 women at the P-I, I am still unemployed despite applying for several jobs for which I would be ideal." (Marsha Milroy, former P-I library researcher)

And here's one that looks with disappointment at what the P-I has become :

"The P-I was an extraordinary place to work. And Hearst threw away a lot. Let's not pretend that they tried to keep anything substantive beyond an experiment in how a veneer of professional journalism could be used to create a profit center built around clicks, photo galleries of models and animals, and vanity blogs for the would-be local celebs. In contrast, it was a newspaper where people weren't afraid to care about the community, report fearlessly and comment forcefully." (former P-I journalist)

Read the whole thing.