Hearst is preparing to take the Seattle Post-Intelligencer online-only, the largest newspaper to make such a move. Pay and benefits are coming along for the ride.

Metro reporter Hector Castro got one of maybe 20 job offers at the transformed PI. How was it?

He said the offer increased his health insurance cost, cut his salary by an unspecified amount, offered to match his 401(k) contributions, required him to forgo his P-I severance pay, reduced his vacation accrual to zero and required him to give up overtime.

We'd welcome you to the exciting future of journalism, Hector, if you hadn't turned down the gig as "too tech-oriented." That's an awfully polite way of putting it.