Gabrielson will say this, though: ““I’m one of the luckiest print journalists around.”

And he has faith in the future of the hardest-hitting kind of journalism.

“A lot of money is pouring into investigative projects. I think it has a future just because I can’t imagine a world without it,” he said. “It’s just not going to be coming from places it traditionally did.”

All of which doesn’t make it any easier to watch his old paper shut down, even from a distance.

“I knew that it was coming, but I was surprised at how upset it made me,” Gabrielson said. “A place I worked at for five years is going to disappear.”

Alexandra Fenwick is an assistant editor at CJR.