Robert Rosenthal, executive director of the Center for Investigative Reporting, has confirmed a tweet from The Bay Citizen's Jeanne Carstensen
saying that it is ending its relationship with The New York Times as of April 29.
The change does not come without warning
, as CIR aims to narrow the focus of the San Francisco nonprofit news site after the two agreed last month to merge
. The California attorney general approved the merger this week, Rosenthal said, but this decision was made by The Bay Citizen and the Times. The final decision came over the weekend after discussions over the past several weeks.
"We want the opportunity to have multiple media partners in the Bay Area and not be in an exclusive relationship with, really, anyone," Rosenthal said. He envisions working with many outlets in the Bay Area, on all platforms.