The Bay Citizen, a nonprofit online news operation in San Francisco, and the Center for Investigative Reporting, in Berkeley, Calif., formally agreed on Tuesday to a merger, creating what officials with the new group said will be the country's largest nonprofit journalism organization, according to the San Francisco Chronicle and Poynter.org.
A Bay Citizen article characterized the deal as more like an acquisition than a merger, with the Center for Investigative Reporting assuming dominance of the board and executive staff. The Bay Citizen will retain its brand, but none of its current leadership will remain in place.
The two groups had been in merger talks for several weeks and last month announced plans to unite. Pending approval by the California attorney general's office, the revamped organization will have a $10.5-million budget and 70 employees.