Today, we’re announcing a merger between the Center for Investigative Reporting and The Bay Citizen.
The merger will create the largest nonprofit organization in the country focused on watchdog and accountability journalism, and we are thrilled with the potential going forward to deliver high-caliber, high-impact journalism on all platforms – print, video, radio, data, multimedia and social media.
It took a while to pull all the pieces together, but this morning, the boards of the Center for Investigative Reporting and The Bay Citizen approved the formal merger.
The California attorney general has up to 20 days to review and approve the deal – which is customary when nonprofits merge in California. The merger will close no later than May 1. When it’s does, we will operate as one integrated newsroom with three unique editorial brands – The Bay Citizen, California Watch and the Center for Investigative Reporting.
We will have a combined staff of about 70 reporters, editors, film producers, multimedia staff and administrative staff.
The merger will enable our combined staff to broaden the reach and scope of local stories while taking national and statewide stories and zooming in on a local level.
We will be creating one of the largest newsroom tech teams in the country to build news apps around data, expanding our video and digital unit, and putting into place one of the most unique public engagement teams in the business. We also will be exploring new ways to keep this all going by developing new products and revenue streams to sustain our journalism.
We couldn’t be more excited about the possibilities.