The Bay Citizen to End Relationship With New York Times

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Breaking up is hard to do
Among the many, many changes happening over at the fledgling Bay Citizen, the news outlet announced this week it will sever its special relationship with the New York Times on April 29.

The news isn't so surprising after the paper announced it would merge with the Center for Investigative Reporting, a move that was officially approved this week by the California Attorney General.

But from what we hear, the breakup has been nothing but amicable.

Robert Rosenthal, executive director for the CIR, confirmed the relationship has run its course and the new media outlet doesn't want to be tied down by the Grey Lady once the merger is complete. The Bay Citizen's stories are published twice a week in editions of the Times distributed in the San Francisco area.

"We want the opportunity to have multiple media partners in the Bay Area and not be in an exclusive relationship with, really, anyone," Rosenthal told Poynter.

This isn't to say that CIR will stop working with the Times, Rosenthal explains. In fact, the Times has agreed to donate to CIR's new investigative news channel on YouTube, which will be paid for with an $800,000 grant from the Knight Foundation.

Well, it seemed it was only a matter of time before this relationship came to an end, considering the New York Times had trouble remembering the name of its own partner.

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