Proof that The Bay Citizen is in disarray

The screenshot below of The Bay Citizen’s home page was taken at about 7:30 a.m. CT Friday. The nonprofit news outlet — a New York Times partner — confirms that it’s in merger talks with the Center for Investigative Reporting and that former San Francisco Chronicle editor Phil Bronstein will likely become the combined organization’s CEO. He resigned from Hearst about a month ago after 31 years with the media conglomerate.

Here’s what The Bay Citizen has been going through:

The unexpected death of [investor Warren] Hellman [in December] left The Bay Citizen without its founder and benefactor. In September, the news organization’s founding editor-in-chief, Jonathan Weber, resigned abruptly. In October, the founding chief executive, Lisa Frazier, announced that she would resign in early 2012 for health reasons. Last week, the interim editor-in-chief, Steve Fainaru, a former Pulitzer prize-winning investigative reporter for The Washington Post, announced that he was resigning to pursue a book project.

* Bay Citizen, Center for Investigative Reporting consider a merger