French Scandal Boosts Paid News Site’s Profile

By Graham Tearse: The Bettencourt “Butlergate” scandal engulfing President Nicolas Sarkozy has also marked a watershed moment for the French media. For the political crisis blew up out of a series of scoops published by an ad-free, paywall-funded news website.

Almost overnight, Mediapart has put internet journalism on the map in France, where web-only news sites were widely viewed, not least among journalists, as marginal adventures trailing in the wake of traditional media.

Launched in 2008 by four senior staffers from Le Monde, led by the paper’s former editorial director Edwy Plenel, it offers subscribers a daily menu of left-leaning, alternative news reporting with an accent on campaigning and investigative journalism. The standard monthly subscription rate is

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