Mediapart's income is purely derived from subscription fees and the website does not carry any advertising. In 2011, Mediapart made a profit for the first time, taking in €500,000 in profit with around 60,000 subscribers.
Mediapart consists of two main sections: the journal itself (Le Journal), run by professional journalists, and Le Club, a collaborative forum edited by the subscriber community. In 2011, Mediapart launched FrenchLeaks, a whistleblower website inspired by WikiLeaks.
Mediapart has played a central role in the revelation and investigation of several major French political scandals, among which:
- the Bettencourt affair.
- the Cahuzac case: in 2012, Mediapart made public a 2000 audio recording compromising Jérome Cahuzac, then Minister for the Budget, in a fiscal fraud case.
- "Breaking down the paywall". Global Journalist. 22 September 2011. Retrieved 20 March 2012.
- Smith, Sydney. "New WikiLeaks Partner Launches FrenchLeaks, Canadian Man Launches QuebecLeaks". iMediaEthics. Art Science Research Laboratory. Retrieved 20 March 2012.
- Jacinto, Leela (6 July 2010). "How a start-up news site broke and rode the Bettencourt scandal". France 24. Retrieved 20 March 2012.
- French Minister Steps Down in Swiss Bank Investigation Article by Scott Sayare, published by the New York Times - March 19, 2013