Fjord Fika: we chat with Celeste LeCompte
Episode 26: ProPublica is a digital-only media company focused entirely on investigative journalism. ProPublica digs deep into important issues, shining a light on abuses of power and betrayals of public trust, and follows those stories as long as it takes to hold power to account. And they do it as a non-profit.
It’s an interesting business model for a media company, but one that has been successful for ProPublica in its 10+-year history. ProPublica and its staff of journalists have received four Pulitzer Prizes, three Peabody Awards, two Emmy Awards and a National Magazine Award, among others, for their work. In this Fika break, we talk to Celeste LeCompte, ProPublica’s Vice President of Business Development, about combating the disinformation war, tackling the slow death of local media, and being champions of investigative and accountability journalism. We also talk about ProPublica’s business model, expansion plans and where journalism goes from here.