Become a Contributor

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW TO BECOME AN ORATO CONTRIBUTOR

Orato seeks writers, journalists, photographers, videographers, podcasters, and illustrators who want to be published, featured, and paid for capturing true stories about real people from throughout our world.

If you are interested in creating content in the first person that sheds light on world events and trending topics from the perspective of those living and experiencing the event – Orato will offer you professional experience and feature your name in international bylines. 

RATES:*

  • Written stories
    • Normal-length stories (500 words minimum): $25 USD
    • Long-form stories (2,000 words minimum): $100 USD
  • Photography
    • Full assignments: $50 USD for 10 photos
    • Short assignments: pro-rated, as in $25 USD for 5 photos
  • Podcast (such as a live interview):
    • Negotiated on a case-by-case basis.
  • Video news coverage
    • $125 USD (must be edited to a minimum 5-minute news story)
  • Illustrations (newsworthy and topical)
    • $50 USD per assignment

*Funds are dispersed via PayPal. Freelancers from Canada will receive payment in Canadian funds, and all others will be paid in U.S. dollars.

READ OUR FREELANCER GUIDE

The guide, while written exclusively for journalists and professional writers, offers detailed quality and stylistic instruction. Whether you are interested in reporting and crafting first-person narratives, submitting photo galleries of major world events, sharing video interviews with compelling subjects, publishing a podcast episode, or illustrating an Orato story – this guide will help you. 

WHAT CONSTITUTES AN ORATO STORY?

Every submission must take into account these mandates. Whether the story is told
in words, pictures, video, audio, or illustration, an Orato story MUST be:


Verified: this means it has been fact-checked by our journalists and contributors.
Orato’s stories are verifiable world events and supported by researched evidence of
the subject’s experience, or published news articles, witnesses and court cases, etc.
Research verification content will appear in Orato’s ‘Background’ section to provide
our readers the confidence that what they are reading are in fact “True Stories from
Real People.”

A first-person account captured by a freelancer on behalf of the interview
subject who has experienced the event. *To avoid any conflict of interest or
motivating subjects to tells us their story, Orato never pays subjects directly.

An event(s) and crystallizing moment: This means the subject themselves
experienced something life-altering, relevant to trending or world news, or was part
of a major event.

Contains an emotional anchor: Orato stories are unique from traditional news
stories in that they allow the reader to appreciate the emotional toll(s) and or
adventure(s) by accounting the interview subjects’ human experience. Orato stories
allow the reader to understand what the interview subject felt, heard, and saw, not
only emotionally, but circumstantially.

Unique: the experience of the subject is not common

• Contains background context information:
all Orato stories are supplemented
with thorough background information on the event.


The best way to know what constitutes Orato content is to read our
published stories.

GET QUALIFIED AS AN ORATO CONTRIBUTOR BY TAKING THIS QUICK ASSESSMENT (it’s FREE)

JOIN INSIDE ORATO

Once you’re approved as an Orato contributor, you will be invited by Orato’s leadership to join our “Inside Orato” Slack workspace. This is a private, online group where all our freelancers engage with one another and with our editors, foreign correspondents, publisher, CEO, and staff. 

Inside Orato is our virtual gathering place. Learn more here!

PITCH A STORY

‘Pitch a Story’ is where you indicate a compelling newsworthy event that you’d like to cover with the first-person, Orato story. When you pitch a story you will need to provide a brief synopsis of the event which will be captured and most importantly, confirm the individual who will be identified as the interview subject and who experienced the newsworthy event personally. 

Story claims are reviewed and approved if they meet our editorial mandate, at which time, the contributor will be formally engaged with a written offer to write the story BEFORE the freelancer even meets and interviews the subject(s).

SUBMIT A STORY

Once a pitch is approved and your freelancer contract is executed by both you and Orato’s editorial staff – you begin your work. Story drafts are submitted easily through our submit a story page. Stories are reviewed, edited, translated into English or Spanish as necessary, and when appropriate additional questions are posed by the editors to our contributors. 

Once complete, stories go live on our website wherein you are credited, featured, and published, and where they access tens of thousands of readers in nearly every country in the world!