Journalists play a crucial role in a free democracy. And establishing Orato.world into a global brand as a financially sustainable media platform aids in making journalists indispensable in a free democracy.
With the guiding principle of full transparency, we extend this offer so our journalists can claim their rightful place as agents of truth.
We are open to negotiating pay-scale for a commissioned story, and what we offer publicly is the minimum we will pay. However, based on the compelling nature, the scope of the story pitch, and potential reach of the story subjects, we will, in good faith, negotiate a mutually agreeable, equitable, and higher pay-scale.
Who we are looking for
We are looking for freelancers who can reach out to those who have experienced life-altering or ground-shaking events for first-person, narrative stories to be featured on our site.
Freelance writers are responsible for fact-checking, researching, confirming the identity of the interview subject, writing the story draft, and providing complimenting multimedia assets (such as photographs, video, and or audio clips).
If your idea is accepted by an editor, you will be asked to complete a short Freelancer Assessment form to confirm your qualifications. If you’ve previously written for us, you’ll be able to pitch the story and bypass the assessment.
Our story mandate
The Orato story mandate makes our storytelling unique from what you would find at a traditional news source. We welcome all non-fiction, first-person story ideas.
Stories should have a crystallizing moment and feature an emotional anchor that drives the narrative. This gripping reality should be clear in the story pitch so editors can gauge the impact of the event on the story subject.
We do not accept “memoir-style” story pitches. We need an unbiased, unconnected freelancer assigned to the story to ensure verification and fact-checking are completed at arm’s-length from the story subject.
To enrich the production quality, stories must include a complement of multimedia assets such as photo(s), video(s), and audio clip(s) whenever possible. However, at the minimum, every story submitted must include a featured jpeg image sized 1280×960 pixels at 100 dpi for standard length stories or a minimum of two images for long-reads.
The editors will decide if a story should be expanded to long-read length after the pitch has been accepted.