Since its launch in June 2006, Orato.com has given more than 4200 correspondents worldwide a platform in which to tell their stories. Recently recognized as one of the top 12 news websites in the world by the 2008 Webby Awards (which have been called the Oscars of the Internet by the New York Times), Orato.com has attracted up to 100,000 visitors in one day.
Experience has taught us that the most compelling stories are written in the words of those who experience or witness an event. And so Orato.com is now paying for true, timely stories written through the eyes of those who were ‘there’! It’s our aim to become the world’s leader in unprejudiced, 1st person story-telling. Building on an annual audience of nearly 4 million visitors, we are taking Orato.com to a whole new level by paying for 1st person, human interest stories – stories which grip the emotions, challenge reality, and celebrate the resilience of the human spirit.
We want to be a competitive option for anyone with a great human-interest story to tell, and we are giving our correspondents a number of opportunities to earn money. In addition to selling the story directly to Orato.com, correspondents can benefit from a ‘tipping’ function that allows visitors to tip the author.
As a multi-media platform we put a lot of value on video footage, audio recordings and photos which complement a story. The more compelling the story, the more we’ll pay. If you have a personal connection to an event that’s breaking headlines or an extraordinary event that begs a global audience, send your true human-interest story idea to Orato Pitch.
Payment is negotiated on a pitch-by-pitch basis, but to give you a better sense of what that means, we have previously paid up to $1,500 US for stories. Payment amount depends on conditions such as exclusivity, timeliness of the pitch (if it’s related to a breaking news event), and originality. We will only accept non-fiction stories told in the first person.
Here are just some of the two thousand-plus stories that set the Orato.com brand of 1st person stories head and shoulders above the rest:
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