Orato publisher discusses site’s citJ model

One of the interesting experiments in citizen journalism is Orato. Orato isn’t blogging — it’s first person reporting by non-credentialed people. Here’s an interview with editor and publisher Paul Sullivan.

8) What do you think makes Orato unique?

Sullivan: Orato is unique in that it’s a collaboration between professional and amateur journalists –we want to provide a way for those without a voice to participate in the public discussion and we want to bring completely new, unmediated voices to that discussion. We want to support citizen journalism in new ways — such as hiring sex trade writers to cover a trial of a man accused of preying on sex trade workers. When you think about it, it makes a lot of sense, but no one has ever done it before. We want to bring citizen journalism into the mainstream.

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