Orato - Vancouver's other Citizen Journalism site

Posted by Rob Lewis

Mark September 29th down for the next High Tech Communicators' Exchange event where veteran journalist and Editor & Chief of Orato.com, Paul Sullivan will talk about the impact of citizen journalism on traditional media.

I know what you're thinking... citizen journalism + Vancouver = NowPublic. I don't blame you. NowPublic has strung together a series of good news stories ranging from a $10 Million financing to being named one of Times Magazine's 50 Best Websites of 2007.

While Orato.com has been in the shadow of the Web 2.0 superstar in recent years, a quick check on both domain creation dates reveals that Orato.com was registered six years prior to NowPublic.com.

Unfortunately the headstart hasn't helped much but Orato.com has an achievement of their own this month that is worth mentioning. PC Magazine has included Orato.com on its list of the Top 100 Web sites of 2008.

One of the better "citizen journalism" sites we've seen, Orato gives readers a chance to break free of the mainstream media by writing the news themselves. There's a good mix of political news and lighter fare, and—surprise!—many of the user-submitted articles are quite compelling.

Congrats to Paul Sullivan and Orato.com - I look forward to his presentation at the HTCE on September 29th,

Company:
NowPublic
Website:
http://www.nowpublic.com
Location:
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

NowPublic is a participatory news network which mobilizes an army of reporters to cover the events that define our world. In twelve short months, the company has become one of the fastest growing news organizations with thousands of reporters in over 140 countries. During Hurricane Katrina, NowPublic had more reporters in the affected area than most news organizations have on their entire staff. NowPublic... more

Company:
Orato
Website:
http://www.orato.com
Location:
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Orato.com is an online magazine that knows writers are participating in, as well as observing, the activities that spin the world on its axis, making them genuine experts with knowledge to share and illuminating encounters to relate. Orato broadcasts this news when Correspondents in the field post dispatches to the site in the form of articles, audio or video. Orato translates from the Latin to "I speak" and that... more


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Rob Lewis

Rob Lewis

Rob is the President of Techvibes Media and Editor-in-Chief of Techvibes.com.  His diverse background includes stints in International Trade Finance, Web Development, and Enterprise Software and he is a graduate of the University of British Columbia, British Columbia Institute of Technology, and Simon Fraser University. When not running Canada's leading technology media property, Rob can be... more




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