Write For Us

Please note that we are not currently recruiting.

 

If you are interested in writing articles for The Orator and want to join our growing team of contributors, then please get in touch. Write a short covering letter about yourself (i.e. background, experience) and some ideas of what you might want to write about. Contributing is in a flexible voluntary capacity and involves no commitments whatsoever. If you are new to writing on sites like ours and want some advice or support, we provide guidance below and are willing to answer any questions you may have via email.


Want to give it a try? – Email a covering letter and an article pitch to: editor@the-orator.co.uk


 

Writing guidance:

If we are interested in your pitch, we will ask you to write your article. Follow these guidelines:

  • Write in English, using correct grammar and spelling.
  • Be original, try not to regurgitate someone else’s article.
  • Article length should be between 400-1200 words.
  • Adopt a style without academic language, or acronyms.
  • Never use a long word when a short one will do.
  • Check your facts. Ensure your writing is factually accurate.
  • Quote when appropriate, it helps to back up your claims.
  • Don’t make unsubstantiated libelous claims.
  • You may add images, if not we will source them for you.

 

NUJ Journalistic Code of Conduct:

We expect our writers to follow the National Union of Journalists Code of Conduct when writing, reporting and/or interviewing.

  • At all times uphold and defend the principle of media freedom, the right of freedom of expression and the right of the public to be informed.
  • Strive to ensure that information disseminated is honestly conveyed, accurate and fair.
  • Do your utmost to correct harmful inaccuracies.
  • Differentiate between fact and opinion.
  • Obtain material by honest, straightforward and open means, with the exception of investigations that are both overwhelmingly in the public interest and which involve evidence that cannot be obtained by straightforward means.
  • Do nothing to intrude into anybody’s private life, grief or distress unless justified by overriding consideration of the public interest.
  • Protect the identity of sources who supply information in confidence and material gathered in the course of her/his work.
  • Resist threats or any other inducements to influence, distort or suppress information and takes no unfair personal advantage of information gained in the course of her/his duties before the information is public knowledge.
  • Produce no material likely to lead to hatred or discrimination on the grounds of a person’s age, gender, race, colour, creed, legal status, disability, marital status, or sexual orientation.
  • Do not by way of statement, voice or appearance endorse by advertisement any commercial product or service save for the promotion of her/his own work or of the medium by which she/he is employed.
  • Normally seek the consent of an appropriate adult when interviewing or photographing a child for a story about her/his welfare.
  • Avoid plagiarism.

 

Article Submission:

When you have drafted your article, and you are content that it follows the guidelines above, please attach it to an email in a word document, .txt document or as text within the email. Send the email to editor@the-orator.co.uk and we will consider publishing it on the website. If you have any questions or queries about article submission, then please direct them to editor@the-orator.co.uk.