NUJ Rate for the Job: recent rates for
Online/digital media / Writing+research

Uploaded: 15 September 2017

These rates have been reported by members of the National Union of Journalists and others, and printed in the Freelance, newsletter of London Freelance Branch. Read the disclaimer and see the key to exactly what the entries mean.

Publication / Programme - details & terms Group Year currency Basic fee Extras
GR
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SkyscannerS travel features approx. 2000 words 2017 GBP 200 GR
New StatesmanSpring traditional blog post _Progres 2017 GBP 50 0
Trade news service feature article with interviews ($0.75 per word) 2017 USD 1125 O
Aeon (digital) Feature article. 1600 words - @ £250: no pics required; helpful editor Creative Commons licence to the world... 2017 USD 160 0
BBC Online 500 words plus pix _BBC 2017 GBP 250
Stylist magazine (Online) 1200-word essay - was asked to provided 3 original photographs, but they didn't use all 2017 GBP 150
Work for "content agency" / search engine optimisation Writing 600 to 800 words and pic research and provision for "content agency" (work turned down, wouldn't negotiate) 2016 GBP 60
Unnamed digital magazine 4-6 pieces per month of 1000 words each, monthly rate, travel costs also paid 2016 GBP 1500
Netdoctor.co.uk researching and writing feature - 970 words @ £200 , terms All rights, everywhere, forever _Hearst 2016 GBP 206 0 GR
News and feature writing News and features for McGraw , terms all rights, no expenses _McGraw 2016 GBP 300 GR
Red Bull Music Academy 2200-word feature @ €400 all rights 2016 EUR 180
Huck Magazine Feature: personal meeting in London, 4-5hr write-up 2016 GBP 90 GR
Bandcamp Daily 800-word interview @ $400 2016 USD 500 O
Parallax News International news/analysis 4 articles a month for $500 online 2016 USD 125
Vice Munchies 800 words @ £160 = 2016 GBP 200
The Register tech-related articles 2016 GBP 250 GR
Specialist music mag Album reviews terms not specified 2016 GBP 60 GR
BBC Learning Fictional story non-exclusive _BBC 2016 GBP 138 GR
VICE News 18p per word plus £20 per photo for news feature 2016 GBP 180 GR
The Malcontent per 500-800 word piece no rights grab, 3-6 months licence, fee negotiable from 2015 GBP 200
The Malcontent 500-1000-word feature limited online usage only, no copyright grab 2015 GBP 300
One Shot TV Guide 2000-word interview @ £ 700 _CBS 2015 GBP 350
Buzzfeed purchase of rights to pre-existing research for article 2015 GBP 200
BBC worldwide 2000 word feature @ £700 _BBC 2015 GBP 350 GR
Pitchfork Op-Ed with a little reporting, regardless of word count Work For Hire - US for "all rights" & worse 2015 USD 150 0
Vice.com reporting job, photos included 2015 GBP 135
Vice.com researching and writing feature inc interviews - offered £200 for 1800 words, asked for £350 , got £300 2015 GBP 167
Vice.com researching and writing feature inc interviews 2015 GBP 167
BBC Online feature _BBC 2015 GBP 576 O
Website (unnamed) writing and editing per 300 words 2015 GBP 30
Guardian online feature/reporting terms "not discussed" - is below house agreement rate for the paper, so do! _GMG 2015 GBP 310 GR
jobs.ac.uk website 800 word articles for university @ £100 2014 GBP 125
Wellcome Trust MOSAIC - 'flu research licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivs 3.0 2013 GBP 600 O
Guardian feature language-learning _GMG 2013 GBP 420 O
World Travel Guide (Columbus Travel Media) travel feature all rights 2013 GBP 200 0
CNET.com 5 x 500-word articles _CBS 2013 GBP 800
earthzine.org 1200 word cyberscience feature @ $1000 = 2013 USD 833 O
MSN (Microsoft) all rights, no expenses, no tax at source 2013 USD 1000 GR O
www.e-tid.com 10 hours per week over four days reporting; writing; web editing per hour 2013 GBP 25 GR
Writing about business writing commissioned article 2013 GBP 150

The above are recent rates as of 15 September 2017.

 
Key to the rates, by column:
1 Publication / Programme, any details of work and licence
2 Owner at the time the rate was reported, where knownGroup
3 The year in which the rate was reportedYear
4 Currency: either GBP or EURcurrency
5 Amount paid for basic licence - e.g. first use in print: Basic fee
6 Paid for extra licences - web use, database resale... (no data pre Jun 2000) ...Extras
7 "Going Rate" according to experienced NUJ members - do try to better it: ......GR
or Minimum rate set out in NUJ House Agreement (more will be made soon): ......HA
8 Underpaid, in the fallible opinion of the Freelance editor:GBP500X
or Just sometimes we're pleasantly surprised:EUR1500300O

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