Photography / National newspapers

Please note that the suggested rates below are minima; that rates for copyright works are for limited licences; and that VAT is not included. See notes on negotiating rates and *find a freelance

Newspapers do not pay commission rates that correspond to a professional income (see advice page): the following market rates are for information only and not recommended . The NUJ does not recommend that any photographer work for less than £250 per day.

Note that these rates do not include production charges!

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RATES: Commissions
National newspapers category: Newspapers

Some papers pay these rates for a commission, some for a whole day shift; some will pay two commissions in a day. Many cap wiring fees at around £50. Some papers pay as little as £150 - and we are told of the Sunday Mirror paying £320.

Guardian agreed rate: per day GBP 267.68
Better-paying - eg Telegraph commission GBP 250.00
Commission GBP 200.00
RATES: Commissions
National newspapers category: Newspaper supplements

Photography for the newspapers' magazine supplements is the exception to the general inadequacy of rates - it commands much higher magazine market rates. See the link below.

 

Notes:

  • The current Guardian agreement provides an extra 1.5% to photographers who agree to licence digital uses.
RATES: Stock pictures
National newspapers category: Newspapers - broadsheet

Reproduction fees for stock pictures are much closer to the rest of the publishing market than commission fees. The figures below are for "qualities" only. Tabloids/popular/red-top titles can pay double.

1-5 sq ins GBP 65.00
10 sq ins or 1/32 page GBP 70.00
11-20 sq ins or 1/16 page GBP 80.00
21-42 sq ins or 1/8 page GBP 100.00
43-85 sq ins or 1/4 page GBP 160.00
86-170 sq ins or 1/2 page GBP 210.00
RATES: Stock pictures
National newspapers category: Newspapers - compact size

The figures below are for "qualities" only. Tabloids or "red-top" titles can pay double, or more.

1-4 sq ins or 1/32 page GBP 65.00
5-11 sq ins or 1/16 page GBP 80.00
12-22 sq ins or 1/8 page GBP 100.00
23-44 sq ins or 1/4 page GBP 160.00
45-90 sq ins or 1/2 page GBP 210.00
RATES: Stock pictures
National newspapers category: Newspaper supplements

Newspapers' magazine supplements pay higher magazine market rates. See the link below.

 

Notes:

  • All stock picture rates are for print use only excluding electronic editions or web use which should command an additional fee.
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The National Union of Journalists must not, can not and would not wish to dictate rates or terms of engagement to members or to editors. The information presented here is for guidance and as an aid to equitable negotiation only.

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