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Print media / Regional newspapers

Rates paid by regional, and particularly provincial and local, newspapers vary hugely. These suggestions are based on the decent rates that members have achieved.

We updated these rates on 9 August 2021. Sadly, on the basis of the market information on which this Guide is based, we are unable to suggest rates that keep pace with inflation.

The suggested rates

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Please note that the suggested rates below are minima; that rates for copyright works are for limited licences; and that VAT is not included.

RATES: Shifts
Regional newspapers
category: Regional daily newspapers
6 or 7 hour sub-editing shifts (weekend) GBP 160.00
6 or 7 hour sub-editing shifts GBP 130.00
RATES: Shifts
Regional newspapers
category: Weekly/local newspapers

Sub-editing shifts are one kind of work where many - but not all - local papers pay noticeable rates.

6 or 7 hour sub-editing shifts GBP 120.00

Notes:

RATES: Writing, reporting and researching
Regional newspapers
category: Regional daily newspapers
Ordered story or feature, bigger papers, per 1000 GBP 170.00
Ordered story or feature, per 1000 GBP 130.00
Page lead GBP 70.00
Tip GBP 30.00
RATES: Writing, reporting and researching
Regional newspapers
category: Weekly/local newspapers
Ordered news or feature, per 1000 GBP 120.00

Notes:

  • Some regional and provincial newspapers pay such low rates that the NUJ cannot actually recommend that such work is undertaken, unless the writer needs to make a name for him/herself locally.
  • We would particularly like to name and shame the Barnsley Chronicle (apparently independent); the Chichester Observer and other Johnston Press papers in England; and the Birmingham Post and other Trinity Mirror regionals.
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Text © Mike Holderness & previous contributors; Moral rights asserted. The collection (database right) © National Union of Journalists. Comments to ffg@londonfreelance.org please. You may find the glossary helpful.

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.

Suggestions apply to contracts governed by UK law only. In any event, nothing here should be construed as legal advice.