Print media / National newspapers

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Rates for newspaper copy vary hugely and the following are decent achievable minima, mostly for what you might call "generic" stories. Exclusives and other big stories attract much higher fees. The rates for words are for their first appearance in a UK newspaper. If the publisher wants further uses, negotiate.

We updated these rates on 22 July 2018

No-one knows quite how to categorise national papers now that the Financial Times and Telegraph are the only London national broadsheets. For the moment we have gone with qualities (tongue not entirely absent from cheek) and tabloids (straight up).

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RATES: Shifts
National newspapers category: Newspapers
Writing news: per day GBP 185.00
6 or 7 hour sub-editing shifts GBP 180.00
RATES: Shifts
National newspapers category: Newspaper supplements
Writing: per day GBP 200.00
6 or 7 hour sub-editing shifts (weekend) GBP 190.00
6 or 7 hour sub-editing shifts GBP 180.00

Notes:

RATES: Writing, reporting and researching
National newspapers category: Newspapers
Page lead, tabloids - sky's the limit, rarely less than GBP 1000.00
Tip-off leading to exclusive or large spread, upward of GBP 1000.00
Splashy features for "qualities", per 1000, from GBP 800.00
Normal features for "qualities", per 1000, from GBP 500.00
Page lead, for "qualities", per 1000, from GBP 500.00
News, for "qualities", per 1000 words, from GBP 430.00
Tip-off for news, "qualities" - much more for big stories GBP 200.00
Commissioned online blog post - e.g. "Comment is Free" from GBP 110.00
Tip-off for diary - minimum GBP 50.00
RATES: Writing, reporting and researching
National newspapers category: Newspaper supplements
Splashy features for "qualities", per 1000, from GBP 1000.00
Per 1000 words, generic GBP 600.00
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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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