[NUJ.LFB] NUJ Rate for the Job: Recently reported rates

Updated: 2019-02-19

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. They are sorted by publisher/publication, then by date (most recent first). TIP: Use the "Find in page" command under your browser's "Edit" or "Search" menu to be sure of finding all occurrences of a publication/publisher. AND do note the year in which the rate was reported! See also the Freelance Fees Guide, which gives general recommendations. And read the disclaimer and the key to exactly what the entries mean.

^ Broadcasting / books

Contact Equity for rates for reading A Book at Bedtime.

* Tell us what you've been paid for Broadcasting / books * Freelance Fees Guide
No recently reported rates were found here. Please try the links below.

^ Broadcasting / mags

The definition of 'magazine' in broadcasting is probably too loose for our purposes here. See Broadcasting / other. Unless this is where "podcasting" should be filed?

* Tell us what you've been paid for Broadcasting / mags * Freelance Fees Guide
No recently reported rates were found here. Please try the links below.

^ Broadcasting / news

Includes punditry: for non-broadcast punditry see here.

If you are interested, the archived rates are here.

* Tell us what you've been paid for Broadcasting / news * Freelance Fees Guide
Publication / Programme - details & terms Group Year currency Total paid GR
XXXX
BBC News Daily buyout (On Air or Online reporting or producing) - _BBC 2018 GBP 266.00 HA
BBC News Daily Buyout (Fixing or producing for Non on air/non website work) - _BBC 2018 GBP 165.00 HA
BBC Radio News Straight piece/despatch including Generic Minute, up to 2 minutes _BBC 2018 GBP 75.00 HA
BBC Radio News Straight piece/despatch including Generic Minute, over 2 minutes _BBC 2018 GBP 89.00 HA
BBC Radio News Recorded interview with Guest(s) or Commentary or Rant, as live - up to 5 minutes _BBC 2018 GBP 128.00 HA
BBC Radio News Recorded interview with Guest(s) or Commentary or Rant, as live - over 5 minutes _BBC 2018 GBP 166.00 HA
BBC Radio News Long Feature (8 minutes) for Analysis (World Service Radio) _BBC 2018 GBP 659.00 HA
BBC Radio News Disco donut (see glossary!) _BBC 2018 GBP 105.00 HA
BBC TV News Track and Piece to Camera and Rushes _BBC 2018 GBP 188.00 HA
BBC TV News Action Rant/Show & Tell with own kit _BBC 2018 GBP 153.00 HA
BBC TV News Interview - assumes half day shoot and half day edit _BBC 2018 GBP 224.00 HA
BBC TV News Newsnight feature. 8 to 10 minutes, plus 2.5-minute cut-down version _BBC 2018 GBP 1099.00 HA
Brexit facebook live Web TV spot 2019 GBP 100.00 X

^ Broadcasting / online

We're waiting to see whether any of these turn up...

* Tell us what you've been paid for Broadcasting / online * Freelance Fees Guide
No recently reported rates were found here. Please try the links below.

^ Broadcasting / other

Any kind of work for TV or radio programmes other than news. Includes, for the moment, podcasting - whether of newspaper, magazine or broadcast content. Includes punditry: for non-broadcast punditry see here.

If you are interested, the archived rates are here.

* Tell us what you've been paid for Broadcasting / other * Freelance Fees Guide
Publication / Programme - details & terms Group Year currency Total paid GR
XXXX
CTVC fact-checking a documentary (how long? how many facts?) 2019 GBP 150.00 ?
Podcasts - various titles per podcast 2019 GBP 240.00 GR

^ Broadcasting / pr

We're waiting to see whether any rates for video press releases show up...

* Tell us what you've been paid for Broadcasting / pr * Freelance Fees Guide
No recently reported rates were found here. Please try the links below.

^ Broadcasting / regional

Any kind of work for broadcast (TV or radio) regional news. See also national news. Includes punditry: for non-broadcast punditry see here.

If you are interested, the archived rates are here.

* Tell us what you've been paid for Broadcasting / regional * Freelance Fees Guide
No recently reported rates were found here. Please try the links below.

^ Cartoons / all

* Tell us what you've been paid for Cartoons / all * Freelance Fees Guide
No recently reported rates were found here. Please try the links below.

^ Crosswords / all

* Tell us what you've been paid for Crosswords / all * Freelance Fees Guide
No recently reported rates were found here. Please try the links below.

^ Illustrations / all

* Tell us what you've been paid for Illustrations / all * Freelance Fees Guide
No recently reported rates were found here. Please try the links below.

^ Photography / books

Photography, whether paid by the day, the hour or per picture, whose primary purpose is to put pix in a book.

* Tell us what you've been paid for Photography / books * Freelance Fees Guide
No recently reported rates were found here. Please try the links below.

^ Photography / mags

Photography - whether paid by the day, the hour or per picture - whose primary use is in a magazine. (Generic rates for publishing groups appear at the end.)

If you are interested, the archived rates are here.

* Tell us what you've been paid for Photography / mags * Freelance Fees Guide
Publication / Programme - details & terms Group Year currency Total paid GR
XXXX
New Internationalist quarter-page photo 2019 GBP 65.00

^ Photography / news

Photography - whether paid by the day, the hour or per picture - whose primary use is in a national newspaper. (Generic rates for publishing groups appear at the end.) See also regional newspapers.

If you are interested, the archived rates are here.

* Tell us what you've been paid for Photography / news * Freelance Fees Guide
Publication / Programme - details & terms Group Year currency Total paid GR
XXXX
Daily Mail online Quarter-page photo _Assoc 2018 GBP 180.00 X
Mail online 30-second video _Assoc 2019 GBP 60.00 XXX
BBC world news Europe one photo plus caption _BBC 2019 GBP 75.00

^ Photography / online

Photography, whether paid by the day, the hour or per picture, whose primary purpose is for online publication.

* Tell us what you've been paid for Photography / online * Freelance Fees Guide
Publication / Programme - details & terms Group Year currency Total paid GR
XXXX
KeyAGENT Ltd (Property photography for estate agents) Min 20 photos + floorplan with measurements of property, per property up to 5-bed house (regardless of house value). No expenses paid. , terms - All Rights. Comprehensive contract signed, DBS and Insurance required. 2018 GBP 30.00 XXXX
Newsflare Video commissioned via Mentorn Media 2018 GBP 400.00

^ Photography / other

Photography, whether paid by the day, the hour or per picture, that's not for newspapers, magazines, books, PR or online publications.

* Tell us what you've been paid for Photography / other * Freelance Fees Guide
No recently reported rates were found here. Please try the links below.

^ Photography / pr

Public Relations work should attract much higher rates than reporting work, even for the same client. So ask what the pictures are for! (Also try Photography / other.)

* Tell us what you've been paid for Photography / pr * Freelance Fees Guide
No recently reported rates were found here. Please try the links below.

^ Photography / regional

Photography - whether paid by the day, the hour or per picture - whose primary use is in a regional newspaper. (Generic rates for publishing groups appear at the end.) See also national papers.

* Tell us what you've been paid for Photography / regional * Freelance Fees Guide
No recently reported rates were found here. Please try the links below.

^ Punditry / not broadcast

Being interviewed as an expert and punditry in general. Except, for historical reasons, the majority of this work, which is done for broadcasters - see Broadcasting / news, Broadcasting / regional and Broadcasting / other. There, going rates apply - see the Fees Guide link. Here, negotiations are wide open.

* Tell us what you've been paid for Punditry / not broadcast * Freelance Fees Guide
No recently reported rates were found here. Please try the links below.

^ Retainers / all

* Tell us what you've been paid for Retainers / all * Freelance Fees Guide
No recently reported rates were found here. Please try the links below.

^ Shifts / books

* Tell us what you've been paid for Shifts / books * Freelance Fees Guide
Publication / Programme - details & terms Group Year currency Total paid GR
XXXX
bi-annual subbing a magazine translated into English from French, 58,000 words in total 2019 EUR 2300.00 X
Non-fiction book per day proofreading 90,000-word book 2019 GBP 1500.00
Non-fiction book per day proofreading 90,000-word book minimum, more if rush job, find publishers willing to renegotiate if unanticipated extra work eg rewriting 2019 GBP 1500.00
Non-fiction book per day proofreading ghost-written autobiography, then renegotiating to cover massive rewrite 2019 GBP 6000.00 O
Non-fiction book per day heavy edit on non-fiction book, £3000 agreed then major rewrite-plus led to renegotiation to... 2019 GBP 4750.00
Non-fiction book per day proofing/light edit on non-fiction book minimum 2019 GBP 1000.00

^ Shifts / mags

Writing and editing work for magazines, paid by the day or the hour. Mostly sub-editing: checking and proofreading copy and making it fit the house style and design. (Actual publication/programme names appear before publishers and generic rates.

If you are interested, the archived rates are here.

* Tell us what you've been paid for Shifts / mags * Freelance Fees Guide
Publication / Programme - details & terms Group Year currency Total paid GR
XXXX
Boat International subbing day 9.30-6 2018 GBP 150.00
English Language Gazette Specialist reporting day 2018 GBP 150.00 X
Money Saving Expert Writing and editing day 2018 GBP 170.00
Schools Week Subbing day 2018 GBP 150.00
The Week Junior subbing day 9.30-5.30  _Dennis 2018 GBP 145.00
Third Age Matters day and 1/4 it says here... 2018 GBP 200.00

^ Shifts / news

Writing and editing work for national newspapers, paid by the day or the hour. Mostly sub-editing: checking and proofreading copy and making it fit the house style and design. (Actual publication/programme names appear before publishers and generic rates.

See also regional newspapers.

If you are interested, the archived rates are here.

* Tell us what you've been paid for Shifts / news * Freelance Fees Guide
Publication / Programme - details & terms Group Year currency Total paid GR
XXXX
Sun reporting day (9 hours) on consumer finance desk _NI 2019 GBP 120.00 XXXX
AP Video 11-hour video editing day _AP 2019 GBP 250.00
DW.com data journalist day 2019 EUR 330.00

^ Shifts / online

Writing and editing work primarily for online-only use, paid by the day or the hour.

In August 2012 we moved rates for online editions of newspapers and magazines into the 'news' or 'mags' listings.

* Tell us what you've been paid for Shifts / online * Freelance Fees Guide
No recently reported rates were found here. Please try the links below.

^ Shifts / other

Work paid by the day or the hour that's not for newspapers, magazines, books, PR or online publications.

* Tell us what you've been paid for Shifts / other * Freelance Fees Guide
No recently reported rates were found here. Please try the links below.

^ Shifts / pr

See also Shifts / other...

* Tell us what you've been paid for Shifts / pr * Freelance Fees Guide
Publication / Programme - details & terms Group Year currency Total paid GR
XXXX
Small drinks brand Brand consultancy, per day 2019 GBP 250.00

^ Shifts / regional

Writing and editing work for regional newspapers, paid by the day or the hour. Mostly sub-editing: checking and proofreading copy and making it fit the house style and design. (Actual publication/programme names appear before publishers and generic rates)

See also national papers.

If you are interested, the archived rates are here.

* Tell us what you've been paid for Shifts / regional * Freelance Fees Guide
No recently reported rates were found here. Please try the links below.

^ Teaching / all

* Tell us what you've been paid for Teaching / all * Freelance Fees Guide
No recently reported rates were found here. Please try the links below.

^ Tip-offs / news

* Tell us what you've been paid for Tip-offs / news * Freelance Fees Guide
No recently reported rates were found here. Please try the links below.

^ Translation / all

* Tell us what you've been paid for Translation / all * Freelance Fees Guide
No recently reported rates were found here. Please try the links below.

^ Words, other / books

Words whose primary purpose is to appear in a book. We'll worry about how to tabulate royalty deals when you send some.

* Tell us what you've been paid for Words, other / books * Freelance Fees Guide
Publication / Programme - details & terms Group Year currency Total paid GR
XXXX
Industry-specific Guide Book (How to...) researching and writing 50,000 word book, including about 20 original interviews, about 4 weeks full time and 4 months part time. - exclusive license for 5 years, then copyright reverts to author 2018 GBP 5000.00

^ Words, other / mags

Work for which we have no rate-per-thousand-words, whose primary use is in a magazine.

If you are interested, the archived rates are here.

* Tell us what you've been paid for Words, other / mags * Freelance Fees Guide
Publication / Programme - details & terms Group Year currency Total paid GR
XXXX
Country Music album review, 90 words _Anthem 2018 GBP 9.00 XXXX
Lussorian reviews 2019 GBP 100.00 X
Mojo album review _Bauer 2019 GBP 43.00 X
Q album review, down-page (same as a decade ago) _Bauer 2019 GBP 42.50 X
Songlines review 2019 GBP 15.00 XXX
Uncut album review, 100 words 2018 GBP 25.00
Writers Forum features, FBS 2019 GBP 120.00 X

^ Words, other / news

Work for which we have no rate-per-thousand-words, whose primary use is in a national newspaper. See also regional papers.

If you are interested, the archived rates are here.

* Tell us what you've been paid for Words, other / news * Freelance Fees Guide
Publication / Programme - details & terms Group Year currency Total paid GR
XXXX
Guardian The Long Read 3000 - 4000 words _GMG 2018 GBP 2500.00
Guardian The Long Read 3000 - 4000 words - expenses paid _GMG 2018 GBP 4000.00 O
Guardian Long Read 5000 words of in-depth reporting _GMG 2018 GBP 2500.00
Mirror Friday entertainment section feature (in 2000) _TMG 2019 GBP 1800.00 O
Mirror Friday entertainment section feature (in 2018) _TMG 2019 GBP 800.00 X
Telegraph one story _BarcB 2019 GBP 60.00 XXXX
BBC News online Commissioned long-form feature/analysis - usually over 1000 words _BBC 2018 GBP 326.00 HA
BBC News online News Piece (copy/colour/instant analysis) 500-800 words _BBC 2018 GBP 191.00 HA

^ Words, other / online

In August 2012 we moved rates for online editions of newspapers and magazines into the 'news' or 'mags' listings.

* Tell us what you've been paid for Words, other / online * Freelance Fees Guide
Publication / Programme - details & terms Group Year currency Total paid GR
XXXX
Debut features, 600-900 words, on topics expected to help university students or graduates, picture research expected 2019 GBP 25.00 XXX
IRIN 400-word profile and one picture, first world electronic rights 2019 USD 280.00 GR

^ Words, other / other

Work paid by the piece, for example, that's not for newspapers, magazines, books, PR or online publications.

* Tell us what you've been paid for Words, other / other * Freelance Fees Guide
No recently reported rates were found here. Please try the links below.

^ Words, other / pr

Writing for Public Relations should attract much higher rates than reporting. There's the 'selling your soul' aspect... But, practically, there's the time it takes. PR clients love meetings. Lots of them. Long ones. Meetings are what they do. (Also try Words, other / other.)

* Tell us what you've been paid for Words, other / pr * Freelance Fees Guide
Publication / Programme - details & terms Group Year currency Total paid GR
XXXX
Pop promoter tour programme note 2019 GBP 1500.00 O
Record company (small) CD booklet 2019 GBP 200.00

^ Words, other / regional

Work for which we have no rate-per-thousand-words, whose primary use is in a regional newspaper. See also national papers.

* Tell us what you've been paid for Words, other / regional * Freelance Fees Guide
Publication / Programme - details & terms Group Year currency Total paid GR
XXXX
The Resident arrange interview, do interview, write up, providing pictures and boxes for dps - "no idea" of terms _ECN 2018 GBP 175.00 XXX
Local newspapers Researching, writing & sourcing pics for 30 pages of editorial (A5 mag). Was offered £350 for everything; after negotiation, they offered £400 all in. Turned down. _NQ 2018 GBP 350.00 XXXX

^ Words, per 1000 / books

Work paid by the thousand words, whose primary use is in a book. Only do this if the rate is good and you expect sales to be minimal. Otherwise, go for royalties. Percent of gross, my child, always remember percent of gross sales.

* Tell us what you've been paid for Words, per 1000 / books * Freelance Fees Guide
No recently reported rates were found here. Please try the links below.

^ Words, per 1000 / mags

Work paid by the thousand words, whose primary use is in a magazine. (Generic rates for publishing groups appear at the end.)

If you are interested, the archived rates are here.

* Tell us what you've been paid for Words, per 1000 / mags * Freelance Fees Guide
Publication / Programme - details & terms Group Year currency Total paid GR
XXXX
BBC History magazine _Immed 2018 GBP 285.00
Resident Advisor __misc 2018 GBP 187.50
The Register weekly column 2019 GBP 160.00 X
Travel Market 2000 words @ £150 2018 GBP 75.00 XXX
CSP union _TU 2018 GBP 300.00
Fire Brigades Union _TU 2018 GBP 300.00
Professional association 2000 words @ US$1800 2018 USD 900.00 O
ShortList 1800-word feature, including research, interviews and writing 2018 GBP 220.00 GR XXX

^ Words, per 1000 / news

Work paid by the thousand words, whose primary use is in a national newspaper. See also regional newspapers.

If you are interested, the archived rates are here.

* Tell us what you've been paid for Words, per 1000 / news * Freelance Fees Guide
Publication / Programme - details & terms Group Year currency Total paid GR
XXXX
FT Weekend review 2019 GBP 460.00
Independent IndyBest reviews up to 1000 words _Lebedev 2019 GBP 80.00 XX
Mirror arts feature _TMG 2019 GBP 400.00 X
Times article filed from abroad _NI 2018 GBP 50.00 GR XXXX

^ Words, per 1000 / online

In August 2012 we moved rates for online editions of newspapers and magazines into the 'news' or 'mags' listings, as newspapers and magazines integrate print and online. These should be rates for purely-digital publications.

* Tell us what you've been paid for Words, per 1000 / online * Freelance Fees Guide
Publication / Programme - details & terms Group Year currency Total paid GR
XXXX
Debut careers blog post 900 words @ £25 2019 GBP 27.77 XXX

^ Words, per 1000 / other

Work paid by the thousand words that's not for newspapers, magazines, books, PR or purely-online publications.

* Tell us what you've been paid for Words, per 1000 / other * Freelance Fees Guide
No recently reported rates were found here. Please try the links below.

^ Words, per 1000 / pr

Writing for Public Relations should attract much higher rates than reporting. There's the 'selling your soul' aspect... But, practically, there's the time it takes. PR clients love meetings. Lots of them. Long ones. Meetings are what they do. (Also try Words, per 1000 / other.)

* Tell us what you've been paid for Words, per 1000 / pr * Freelance Fees Guide
Publication / Programme - details & terms Group Year currency Total paid GR
XXXX
A record company Programme feature for a pop group - 2018 GBP 1500.00 O
A trade union Article drafted for senior staff _TU 2018 GBP 350.00
Major music label 800-word musician biography @ £400 2019 GBP 500.00
Record label album box set booklet 2019 GBP 350.00
Record label album box set booklet for middle-rank artist, enormous booklet, total £3000 2019 GBP 150.00 X
Record label album box set booklet (middle-rank artist, shortish) 2019 GBP 250.00
Record label album box set booklet ("Historical" "archive) - writer retained copyright, especially in new interviews for spin-off article use abd extra fees negotiated for extra items after original agreement 2019 GBP 500.00

^ Words, per 1000 / regional

Work paid by the thousand words, whose primary use is in a regional newspaper. See also national papers.

* Tell us what you've been paid for Words, per 1000 / regional * Freelance Fees Guide
No recently reported rates were found here. Please try the links below.
 
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 EUR or (US) USDcurrency
5 Amount paid (total of basic licence and extra licences for web use, database resale...) Amount
7 "Going Rate" according to experienced NUJ members - do try to better it:  GR
or Minimum rate set out in NUJ House Agreement:  HA
8 Underpaid, in the fallible opinion of the Freelance editor:GBP50.00X
or Just sometimes we're pleasantly surprised:EUR1500.00O

Other rates:

Type of work: In the "sector": (click or tap below!)
Words, per 1000 News Local Mag online Book PR Other
Words, other News Local Mag online Book PR Other
Photography News Local Mag online Book PR Other
Broadcasting News Local Other including podcasting
Shifts News Local Mag online Book PR Other
Other: Cartoons | Crosswords | Illustration | Punditry | Retainer | Teaching | Tip-off | Translation
Recently reported rates all from the past few months