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

Updated: 2018-08-08

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
Sky news Newspaper Review - _NI 2018 GBP 150.00
Sky news editing / subbing / reporting / newsreading day _NI 2018 GBP 160.00
Sky news presenting shift - _NI 2018 GBP 350.00
US TV news per story - 2018 USD 150.00 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
Advertising agency Voiceover work - per hour - (if you have an agent, they pay their fee on top!) 2018 GBP 150.00
Indie record label or artist (general) EPK - filmed interview with artist for album PR - 2018 GBP 250.00
Major record label (general) EPK - filmed interview with successful artist for album PR - 2018 GBP 1000.00
Major record label (general) EPK - filmed interview with successful artist for album PR - 2018 GBP 750.00
Major record label (general) EPK - filmed interview with successful artist for album PR - 2018 GBP 600.00

^ 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.

* 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
No recently reported rates were found here. Please try the links below.

^ 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 Video (10 sec) plus article - _Assoc 2018 GBP 270.00 O
Express 1 image for website - _TMG 2018 GBP 80.00 X
Financial Times day _NI 2018 GBP 160.00 GR
ITV one archive photo - worldwide usage _ITV 2018 GBP 400.00 X

^ 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
No recently reported rates were found here. Please try the links below.

^ 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
Publication / Programme - details & terms Group Year currency Total paid GR
XXXX
Construction company commercial website unauthorised use of photo on website (large) for 12 months - claimed £3k but accepted for a quick settlement 2018 GBP 2000.00
Rex Features (photo agency) use of one photo - probably re-licensing to another agency - 2018 GBP 0.28 XXXX

^ 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
Publication / Programme - details & terms Group Year currency Total paid GR
XXXX
33Shake day taking photos for website 2018 GBP 200.00 XX
PR company Cheque presentation photo 2018 GBP 200.00

^ 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
Publication / Programme - details & terms Group Year currency Total paid GR
XXXX
East Durham Life Half-day, mileage paid 2018 GBP 60.00 GR
Hartlepool Life Half-day, mileage paid 2018 GBP 60.00 GR
Western Mail day _TMG 2018 GBP 150.00
Western Mail booking minimum _TMG 2018 GBP 75.00
ITV 1 archive photo for daytime TV - _ITV 2018 GBP 200.00
Johnston Press papers in NE England so-called half-day - mileage not paid _Johnsto 2018 GBP 50.00
Johnston Press papers in NE England so-called half day _Johnsto 2018 GBP 50.00 XXX
Johnston Press papers in NE England day (though shifts are few and far between) _Johnsto 2018 GBP 100.00 XX
Newsflare (for London TV) 30 seconds video - 2018 GBP 50.00 XXX

^ 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
Book publisher per day - 2018 GBP 120.00 XXX
Book publisher per day - 2018 GBP 50.00 XXXX
British Dental Association Editing transcriptions of lectures to compile them into a book to help small business owners, such as medical practices 2018 GBP 200.00
Contract publishing per day to run project as editor including concept, pitching to client, client handling, commissioning text and subbing the text, plus social media and press releases related to project. Each book project lasts about a year, sometimes working every day, so 2018 GBP 250.00
LexisNexisUK per hour - _RE 2018 GBP 24.00

^ 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
English Language Gazette Reporting day, specialist 2018 GBP 250.00
Pink News 9-hour day of unspecified work - 2018 GBP 100.00 XXX
Third Age matters day of unspecified work 2018 GBP 160.00
Times Literary Supplement Picture editing day _TSL 2018 GBP 150.00 GR
Vogue online chief-sub day, regular hours 10am-6pm - _CondN 2018 GBP 130.00 GR XX
transcribing interviews per minute of interview (according to music journalists) - 2018 GBP 1.00 GR

^ 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
Daily Mail Picture editing day _Assoc 2018 GBP 180.00 GR
Daily Mirror Subbing day (7 hours) _TMG 2018 GBP 168.00 GR
Daily Telegraph Picture editing day _BarcB 2018 GBP 150.00 GR
Evening Standard sports subbing day 7am to 4pm (one hour for lunch) - _Lebedev 2018 GBP 130.00 GR
Financial Times Picture editing day 2018 GBP 139.00 GR XX
Guardian Picture editing day _GMG 2018 GBP 160.00 GR
Guardian Labs (advertorial) Picture editing day up to _GMG 2018 GBP 210.00 GR
i newspaper Picture editing day _Johnsto 2018 GBP 150.00 GR
Independent Picture editing day _Lebedev 2018 GBP 150.00 GR
Sunday Times Picture editing day _NI 2018 GBP 150.00 GR
Sunday Times Subbing day (7 hours) _NI 2018 GBP 176.40 GR
Times Picture editing day _NI 2018 GBP 145.00 GR X
Times subbing day - _NI 2018 GBP 156.00
BBC News Picture editing day _BBC 2018 GBP 165.00 GR
ITV archive and picture research day , terms - depending on the shift, from £140 to _ITV 2018 GBP 250.00 GR
News UK Bridge Studio (advertorial / branded content) Subbing day (7 hours) _NI 2018 GBP 179.00 GR

^ 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
Publication / Programme - details & terms Group Year currency Total paid GR
XXXX
International Investment news reporting day - not taxed at source 2018 GBP 200.00 O
Money Saving Expert 7.5-hour day of unspecified work - 2018 GBP 160.00
Vogue online per day working from home and logging on to the server to cover conferences and Fashion Week seasons (8am - 11pm) - _CondN 2018 GBP 250.00
Touchcast Studios day producing/directing video , terms - holiday pay on top 2018 GBP 290.00

^ 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
Publication / Programme - details & terms Group Year currency Total paid GR
XXXX
Discovery Channel Picture editing day (with some research) 2018 GBP 150.00 GR
UCL Medical School half-day shift, activity unspecified - 2018 GBP 150.00

^ Shifts / pr

See also Shifts / other...

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

^ 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
Publication / Programme - details & terms Group Year currency Total paid GR
XXXX
Johnston Press papers in NE England reporting or subbing day (though shifts are few and far between) _Johnsto 2018 GBP 100.00 XX
NE England local freesheets (run by ex-proper-paper staff) reporting or subbing day , terms - at least 2018 GBP 100.00
NE England local paper reporting day (covering for a Local Democracy Reporter - how much does the BBC pay the paper? 2018 GBP 100.00 X

^ 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
No recently reported rates were found here. Please try the links below.

^ 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
British Medical Journal 1300-word feature - 2018 GBP 395.00
Economist 3 images - 2018 GBP 450.00
Fabulous Real Life piece - 2018 GBP 350.00
Mojo re-use of article from 2005 - _Bauer 2018 GBP 100.00
Notebook Celebrity Q+A - 2018 GBP 250.00
Take a Break Real Life page - _Bauer 2018 GBP 350.00
Take a Break Real Life double-page spread - _Bauer 2018 GBP 700.00

^ 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
Daily Mail Max Hastings column, each (according to Private Eye) - _Assoc 2018 GBP 3000.00
i newspaper sports feature 900 words around - _Johnsto 2018 GBP 110.00
i newspaper match report 800 words not football - _Johnsto 2018 GBP 100.00
i newspaper small exclusive for sports pages, not football - _Johnsto 2018 GBP 130.00
Observer Celebrity Q+A - _GMG 2018 GBP 250.00
Sun on Sunday Page lead - _NI 2018 GBP 500.00
Sunday Mirror True-life feature - first newspaper rights only, once only print and online; exclusive for one week _TMG 2018 GBP 2000.00 O
Sunday Mirror Real Life dougle-page spread - _TMG 2018 GBP 1500.00
Sunday Mirror Real Life page - _TMG 2018 GBP 750.00
Sunday Times page lead news story with shared by-line - _NI 2018 GBP 300.00
Telegraph Real Life / "one day" - _BarcB 2018 GBP 200.00

^ 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
The Content Standard one article (no word limit) - 2018 USD 200.00

^ 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
Publication / Programme - details & terms Group Year currency Total paid GR
XXXX
Rokman Laing marketing consultancy legal content - 2018 GBP 60.00 XXXX

^ 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
Major record label (general) PR biog of successful artist for album release - 2018 GBP 1100.00
Record label (general) PR biog of artist for album release, indie label - 2018 GBP 350.00

^ 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
No recently reported rates were found here. Please try the links below.

^ 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
Ars Technica long-form science article - expenses available _CondN 2018 USD 350.00
British Medical Journal 1300 words @ £395 - 2018 GBP 304.00
Computer Active words + first-hand screenshots/images - _Dennis 2018 GBP 138.00
Eater London web feature 1800 words @ £180 - 2018 GBP 100.00 XX
Economist Espresso briefing 150-word news piece @ £100, all rights 2018 GBP 666.00 GR O
Empire features _Bauer 2018 GBP 300.00 GR
Modern Railways 2000-word feature article with interviews - haggled up from £350 to £370 , no terms agreed _Key 2018 GBP 185.00 X
Planet Rock - author retains copyright _Bauer 2018 GBP 200.00
Q Reuse of Q features published respectively 10 and 25 years ago - published under license to former owner EMAP with agreed reuse rate _Bauer 2018 GBP 120.00
Q Reuse of 25-yr-old feature - copyright retained then and now _Bauer 2018 GBP 120.00
Spectator online blog _BarcB 2018 GBP 50.00 XX
The Economist 600 words news piece @ £400, all rights 2018 GBP 666.00 GR
The Establishment as announced at www. theestablishment.co/ pitch-us 2018 USD 125.00
The Skinny 1300-1500 word feature interview @ £35 = 2018 GBP 27.00 GR XXXX
The Week Junior Big Debate - 600 words @ £175 - 2018 GBP 292.00
UK rock n roll articles and reviews - 2018 GBP 0.00 XXXX
Vice (Tonic health section) long-form science article - expenses available 2018 USD 250.00
Informa business-to-business title web feature 1800 words @ £720 - _Informa 2018 GBP 400.00 O
Think Publishing 1200-word feature plus 300-word sidebar @ £835 - 2018 GBP 557.00

^ 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
Guardian How I Spend It - 650 words @ £250 - _GMG 2018 GBP 385.00
Guardian news story - _GMG 2018 GBP 310.00
Guardian weekend The Secret to... - 350 words @ £200 = _GMG 2018 GBP 571.00
i newspaper 0 _Johnsto 2018 GBP 140.00 GR
Mail on Sunday Celebrity Q+A 1400 words @ £450 - _Assoc 2018 GBP 321.00
Sunday Times Celebrity Q+A 1200 words @ £400 - _NI 2018 GBP 333.00
Telegraph 750 words @ £100 = _BarcB 2018 GBP 133.00 XXX
Times Feature - freelance retained copyright _NI 2018 GBP 750.00 O
Times feature in Register section - _NI 2018 GBP 250.00
CNN Style 1000 words - _CNN 2018 GBP 250.00
Novara Media - 2018 GBP 50.00

^ 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
Independent feature - _Lebedev 2018 GBP 100.00 X

^ 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
Established indie record label (general) publicity biog for album release 2018 GBP 400.00

^ 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