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

Updated: 2020-02-29

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 / 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 Recorded interview with Guests or Commentary or Rant, over 5 minutes - House Agreement _BBC 2020 GBP 171.00 HA
BBC Recorded interview with Guests or Commentary or Rant, up to 5 minutes - House Agreement _BBC 2020 GBP 132.00 HA
BBC radio From Our Own Correspondent per piece - House Agreement _BBC 2020 GBP 157.00 HA
BBC radio newsroom 11.5 hour production day - _BBC 2020 GBP 195.00
BBC radio newsroom 11.5 hour production day _BBC 2020 GBP 195.00
BBC TV reporting or producing day, buyout of rights - House Agreement _BBC 2020 GBP 273.00 HA
BBC TV Action Rant/Show & tell with interview - House Agreement _BBC 2020 GBP 181.00 HA
Deutsche Welle 5 minute radio documentary - as reported to journoresources.org.uk 2020 EUR 258.00
Talk Radio offered for expert comment on aviation via own ISDN - job turned down since inexperienced producer unable to negotiate a fair rate 2020 GBP 25.00 XXXX
TV morning show punditry on the sofa for national TV morning show 2020 GBP 400.00 O
TV morning show punditry on the sofa for national TV morning show 2020 GBP 700.00 O
Voice of America (Turkish service) Brexit update - per 5 minutes live segment 2019 GBP 100.00

^ 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
BBC Click Live at Victoria and Albert museum, Dundee a runner 9am to 9pm) declined because offer barely above minimum wage _BBC 2019 GBP 100.00 XXXX
Podcasting podcast day rate (according to UK Audio Network) 2019 GBP 150.00 GR
Radio show podcast 2019 GBP 135.00

^ 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
Housing Report per pic 2019 GBP 95.00
Lea (Swiss mag?) 50 per cent share of fee paid to agency 2020 GBP 5.29
PCS People (trade union mag) half-day portrait shoot _TU 2019 GBP 275.00 O
Republik (Switzerland) 50 per cent share of fee paid to agency 2020 GBP 15.35 XX
The Rugby paper photos for centre spread 2020 GBP 50.00 XX
One member reports their minimum rate per photo, with credit 2020 GBP 195.00
One member reports their minimum rate per photo, waiving credit 2020 GBP 390.00
Prospect (trade union) member magazine half day _TU 2019 GBP 180.00

^ 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
Financial Times picture editing day, 8 hours, all photo desks - up from £139 _Nikkei 2020 GBP 145.00 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
Publication / Programme - details & terms Group Year currency Total paid GR
XXXX
A trade union client photographing a conference - for any use within internal publications _TU 2020 GBP 430.00
One member reports their minimum rate per historic photo, exclusive - up to one year online 2020 USD 800.00
One member reports their minimum rate per historic photo, non-exclusive - up to one year online; additional US$500 per share button 2020 USD 300.00

^ 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
Publication / Programme - details & terms Group Year currency Total paid GR
XXXX
A trade union client evening conference - for any PR use and within internal publications _TU 2020 GBP 500.00
A trade union client evening conference - for any PR use and within internal publications _TU 2020 GBP 360.00
A trade Union client one hour coverage of Union Learn teaching session - for any PR use and within internal publications _TU 2020 GBP 315.00
A trade Union client one hour coverage of Union Learn teaching session - for any PR use and within internal publications _TU 2020 GBP 315.00
A trade union client one day photographing - time at venue 4.5 hours plus processing, editing, selection - for any PR use and within internal publications _TU 2020 GBP 430.00
A trade union client twenty headshots and one group photo - for any PR use and within internal publications _TU 2020 GBP 367.00
A trade union client one day photographing - time at venue 5 hours plus processing, editing, selection - for any PR use and within internal publications _TU 2020 GBP 480.00
A trade union client one-day conference - for any PR use and within internal publications _TU 2020 GBP 500.00
A trade union client half day at conference plus processing time - for any client-owned web site and within internal publications _TU 2020 GBP 430.00
A trade union client two hours at venue plus processing time - half day - for any client owned web site use and within internal publications _TU 2020 GBP 367.00
A trade union client conference - 5 hours at venue plus processing time - one day - for any client-owned web site use and within internal publications _TU 2020 GBP 480.00
A trade union client conference - 8 hours at venue plus processing time, one day charged - for any client owned web site use and within internal publications _TU 2020 GBP 500.00
AFL-CIO (US trade union confederation) per pic _TU 2019 GBP 200.00
Event 2 hours plus editing 2020 GBP 150.00
Event 2 hours plus editing 2020 GBP 150.00
Large charity client magazine feature - for any client-owned web site use and within internal publications 2020 GBP 180.00 X
Large charity client magazine feature - for any client-owned web site use and within internal publications 2020 GBP 180.00
Large charity client magazine feature - for any client-owned web site and within internal publications 2020 GBP 207.00
PR client 1 pic for use on website, small 2020 GBP 50.00 X
Private citizen one 13 x 11 32-page 50-photograph photo book and 2 PDF copies on CD - for personal use only 2020 GBP 280.00
Research project at Cardiff University six days filming and photos _HMG 2019 GBP 3000.00
Retail client for PR shoot - for display use in store only - no expressed time limit 2020 GBP 150.00
Retail client for PR 2 hours photo + post processing - for any PR use and within internal publications 2020 GBP 250.00 X
Retail client for PR two hours at venue plus processing time - half day - for any client-owned web site use and internal publications 2020 GBP 250.00
Southbank Centre 10 silver bromide prints _HMG 2019 GBP 12000.00

^ 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
A PR company photographing a conference - any PR use within internal publications , production/exes £40 2020 GBP 350.00
A religious client photographing presentations - for any use within internal publications 2020 GBP 150.00 X
A trade union client photographing a conference - for any use within internal publications _TU 2020 GBP 475.00
A trade union client photographing a conference - for any PR use and within internal publications _TU 2020 GBP 475.00
A trade union client photographing a conference - for any use within internal publications _TU 2020 GBP 340.00
A trade union client 2-hour press conference - for any PR use and within internal publications _TU 2020 GBP 275.00
A trade union client 1-day conference - for any PR use and within internal publications _TU 2020 GBP 450.00 X
NUJ per day? _TU 2019 GBP 300.00 O
Personal portrait personal portrait - for any use by subject 2020 GBP 150.00 X
PR client magazine feature - for any client-owned web site use and within internal publications 2020 GBP 200.00
PR for a manufacturing company photographing an individual - for any use within internal publications 2020 GBP 400.00
Retail client for PR two hours at venue plus processing time - half day - for any client-owned web site use and within internal publications 2020 GBP 250.00
Shelter (housing charity) pictures for annual report 2020 GBP 500.00
Small charity made and edited video with own equipment - expenses on top 2020 GBP 350.00 X
University website photographing events or people for press releases - expenses not paid, paid per hour or per image depending on how many images they wanted (£5 per extra image) 2019 GBP 40.00

^ 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
Down Recorder image for print 2020 GBP 0.00 GR XXXX
Down Recorder image for print 2020 GBP 0.00 GR XXXX
Jersey Evening Post photos for match report 2020 GBP 100.00
Schriften etwas (Illegible Swiss paper) 50 per cent share of fee paid to agency 2020 GBP 70.15
Dix newspapers (?) photos of protest, each (via agency?) 2020 GBP 8.27 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
No recently reported rates were found here. Please try the links below.

^ 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 specialist reporting day, with Twitter and Facebook feeds 2019 GBP 150.00
New Scientist editing day - 2020 GBP 175.00
New Scientist editing day 2020 GBP 175.00 GR
The Diplomat 10 hour (subbing?) day - 2020 GBP 140.00
The Diplomat 10 hour (subbing?) day 2020 GBP 140.00
Full-time intern per month 2020 GBP 1450.00

^ 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 9-hour reporting shift (offer refused) _NI 2019 GBP 150.00 XX
Telegraph website editing day _BarcB 2020 GBP 150.00 GR X
Greenways Publishing subbing day across sports papers 2019 GBP 80.00 XX
Newsflare weekend editor day 2020 GBP 150.00

^ 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
Publication / Programme - details & terms Group Year currency Total paid GR
XXXX
Culture Trip copy editing, per article regardless of length 2019 GBP 8.00 XXX

^ 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
Inside Housing reporting day _Ocean 2020 GBP 160.00
Disability charity day doing social media 2019 GBP 150.00 X
History book research and fact checking day (for 3 months) 2020 GBP 120.00
unnamed BBC World Service programme production day (note house agreement rate for domestic BBC) _BBC 2020 GBP 190.00
Various EMAP titles reporting day up to 2020 GBP 170.00

^ 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
Belfast Telegraph reporting day - as reported to journoresources.org.uk - from the Rate for the Job! _INM 2020 GBP 84.00 XX
Belfast Telegraph reporting shift 2019 GBP 84.00 XX

^ 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
Spectator live music review, 600 words @ £150 for print use only = 2020 GBP 250.00

^ 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 feature, full-page _Assoc 2020 GBP 800.00 O
Mail online page lead - _Assoc 2020 GBP 40.00 XXXX
Mail online page lead _Assoc 2020 GBP 40.00 XXXX
The Times news page lead - _NI 2020 GBP 140.00 X

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

^ 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
Mail Online full-page story, length unspecified _Assoc 2020 GBP 40.00 XXX

^ 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
Commercial blog posts - average-ish each post - as reported to www.makealivingwriting.com 2020 USD 150.00
Commercial blog posts - top 15 per cent of writers each post - as reported to www.makealivingwriting.com 2020 USD 300.00
Marketing emails each email - as reported to www.makealivingwriting.com 2020 USD 200.00
Marketing emails - top whack each email - as reported to www.makealivingwriting.com 2020 USD 500.00
Online articles - average-ish for US writers each post - as reported to www.makealivingwriting.com 2020 USD 300.00
Online articles - top 11 per cent of US writers each post - as reported to www.makealivingwriting.com 2020 USD 1000.00

^ 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
Publication / Programme - details & terms Group Year currency Total paid GR
XXXX
Book on the band Queen 300-word update @ $200 2020 USD 666.00

^ 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
Amateur Photographer Op-ed - £75 for 400 words - as reported to journoresources.org.uk 2020 GBP 188.00
Amateur Photographer 400-word op-ed piece @ £75 = 2019 GBP 187.50
Bandcamp Daily music writing - according to whopayswriters.com 2020 USD 530.00
Camadian Geographic feature - according to whopayswriters.com _NatGeo 2020 USD 1000.00
Esquire feature - according to whopayswriters.com _Hearst 2020 USD 1330.00
Fortean Times 800 words comment @ £50 = 2020 GBP 62.50 XXX
Fortean Times 800 words comment @ £50 = 2020 GBP 62.50 XXX
Fortean Times _Dennis 2020 GBP 75.00 XXX
N by Norwegian (inflight mag) 1500 word feature story with two days reporting abroad @ £500 = terms - not discussed _Ink 2019 GBP 333.00
Post 2019 GBP 300.00
Professional Engineer 2019 GBP 300.00
Professional Engineering 2020 GBP 200.00 X
Resnews 750 words @ £75 = 2019 GBP 100.00
Spectator interview feature 1000-1200 words - print use only 2020 GBP 250.00
Spectator live music review 800 words @ £200 for print use only = 2020 GBP 250.00
Teen Vogue profile or interview - via whopayswriters.com _CondN 2020 USD 310.00
The Atlantic opinion or essay - according to whopayswriters.com 2020 USD 560.00
The Journalist 750 words @ £250 = _TU 2019 GBP 333.00
The Register feature - 2020 GBP 250.00
The Register feature 2020 GBP 250.00
Variety report - according to whopayswriters.com 2020 USD 130.00 XXX
Vice 2500 words @ £2000 no exes = 2020 GBP 800.00

^ 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
Christian Science Monitor profile or interview - according to whopayswriters.com 2020 USD 360.00
Daily Mail double page spread - as reported to journoresources.org.uk _Assoc 2020 GBP 500.00
Daily Mail double page spread - kill fee - as reported to journoresources.org.uk _Assoc 2020 GBP 300.00
Guardian weekend magazine feature - 2500 words @ £1250 _GMG 2020 GBP 500.00
Guardian arts review, 550 words @ £180 = _GMG 2019 GBP 327.00
New York Times op-ed _NYT 2020 USD 500.00
Africa Science News Service report - according to whopayswriters.com 2020 USD 1000.00
Al Jazeera English as reported to journoresources.org.uk 2020 USD 350.00

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

^ 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
Publication / Programme - details & terms Group Year currency Total paid GR
XXXX
Guardian obituary, free-use photo supplied; print and online - online and print, 880 words @ £273.40 = _GMG 2020 GBP 311.00
Public Finance International 2019 GBP 360.00
A human rights publication 2019 GBP 150.00
Barbican Centre programme 800 words @ £150 = _HMG 2019 GBP 187.50
CD sleeve 2019 GBP 400.00
CD sleeve 2019 GBP 100.00 XX

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

^ 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