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

Updated: 2019-06-23

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 Radio 4 producer day, 8 hours _BBC 2019 GBP 190.00
Voice of America Turkey 5 minute live update on Brexit 2019 GBP 100.00

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

^ 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
Publication / Programme - details & terms Group Year currency Total paid GR
XXXX
LBC radio Presenting one-hour show - if you are Nigel Farage (according to Private Eye - £320,000 for 5 shows a week 2019 GBP 1230.00

^ 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
Publication / Programme - details & terms Group Year currency Total paid GR
XXXX
Textbook (multimedia, published in USA) less than quarter page, very high run , terms 1 use in 1 edition 2019 GBP 1328.00 O
Textbook (published in Canada) less than quarter page , terms 1 use in 1 edition 2019 GBP 110.00

^ 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 one photo 2019 GBP 65.00
Buzzfeed previously-shot (stock) image, terms one time web use 2019 GBP 40.00
German magazine 7 photographs , terms print use only 2019 GBP 623.00

^ 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 Star 1 photograph , terms print use only _TMG 2019 GBP 150.00
Guardian 1 pic, terms 1 use online _GMG 2019 GBP 100.00
Mail online 2 photographs _Assoc 2019 GBP 200.00
Metro online 1 photograph , terms online use only _Assoc 2019 GBP 100.00
Mirror 1 photograph (less than 5 square inches), terms print use only _TMG 2019 GBP 130.00
Mirror online 2 photographs, terms online use only _TMG 2019 GBP 200.00
Sun online 3 photographs _NI 2019 GBP 450.00
Sunday Independent (Ireland) payment following copyright infringement in print and online (retrospective licence) _INM 2019 EUR 609.00 O
TV programme 2 photographs in TV programme, terms - PSR rights for unlimited transmissions including catch-up services, valid for 5 years 2019 GBP 500.00

^ 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
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
Council website image embedded in a downloadable PDF as an online resource, terms - one website only 2019 GBP 200.00
Documentary film flash fee for 1 still in non-commercial short film, terms - licensed for festivals only 2019 GBP 130.00
Mentorn media video footage - length unspecified 2019 GBP 800.00
Museum display (in Spain) 1 photo use for 1 month as a poster in display 2019 GBP 100.00
Private collection 200+ old used press prints (mostly 10x8 on RC paper) each 2019 GBP 50.00
Southbank galleries 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
Local council publicity flyer for a council event _HMG 2019 GBP 200.00
NUJ photographing event _TU 2019 GBP 300.00

^ 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
Belfast Telegraph single news photograph for print edition only _INM 2019 GBP 25.00 GR
Belfast Telegraph single news photograph used online _INM 2019 GBP 15.00 GR
Rotherham Advertiser two phtotos, print use only 2019 GBP 50.00
Rotherham Advertiser two phtotos, print plus web 2019 GBP 50.00
Local paper (Archant) 1 photo, terms 1 use print and online _ECN 2019 GBP 50.00

^ 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
Self-published book copy-editing book- took 29 hours - per hour 2019 GBP 35.00

^ 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
Africa Confidential unspecified day (writing? editing?) 2019 GBP 185.00
BBC Future editing day (8 hours) _BBC 2019 GBP 180.00
English Language Gazette very specialised reporting (hours negotiated up for busy month) per hour

2019 GBP 21.14
Money Saving Expert writing/editing day 2019 GBP 170.00

^ 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
Evening Standard picture editing day _Assoc 2019 GBP 180.00
Evening Standard magazine picture editing day _Lebedev 2019 GBP 180.00
Financial Times subbing day 2019 GBP 160.00 HA
Mail on Sunday unspecified day (writing? editing?) _Assoc 2019 GBP 150.00 X
Sun reporting day (9 hours) on consumer finance desk _NI 2019 GBP 120.00 XXXX
Sunday Times picture editing day _NI 2019 GBP 150.00 X
Sunday Times subbing day _NI 2019 GBP 176.96 GR O
Sunday Times picture editing day _NI 2019 GBP 150.00
AP Video 11-hour video editing day _AP 2019 GBP 250.00

^ 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
Hospital trust in the West Midlands day writing copy for and editing monthly hospital staff magazine, no expenses, turned down because required six weeks training for a short gig and a bank agreement with details of all other earnings 2019 GBP 152.00
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
Book authorship writing 15,000 word book, all rights (copyright assigned) 2019 GBP 1500.00 X

^ 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
Songlines review 2019 GBP 15.00 XXX

^ 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
Telegraph one story _BarcB 2019 GBP 60.00 XXXX

^ 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
Africa Science News Service flat fee 2019 USD 600.00

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

^ 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
BBC Future 1200 word feature @ £400 = _BBC 2019 GBP 333.00 GR
Frieze Art review, 700 words @ £180 = 2019 GBP 257.00
Frieze Art review outside UK, 2 edits 2019 GBP 180.00
New Scientist features, all rights (also note that they pay on publication) 2019 GBP 510.00 O
The Register feature , terms first worldwide online 2019 GBP 250.00

^ 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
FT Weekend review 2019 GBP 460.00
Telegraph sports feature, 1200 words - exclusive interview/profile with news peg _BarcB 2019 GBP 200.00

^ 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
ARTnews art review outside UK + 1 edit and a couple of emails - all rights to publisher _Advance 2019 GBP 150.00

^ 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
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
Publication / Programme - details & terms Group Year currency Total paid GR
XXXX
Metro opinion piece - offer of £65 for 650 words declined _Demand 2019 GBP 100.00 XXXX
 
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