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

Updated: 2018-06-17

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 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? It's currently there.

* Tell us what you've been paid for Broadcasting / mags * Freelance Fees Guide
No 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
Sky news editing/subbing/reporting/newsreading day - _NI 2018 GBP 160
Sky news presenting shift - _NI 2018 GBP 350
US TV news per story - 2018 USD 150 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 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 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
Publication / Programme - details & terms Group Year currency Total paid GR
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Indie record label or artist (general) EPK - filmed interview with artist for album PR - 2018 GBP 250
Major record label (general) EPK - filmed interview with successful artist for album PR - 2018 GBP 1000
Major record label (general) EPK - filmed interview with successful artist for album PR - 2018 GBP 750
Major record label (general) EPK - filmed interview with successful artist for album PR - 2018 GBP 600

^ 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 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 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 rates were found here. Please try the links below.

^ Illustrations / all

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No 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 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
Computer Weekly video - details unspecified 2018 GBP 250
BP-or-not-BP.org video (details unspecified) 2018 GBP 150 XX
PR company Cheque presentation photo - 2018 GBP 200

^ 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 O
Express 1 image for website - _TMG 2018 GBP 80 X
Financial Times day _NI 2018 GBP 160 GR
ITV one archive photo - worldwide usage _ITV 2018 GBP 400 X

^ Photography / online

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

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No 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
No 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
Publication / Programme - details & terms Group Year currency Total paid GR
XXXX
33Shake day taking photos for website 2018 GBP 200 XX

^ 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
ITV 1 archive photo for daytime TV - _ITV 2018 GBP 200
Newsflare (for London TV) 30 seconds video - 2018 GBP 50 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.

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No rates were found here. Please try the links below.

^ Retainers / all

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No 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 XXX
Book publisher per day - 2018 GBP 50 XXXX
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
LexisNexisUK per hour - _RE 2018 GBP 24

^ 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
Third Age matters day of unspecified work 2018 GBP 160
Times Literary Supplement Picture editing day _TSL 2018 GBP 150 GR
Vogue online chief-sub day, regular hours 10am-6pm - _CondN 2018 GBP 130 GR XX
transcribing interviews per minute of interview (according to music journalists) - 2018 GBP 1 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 GR
Daily Mirror Subbing day (7 hours) _TMG 2018 GBP 168 GR
Daily Telegraph Picture editing day _BarcB 2018 GBP 150 GR
Evening Standard sports subbing day 7am to 4pm (one hour for lunch) - _Lebedev 2018 GBP 130 GR
Financial Times Picture editing day 2018 GBP 139 GR XX
Guardian Picture editing day _GMG 2018 GBP 160 GR
Guardian Labs (advertorial) Picture editing day up to _GMG 2018 GBP 210 GR
i newspaper Picture editing day _Johnsto 2018 GBP 150 GR
Independent Picture editing day _Lebedev 2018 GBP 150 GR
Sunday Times Subbing day (7 hours) _NI 2018 GBP 176.4 GR
Sunday Times Picture editing day _NI 2018 GBP 150 GR
Times Picture editing day _NI 2018 GBP 145 GR X
Times subbing day - _NI 2018 GBP 156
BBC News Picture editing day _BBC 2018 GBP 165 GR
ITV archive and picture research day , terms - depending on the shift, from £140 to _ITV 2018 GBP 250 GR
News UK Bridge Studio (advertorial / branded content) Subbing day (7 hours) _NI 2018 GBP 179 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 O
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
Touchcast Studios day producing/directing video , terms - holiday pay on top 2018 GBP 290

^ 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 GR
UCL Medical School half-day shift, activity unspecified - 2018 GBP 150

^ Shifts / pr

See also Shifts / other...

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^ 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.

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

^ Teaching / all

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^ Tip-offs / news

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^ Translation / all

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^ 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 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
Economist 3 images - 2018 GBP 450
Fabulous Real Life piece - 2018 GBP 350
Mojo re-use of article from 2005 - _Bauer 2018 GBP 100
Notebook Celebrity Q+A - 2018 GBP 250
Take a Break Real Life page - _Bauer 2018 GBP 350
Take a Break Real Life double-page spread - _Bauer 2018 GBP 700

^ 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.

* 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
i newspaper sports feature 900 words around - _Johnsto 2018 GBP 110
i newspaper match report 800 words not football - _Johnsto 2018 GBP 100
i newspaper small exclusive for sports pages, not football - _Johnsto 2018 GBP 130
Observer Celebrity Q+A - _GMG 2018 GBP 250
Sun on Sunday Page lead - _NI 2018 GBP 500
Sunday Mirror True-life feature - first newspaper rights only, once only print and online; exclusive for one week _TMG 2018 GBP 2000 O
Sunday Mirror Real Life page - _TMG 2018 GBP 750
Sunday Mirror Real Life dougle-page spread - _TMG 2018 GBP 1500
Sunday Times page lead news story with shared by-line - _NI 2018 GBP 300
Telegraph Real Life / "one day" - _BarcB 2018 GBP 200

^ 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

^ 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 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
Record label (general) PR biog of artist for album release, indie label - 2018 GBP 350

^ 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.

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^ 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
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^ 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
British Medical Journal 1300 words @ £395 - 2018 GBP 304
Computer Active words + first-hand screenshots/images - _Dennis 2018 GBP 138
Eater London web feature 1800 words @ £180 - 2018 GBP 100 XX
Latin Finance 2018 GBP 350 O
New Internationalist 2018 GBP 250
Q Reuse of 25-yr-old feature - copyright retained then and now _Bauer 2018 GBP 120
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
Spears magazine 1200-word feature @ £480 = 2018 GBP 400 O
Spectator online blog  -   _BarcB 2018 GBP 50 XX
The Economist 600 words news piece @ £400, all rights 2018 GBP 666 GR
The Week Junior Big Debate - 600 words @ £175 - 2018 GBP 292
UK rock n roll articles and reviews - 2018 GBP 0 XXXX
Vice (Tonic health section) long-form science article - expenses available 2018 USD 250
Vice news 10 pix thrown in 2018 GBP 430 O
Vice UK 2018 GBP 120
Global Island News 1800 words @ £300 = 2018 GBP 167
Informa business-to-business title web feature 1800 words @ £720 - _Informa 2018 GBP 400 O
Recreational magazine 500 word ("plus thumbnail") @ £75 = _Bauer 2018 GBP 150 X
Think Publishing 1200-word feature plus 300-word sidebar @ £835 - 2018 GBP 557

^ 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
Economist Espresso briefing 150-word news piece @ £100, all rights 2018 GBP 666 GR O
Guardian How I Spend It - 650 words @ £250 - _GMG 2018 GBP 385
Guardian news story - _GMG 2018 GBP 310 O
Guardian weekend The Secret to... - 350 words @ £200  -   _GMG 2018 GBP 571
Independent 1200 words @ £200 = _Lebedev 2018 GBP 167 X
Mail on Sunday Celebrity Q+A 1400 words @ £450 - _Assoc 2018 GBP 321
Mail on Sunday news _Assoc 2018 GBP 400
Sunday Times Celebrity Q+A 1200 words @ £400 - _NI 2018 GBP 333
Telegraph 750 words @ £100 - _BarcB 2018 GBP 133 XXX
Times Feature - freelance retained copyright _NI 2018 GBP 750 O
Times feature in Register section - _NI 2018 GBP 250
Times supplement _NI 2018 GBP 350
CNN Style 1000 words - _CNN 2018 GBP 250
Novara Media - 2018 GBP 50

^ 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 X
Space Arts website blog post 500 words @ £100 = 2018 GBP 200

^ Words, per 1000 / other

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

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^ 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

^ Words, per 1000 / regional

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

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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 (more will be made soon):  HA
8 Underpaid, in the fallible opinion of the Freelance editor:GBP50X
or Just sometimes we're pleasantly surprised:EUR1500O

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