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

Updated: 2019-04-30

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
Brexit facebook live Web TV spot 2019 GBP 100.00 X
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
Publication / Programme - details & terms Group Year currency Total paid GR
XXXX
CTVC fact-checking a documentary (how long? how many facts?) 2019 GBP 150.00 ?
Podcasts - various titles per podcast 2019 GBP 240.00 GR

^ Broadcasting / pr

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

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

^ Broadcasting / regional

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

If you are interested, the archived rates are here.

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

^ Photography / mags

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

If you are interested, the archived rates are here.

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

^ Photography / news

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

If you are interested, the archived rates are here.

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

^ Photography / online

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

* Tell us what you've been paid for Photography / online * Freelance Fees Guide
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
Mentorn media video footage - length unspecified 2019 GBP 800.00
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
No recently reported rates were found here. Please try the links below.

^ Photography / regional

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

* Tell us what you've been paid for Photography / regional * Freelance Fees Guide
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

^ 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
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
Sun reporting day (9 hours) on consumer finance desk _NI 2019 GBP 120.00 XXXX
AP Video 11-hour video editing day _AP 2019 GBP 250.00
DW.com data journalist day 2019 EUR 330.00

^ Shifts / online

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

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

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

^ Shifts / other

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

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

^ Shifts / pr

See also Shifts / other...

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

^ Shifts / regional

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

See also national papers.

If you are interested, the archived rates are here.

* Tell us what you've been paid for Shifts / regional * Freelance Fees Guide
Publication / Programme - details & terms Group Year currency Total paid GR
XXXX
Mail on Sunday unspecified day (writing? editing?) _Assoc 2019 GBP 150.00 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
Lussorian reviews 2019 GBP 100.00 X
Mojo album review _Bauer 2019 GBP 43.00 X
Q album review, down-page (same as a decade ago) _Bauer 2019 GBP 42.50 X
Songlines review 2019 GBP 15.00 XXX
Writers Forum features, FBS 2019 GBP 120.00 X

^ Words, other / news

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

If you are interested, the archived rates are here.

* Tell us what you've been paid for Words, other / news * Freelance Fees Guide
Publication / Programme - details & terms Group Year currency Total paid GR
XXXX
Mirror Friday entertainment section feature (in 2000) _TMG 2019 GBP 1800.00 O
Mirror Friday entertainment section feature (in 2018) _TMG 2019 GBP 800.00 X
Telegraph one story _BarcB 2019 GBP 60.00 XXXX

^ Words, other / online

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

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

^ Words, other / other

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

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

^ Words, other / pr

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

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

^ Words, other / regional

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

* Tell us what you've been paid for Words, other / regional * Freelance Fees Guide
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
The Register weekly column 2019 GBP 160.00 X

^ Words, per 1000 / news

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

If you are interested, the archived rates are here.

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

^ 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
Frieze Art review, 700 words @ £180 = 2019 GBP 257.00
Frieze Art review outside UK, 2 edits 2019 GBP 180.00
Debut careers blog post 900 words @ £25 2019 GBP 27.77 XXX

^ Words, per 1000 / other

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

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

^ Words, per 1000 / pr

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

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

^ Words, per 1000 / regional

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

* Tell us what you've been paid for Words, per 1000 / regional * Freelance Fees Guide
No recently reported rates were found here. Please try the links below.
 
Key to the rates, by column:
1 Publication / Programme, any details of work and licence
2 Owner at the time the rate was reported, where knownGroup
3 The year in which the rate was reportedYear
4 Currency: either GBP or EUR or (US) USDcurrency
5 Amount paid (total of basic licence and extra licences for web use, database resale...) Amount
7 "Going Rate" according to experienced NUJ members - do try to better it:  GR
or Minimum rate set out in NUJ House Agreement:  HA
8 Underpaid, in the fallible opinion of the Freelance editor:GBP50.00X
or Just sometimes we're pleasantly surprised:EUR1500.00O

Other rates:

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