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

Updated: 2021-09-14

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
Daybreak Europe on Bloomberg.tv Producer day _Bloomb 2021 GBP 200.00 GR X

^ 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
A non-profit organisation podcast 2021 GBP 300.00 O
BBC Production and film programming day _BBC 2021 GBP 120.00 XX
King's Health Partners (NHS) 15 minute video podcast on health inequalities - Buy-out, no expenses (but none incurred, other than overheads) 2021 GBP 6200.00 O
Podcast for shop chain chairing 2-hour discussion 2021 GBP 200.00

^ 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
Publication / Programme - details & terms Group Year currency Total paid GR
XXXX
Omroep Flevoland (Dutch regional broadcaster) day doing pieces to camera (own equipment) plus studio 2-ways and notes , terms - (they maybe said yes too quickly) expenses on top 2021 GBP 550.00
Radio Essex day reading and writing news bulletins (7 hours) 2020 GBP 70.00 XX

^ 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
Cyclist photography on location for feature, approximately 4 hours photography and 4 hours post-production - licensed for single issue and web _Dennis 2020 GBP 400.00 GR X
Homes and Gardens and Living ETC photography in London, terms: all rights - FULL release of all material for them to use and resell WITHOUT a credit _Future 2021 GBP 800.00 GR X

^ 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
EPA (European Press Agency) day 2021 GBP 180.00

^ 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
Publication / Programme - details & terms Group Year currency Total paid GR
XXXX
Vice reporting event - web licence 2021 GBP 250.00 GR X
Third Sector organisation 1 day work, 4 x photoshoots - licensed for social media and other online; photographer retains copyright 2021 GBP 350.00

^ 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
European Climate Foundation Day shooting climate news stories - contracted for one year at three days a week 2021 GBP 275.00

^ 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
United Nations Taking a portrait in a cafe 2021 GBP 500.00

^ 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
Bristol Post and Bristol Live day (before they hired staff photographers and let the freelances go) _Assoc 2021 GBP 120.00
Hartlepool Mail job 4 hours - no expenses paid, not taxed at source, prod/exes £30 2020 GBP 70.00
Liverpool Post day _TMG 2021 GBP 125.00
Johnston Press local papers in Nort-East England weekend day _Johnsto 2021 GBP 100.00 XXX
Johnston Press local papers in Nort-East England 'half-day' shift _Johnsto 2021 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
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
Telegraph magazines subbing day (plus holiday pay) 2020 GBP 150.00 XX
Telegraph supplement chief sub, per day (plus holiday pay) 2020 GBP 160.00 XX

^ 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 Express subbing day _MGN 2021 GBP 147.00 X
Independent subbing day _Lebedev 2021 GBP 140.00 GR XX
The Times & Sunday Times sports desks subbing day, 8 hours with break _NI 2021 GBP 155.98
Bureau Local (Bureau of Investigative Journalism) court data collection/reporting day - Mileage at £0.45 per mile and car parking paid up to £15/day 2021 GBP 120.00

^ 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
International TV station 8 hours writing 2021 USD 75.00 XXXX

^ 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
Media tech training materials Day rate for writing training deck content - Work for hire _Google 2021 GBP 400.00 GR O
University 1/2 day every workday subbing mag copy and other stuff (approx 70 hours per month) 3000 Swiss Francs = 2021 GBP 2360.00 O

^ 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
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
Publication / Programme - details & terms Group Year currency Total paid GR
XXXX
Google Copywriting Google training content, per 1000 words _Google 2020 GBP 400.00

^ 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
Russian book publisher licensing Russian translation of a book on music - up to 2021 EUR 2000.00
Russian book publisher licensing Russian translation of a book on music - (not clear whether this involved sub-licensing photos etc) 2021 EUR 800.00

^ 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
Motley Fool Offered per article - and refused 2021 GBP 45.00 XXX
New York Herald Tribune Review Virginia Woolf records in September 1927 reviewing Ernest Hemingway, Men Without Women for £120 - in 2019 money 2020 GBP 7600.00 O
Project (Association for Project Management) a one-off last-minute commission when another writer proved unavailable - flat freelance rate with no expenses 2020 GBP 250.00 X
Studio International 2000-3000 word interview 2020 GBP 250.00 GR X
Sunday Times Magazine article on cave paintings in the Colombian Amazon - easily a week of work 2020 GBP 1000.00 O
Japanese magazine translation rights in 1988 Joni Mitchell feature - paid £500 to syndication agency - 2021 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
Independent Writing one obituary _Lebedev 2021 GBP 65.00 GR XXX
Sunday Times A Life In The Day full-page feature in colour supplement (weekly feature) _NI 2021 GBP 800.00

^ 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
Habtic Standard article, length unspecified 2021 EUR 625.00 O
HuffPost 3-4 edits took months and was a very dispiriting experience. Commissioned in February, paid in November? - 2021 GBP 101.00 XX
ICS-digital Business-to-Consumer articles and blogs each 2021 GBP 18.00 XXXX
Wired feature, 1200 words @ £400 - all rights _CondN 2021 GBP 333.00 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
Publication / Programme - details & terms Group Year currency Total paid GR
XXXX
BBC programme notes for the 6 Music Proms _BBC 2021 GBP 200.00
Music merchandising company offered for programme notes for arena tour - plus 5 per cent of merchandise sales! 2021 GBP 2000.00

^ 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
Aesthetica magazine 280-word exhibition review @ £20 = 2020 GBP 71.00 GR XXX
Africa Report 1500-word feature @ €400 - all rights 2021 EUR 267.00 GR
Art Monthly 750-word solo exhibition review @ £100 = 2020 GBP 133.00 XX
Art Monthly 1000-word group exhibition review 2020 GBP 125.00 GR XX
Art Monthly 2500-word feature @ £185 = 2020 GBP 74.00 GR XXX
Bloomberg Businessweek feature , terms - 1st NA serial, I retain copyright _Bloomb 2021 USD 2500.00 O
Bloomberg article , terms - 1st North America serial rights - author retains copyright _Bloomb 2021 USD 1250.00 O
Economist 400 words @ £500 - all rights 2021 GBP 1250.00 O
Empire  - writer retained copyright _Bauer 2021 GBP 350.00
Euromoney magazine Feature or news writing _Assoc 2021 GBP 500.00 GR O
Flash Art Magazine 350-word exhibition review @ €70 = 2020 EUR 200.00 X
Flash Art Magazine 500-word exhibition review @ €100 = 2020 EUR 200.00 X
Flash Art Magazine 650-word exhibition review @ €120 = 2020 EUR 185.00 X
i-D (offered on Twitter by an editor) 2021 GBP 200.00 GR
IPE Real Assets feature article with interviews - 2021 GBP 400.00
MAP magazine 800-word exhibition review @ £50 = 2020 GBP 62.50 GR XXX
Mojo and Q Re-use of features in Collectors Series _Bauer 2021 GBP 90.00 GR
Mojo and Q Re-use of features in Collectors Series - rate negotiated in 2010 _Bauer 2021 GBP 130.00
Rocking On License to reuse edit of feature first published 1988 - one use 2021 GBP 100.00
Self feature - 1200 words @ $500 = _CondN 2021 USD 417.00 O
Sight and Sound feature 2020 GBP 120.00 X
Spike Art Magazine 750-word interview @ £150 = 2020 GBP 200.00 X
Studio International 800-1000 word exhibition review up to 2020 GBP 219.00 GR X
The Art Newspaper 250-word news feature @ £100 = 2020 GBP 400.00
The Journalist story spiked, in spite of which editor reminded me to invoice - _TU 2020 GBP 314.00
Times Literary Supplement a page is normally £250 for 1500 words slashed without comment to £160 _NI 2021 GBP 107.00 XXXX
Times Literary Supplement 800-word exhibition review @ £75 = 2020 GBP 94.00 XX
Town and Country article, terms - 1st North America serial rights _Hearst 2021 USD 3000.00 O
Tribune 1000-word interview 2020 GBP 100.00 XXX
Vogue Business 800 words @ $250 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 USD 313.00
Wired UK Translation rights (Japanese edition) _CondN 2021 USD 65.00
Wired UK Feature 1200 words @ £400, negotiated up from £350 (to the surprise of the writer they paid another $78 for Japanese translation rights) _CondN 2021 GBP 333.00
Campaigning website 500 word article @ £50 = 2021 GBP 25.00 XXX
Trade union magazine 1500-word body with 2 x 200 word boxouts @ £480 = _TU 2021 GBP 253.00 O

^ 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 News feature 2021 USD 500.00 GR
Guardian features rate according to commissioning editor on Twitter (agreed rate is £310.68) _GMG 2021 GBP 310.00
i paper feature 2021 GBP 250.00
i paper Feature, 900 words @ £225 = 2021 GBP 250.00
i paper arts review, 400 words for paper and online @ £80 = - no expenses paid _Assoc 2021 GBP 200.00 GR X
i paper news or feature pieces, up to... _Assoc 2021 GBP 250.00 GR
Telegraph 900 words @ £500 - terms: all rights _BarcB 2021 GBP 555.00 GR O
Telegraph exclusive and breaking story about parallel lockdowns run by armed groups in the Colombian countryside - 5 days of research and verification - final article turned around in 24 hours after pitching - 600 words @ £120 = _BarcB 2020 GBP 200.00 XXXX
Times Writing one obituary _NI 2021 GBP 250.00 GR
BBC 2021 GBP 335.00

^ 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
Burlington Contemporary 1000-word exhibition review - 2020 GBP 50.00 XXXX
ChannelPro B2B trade press - feature article (2 interviews and a research report or similar minimum) 800 words @ £200 = - all rights _Dennis 2021 GBP 250.00
Google Copywriting Google training content _Google 2020 GBP 400.00
TheNewYorker.com feature , terms - 1st NA serial, I retain copyright _Advance 2021 USD 1550.00 GR O

^ 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
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