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

Updated: 2022-07-19

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
Dispatches (for Channel 4) assistant producer shift - per day 2022 GBP 180.00
BBC Radio 4, Broadcasting House programme illustrated radio news interview _BBC 2022 GBP 0.00 XXXX

^ 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 Arabic researching, programming, co-producing a TV show, per day _BBC 2022 GBP 120.00 XXX
Chiltern Open Air Museum (COAM) podcast 2022 GBP 500.00
Curio - audio-article startup podcast - reportedly a little room for more depending on experience 2021 GBP 300.00
Imperial War Museum oral history interview recording, 8 hours 2022 GBP 200.00 X
P&O Heritage Archive oral history interviewing and online audio production per day 2022 GBP 180.00 GR O
Rugby School Archives & Special Collections audio editing and production per day 2022 GBP 180.00 GR O

^ 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
BBC Three Counties Local Radio recorded radio news interview, 6 minutes + versioning, clips etc _BBC 2022 GBP 0.00 XXXX

^ 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
Quiet London travel guide photography of locations in london including securing permits and permissions to shoot - 1 day booking shoots and permits, two days of shooting, 1 day travel - provided unedited images - max 10 images selected for publication in the book, exepenses £100 2022 GBP 250.00 XXX

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

^ 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
Guardian via Rex Shutterstock agency use of stock photo of Sajid Javid MP; terms - 50% split with Rex Features which is now Shutterstock; they do not bother to pay until they owe you £50 2022 GBP 4.19 XXXX
Observer Large action Rugby Union Sports image from previous day via rex/Shutterstock, after they take their 50 per cent = 2022 GBP 2.08 XXXXX
Andaolu Agency full day photo shift 2022 GBP 200.00
Andaolu Agency (Turkey) half day photography 2022 GBP 225.00

^ 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
Tumi - music label press department Video coverage of press launch of new film, terms - FBS 2022 GBP 250.00 GR

^ 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
All Wales People First project management and photography at £15.62 per hour - fee given for work across three months including expenses - copyright of images shared with the project 2022 GBP 1904.00
EMWWAA (Ethnic Minority Welsh Women Achievement Association) book launch event coverage - non-exclusive use, online and print 2022 GBP 100.00 XXX
NEU (National Education Union) covering a picket line - 2 hours plus editing - non-exclusive use, online and print _TU 2022 GBP 300.00 O
Online programme showcasing US entrepreneurs supply of one photo - client paid before hi-res files released - licensed only for this online use, in perpetuity 2022 GBP 1000.00
RCN Wales (Royal College of Nursing) event photography - 2.5 hours - non-exclusive use, online and print _TU 2022 GBP 240.00
Welsh Labour council elections launch coverage of election manifesto launch 3.5 hrs - non-exclusive use, online and print 2022 GBP 250.00 GR X

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

^ 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
Publication / Programme - details & terms Group Year currency Total paid GR
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A music festival (Poland) onstage interview with musician, about 60 minutes 2022 EUR 300.00
A music festival (UK) onstage interview with musician, about an hour 2022 GBP 250.00
An arts event onstage interview with well known artist, 90 minutess plus chair Q+A - 2022 GBP 500.00

^ 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
Book publishers sensitivity reading an entire novel, according to Rosamund Urwin in the Times, from 2022 GBP 100.00 XXXX
Book publishers sensitivity reading an entire novel, according to Rosamund Urwin in the Times, up to 2022 GBP 500.00 XXX
Proofreading - recommended minima Copyediting per hour 2022 GBP 31.30
Proofreading - recommended minima Substantial editing, rewriting, development editing per hour 2022 GBP 36.00
Proofreading and editing - recommended minima basic proofreading - as if there were any basic jobs 2022 GBP 26.90

^ 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
Construction trade publication attending and reporting on virtual conference (3000w) + editing background info (5000w); per day 2022 GBP 330.00
Pre-School magazines (various licensed to well-known brands) design, layout and pre-press delivery of a 36-page pre-school magazine. - (self-employed via a third-party outsourcer) _Score 2022 GBP 1400.00

^ 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
Express.co.uk full-time work (40 hours pw) but as a casual, per day _MGN 2022 GBP 106.00 XXX
Financial News subbing 16 to 20 pages for a weekly paper, Wed to Fri _NI 2021 GBP 220.00
BBC Sunday Morning (Andrew Marr Show) social media producer (Twitter/BBC Politics website) - as long as it takes _BBC 2022 GBP 190.00 GR
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
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
Publication / Programme - details & terms Group Year currency Total paid GR
XXXX
Royal Horticultural Society adding content to a gardening app, per day up to 2022 GBP 120.00

^ 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
A mid-sized UK trade union day writing up annual conference in 2016 _TU 2021 GBP 300.00
Brokerage company temporary freelance PR contract, per day 2022 GBP 360.00
DMOL (what is this?) full day photography 2022 USD 300.00
Public Relations company writing press releases for electronics sector, per hour (£80 per release) 2022 GBP 40.00
UNHCR - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees 6 days conference work 2022 GBP 8000.00

^ 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
Belfast Telegraph reporting, writing, sourcing images, placing text and writing headlines on some occasions 2022 GBP 84.00 XX
Harrogate Advertiser writing business and property news 20 hrs a week (paid per hour) for 12 years 2022 GBP 11.84 XXXX
Yorkshire Post business news and features two days a week for nearly 8 years per day 2022 GBP 105.00 XXXX

^ 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
An American non-profit educational organisation 90-min Zoom session, talking, interviewing another guest, chairing Q&A 2021 USD 500.00
An American university One-hour Zoom teaching session as expert 2021 USD 100.00 X
An American university one hour Zoom teaching session as guest expert (negotiated up from $100 first offer) 2021 USD 150.00 X

^ 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
Penguin Books essay from a fanzine used in a book without author permission - negotiated up from £150 2022 GBP 250.00

^ 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
Building Products researching and writing an article about construction materials 2022 GBP 200.00 XXX
Chatelaine feature for Canadian magazine - CA$4000 = 2022 GBP 2473.00
Harpers Bazaar Virginia Woolf - last reported rate, for story Lappin and Lapinova - US$600 in 1939 = now approx. _CondN 2022 USD 12400.00
The Adelphi article in a former highbrow magazine about appearance and reality, by Joan Easdale, reported by Virginia Woolf; 5 guineas in 1937 = 2021 GBP 366.00
The Guardian (a magazine fot the clergy) Virginia Woolf, first published reviews - 2 pounds 7 shillings and 6 pence for three in 1905 = now, each 2022 GBP 102.00
The Quietus feature __misc 2021 GBP 100.00 GR X
The Rugby Paper 250-word on-the-whistle match report, national leagues 2021 GBP 25.00 XX
The Week Junior longer-form pieces in 2018, length unspecified 2022 GBP 200.00
An American online music magazine features, 2000 to 3000 words - One use for a while, then all-rights contract presented to writer and rejected 2021 USD 500.00 X
B2B (business-to-business) articles on pitching and writing - not taxed at source; individual article; no expenses involved 2022 GBP 600.00 GR
Unnamed magazine writing 580-1000 words - half page 2022 GBP 150.00

^ 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
Financial Times Round-up property article with sourcing of images _Nikkei 2021 GBP 250.00 O
Guardian commissioned blog post - rate in new NUJ House Agreement from 01/10/21 is same as 2012 _GMG 2021 GBP 90.00 HA XX
Independent obituaries _INM 2021 GBP 65.00 XXX
New European features, print and/or online, 1200-2000 words __misc 2021 GBP 225.00
Telegraph obituaries _BarcB 2021 GBP 175.00 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
Publication / Programme - details & terms Group Year currency Total paid GR
XXXX
Audio Culture New Zealand music encyclopaedia, one price per piece, whether brief or epic 2021 GBP 125.00
Bandcamp feature 2021 USD 400.00 GR
Insider 600-word article with 6 images, all rights 2022 GBP 300.00 XX
Please Kill Me (US punk culture webmag) features 1500 to 2500 words, fixed fee , demands outright ownership of articles 2021 USD 500.00 GR
Shfl review __misc 2021 USD 25.00 GR
BBC Worklife 1000 to 1400 words with minimum three interviews and unspecified revisions _BBC 2022 GBP 450.00 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
Record company artist biography for press release 2022 EUR 500.00
Record company press release involving interview 2022 EUR 300.00
Record company writing simple press release 2022 EUR 150.00

^ 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
Publication / Programme - details & terms Group Year currency Total paid GR
XXXX
DPG Netherlands newspaper titles minimum rate per hour agreed July 2022 for all writers - house agreement (Work Code) with NVJ, subject to vote of freelance membership 2022 EUR 30.00 HA

^ 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
ArtReview Asia cover feature including interview, 1200 words @ £420 (no expenses) = 2022 GBP 350.00 GR
ArtReview long book review 1200 words @ £420 = 2022 GBP 350.00 O
BBC History Magazine Feature, 2500 words @ £375 (all rights) = _Immed 2021 GBP 150.00
CoBo Social online arts magazine based in Hong Kong original reviews of 1000 +/- 100 words - (do not know what uses licensed) 2022 GBP 200.00 GR
Electric + Hybrid Rail Technology 1500 words @ £480 FBS = 2022 GBP 320.00 GR
Fortean Times 2500 words @ £175 = 2022 GBP 70.00 XXX
Fortean Times Forum article (2019), 2000 words @ £100 = _Dennis 2021 GBP 50.00
Harper's Bazaar short story by Virginia Woolf - 1500 words @ £200 in 1937, adjusted for inflation = _Hearst 2021 GBP 9300.00
History Today Online article (2018), 2000 words @ £75 = 2021 GBP 37.50 XXX
History Today Print article (2019) 2021 GBP 120.00 X
Jacobin 2000-word reported feature - First Serial Rights + Second Serial Rights with 50% royalties , @ €125 2022 EUR 62.50 XXX
Military Technology crisis rate - previously €200 - FBS 2021 EUR 150.00 GR
Military Technology reports for website from in-person industry events - web use - crisis rate - previously €200 2021 EUR 150.00 GR
North and South long features 2021 GBP 390.00 O
Songlines feature 2021 GBP 100.00 XX
Songlines review 2021 GBP 150.00 X
The Week Junior typically 700 words @ £175 = 2022 GBP 250.00 GR
The Week Junior basic news story, 400 words @ £140 = 2022 GBP 350.00
Vive Le Rock 2021 GBP 50.00 XXX
B2B retail sector researching, interviewing and writing article - 1800 words @ £200 = _DCT 2022 GBP 111.00
Motion Picture Editors Guild (USA) 1250-word feature @ $1250 2021 USD 1000.00

^ 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
Guardian USA features, according to Head of Narrative and Associate Editor Jessica Reed better 2022 USD 1000.00
Financial Times feature _Nikkei 2021 GBP 333.00
Guardian features _GMG 2021 GBP 320.00
Guardian NUJ House Agreement minimum rate from 01/10/21 - 5 per cent rise on 2012 rate _GMG 2021 GBP 326.21 HA
Guardian USA features, according to Head of Narrative and Associate Editor Jessica Reed from 2022 USD 600.00
i paper feature 2021 GBP 250.00
i paper Feature, 900 words @ £225 = 2021 GBP 250.00
New Zealand Herald Saturday Mag long features at 600 NZ dollars per thousand = approx 2021 GBP 300.00
South China Morning Post articles for the Design section, published in print and online - (do not know what uses licensed) HK$ 2500 = 2022 GBP 243.00 GR
Times Literary Supplement book review, 450 words @ £70 = _NI 2022 GBP 156.00 GR X
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
ICON feature (do not know what uses licensed) 2022 GBP 300.00 GR
RT (Russia Today) op-ed (up to 1200 words) 2022 GBP 150.00 XX

^ 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
Wellcome Collection Stories Online article 2021 GBP 400.00 O

^ 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
Record company Sleeve/liner note for album box set, 5000 words @ £1650 = 2022 GBP 330.00
Record company Set of 7 sleeve notes, 350 words each, so 2450 words @ £1050 = 2022 GBP 430.00
Record company - Sony Legacy Sleeve notes - 2004 - 1200 words @ $1000 = 2022 USD 833.00

^ 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

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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
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