[NUJ.LFB] NUJ Rate for the Job: Shifts / news

Updated: 2018-09-21

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.

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.

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* Tell us what you've been paid for Shifts / news * Freelance Fees Guide
Publication / Programme - details & terms Group Year currency Total paid GR
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Asahi Shimbun research half day 2012 GBP 100.00
Asahi Shimbun research day 2012 GBP 200.00
Daily Mail Picture editing day _Assoc 2018 GBP 180.00 GR
Daily Mail reporting day on diary column taxed at source _Assoc 2017 GBP 150.00 XX
Daily Mail picture editing day self-billing and PAYE _Assoc 2016 GBP 150.00 GR
Daily Mail 6-hour subbing day _Assoc 2015 GBP 130.00 X
Daily Mail subbing day (6 hours) _Assoc 2014 GBP 130.00 XX
Daily Mail subbing day (6 hours) _Assoc 2014 GBP 130.00 XX
Daily Mail research (specialised financial) per day _Assoc 2004 GBP 700.00 O
Daily Mail foreign reporting half day _Assoc 2003 GBP 150.00
Daily Mail foreign reporting day _Assoc 2003 GBP 250.00
Daily Mail online reporting day: all expenses for out of town jobs paid including subsistence and travel _Metro 2014 GBP 400.00 GR
Daily Mail online reporting day: all expenses for out of town jobs paid including subsistence and travel _Metro 2014 GBP 400.00 GR
Daily Mirror Subbing day (7 hours) _TMG 2018 GBP 168.00 GR
Daily Mirror 9am to 5pm Sunday reporting day _TMG 2015 GBP 185.00 GR
Daily Star subbing day (10am to 6pm weekday / 9am to 5pm weekend) _NS 2015 GBP 118.00 GR XXX
Daily Star online online reporting day - sourcing, writing and publishing stories and photos; typical 9am to 5pm weekend shift but staffer shifts are rota'd 7am to 3pm or 3pm to 11pm on weekdays and 9am to 5pm or 3pm to 11pm at weekends _NS 2015 GBP 118.00 GR XXX
Daily Telegraph Picture editing day _BarcB 2018 GBP 150.00 GR
Evening Herald (Ireland) subbing, 7:30am to 2:30pm taxed at source _INM 2006 EUR 236.00 HA O
Evening Standard sports subbing day 7am to 4pm (one hour for lunch) - _Lebedev 2018 GBP 130.00 GR
Evening Standard video editing shift _Lebedev 2017 GBP 90.00 GR XXXX
Evening Standard Video editing day - 9 hours, 10:30am-19:30pm _Lebedev 2017 GBP 90.00 GR XXX
Express subbing day _NS 2009 GBP 138.00 X
Express Group Newspaper unspecified day _NS 2011 GBP 135.00
Express newspapers subbing day (six at Broughton) _NS 2013 GBP 128.00 X
Financial Times Picture editing day 2018 GBP 139.00 GR XX
Financial Times subbing day, 11am-7pm _Nikkei 2016 GBP 155.00
Financial Times 7-hour subbing day _Nikkei 2015 GBP 160.00 O
Financial Times 8-hour subbing day _Nikkei 2015 GBP 130.00 X
Gizmodo reporting day (offer refused) _Future 2017 GBP 80.00 XXX
Guardian Picture editing day _GMG 2018 GBP 160.00 GR
Guardian casual shift (subbing?) _GMG 2016 GBP 120.00 X
Guardian subbing day (7h) _GMG 2015 GBP 185.00
Guardian subbing day, 7 hours _GMG 2013 GBP 180.00 HA
Guardian IPad uploader 6-hour day _GMG 2013 GBP 72.13
Guardian subbing day (house agreement: 11.7% paid time off, on top) _GMG 2012 GBP 180.24 HA
Guardian edit special, day _GMG 2005 GBP 250.00
Guardian i-Pad desk _GMG 2014 GBP 100.00
Guardian i-Pad desk _GMG 2014 GBP 100.00
Guardian Labs (advertorial) Picture editing day up to _GMG 2018 GBP 210.00 GR
Guardian online Online batch tagging day - 7 hours _GMG 2014 GBP 100.00 XXX
Guardian online video editing day _GMG 2013 GBP 225.00 X
Herald (Glasgow) subbing day _NQ 2013 GBP 115.00
Hurriyet (Turkish daily) gathering news and photos per week (OK rate for Turkey) 2007 GBP 200.00
i newspaper Picture editing day _Johnsto 2018 GBP 150.00 GR
i newspaper Subbing shift 14.15 to 21.30 _Johnsto 2017 GBP 140.00 GR
i newspaper editing day - 8 hours _Johnsto 2016 GBP 150.00
Independent on Sunday Review subbing, writing and commissioning day PAYE, all rights taken _INM 2006 GBP 135.00 GR X
Independent on Sunday reporter day/night reporter _Lebedev 2010 GBP 145.00 GR
Independent on Sunday Review mag subbing day _INM 2006 GBP 133.25
Independent Picture editing day _Lebedev 2018 GBP 150.00 GR
Independent online reporting day _Lebedev 2015 GBP 85.00 XXXX
Independent subbing day _INM 2008 GBP 130.00
Independent 8 hour reporting shift day/night taxed at source, taxi fare home after night shift _INM 2008 GBP 138.00
International Business Times (IBT media) news day 2016 GBP 150.00
International Business Times IBtimes.co.uk subbing day - 7 hrs 2014 GBP 120.00 X
International Business Times IBtimes.co.uk subbing day - 7 hrs 2014 GBP 120.00 X
Investors Chronicle 7-hour subbing day _Nikkei 2015 GBP 160.00
Irish Daily Mail subbing day _Assoc 2013 EUR 180.00
Irish Daily Mail reporting day _Assoc 2013 EUR 160.00
Irish Daily Mail half day court reporting First Irish Serial rights + web _Assoc 2013 EUR 80.00 GR
Irish Examiner Full day shift _Crosbie 2007 EUR 114.28 HA X
Irish Post (Loot Ltd) subbing day, 9 hours Monday, gross rate 2014 GBP 135.00 GR
Irish Post (Loot Ltd) subbing day, 8 hours Tuesday to Friday, gross rate _VNU 2014 GBP 120.00 GR XX
Irish Times day news shift _ITtrust 2007 EUR 280.00
Mail on Sunday reporting day _Assoc 2014 GBP 100.00 XX^7
Mail on Sunday reporting day _Assoc 2003 GBP 200.00
Mail Online subbing/writing day 8 hours _Assoc 2017 GBP 120.00 GR XXX
Mail Online subbing day, 9 hours, including night shifts _Assoc 2015 GBP 100.00 GR XXXX
Metro subbing day (9 hours with one-hour lunch) _Assoc 2017 GBP 100.00 XXXX
Metro subbing day (9 hours with one-hour lunch) _Assoc 2017 GBP 100.00 XXXX
Metro reporting day _Assoc 2011 GBP 120.00 GR XX
Metro reporting day _Assoc 2011 GBP 120.00 GR XX
Metro Dublin office reporting shift _Assoc 2005 EUR 160.00
Metro 8 hour day shift - feature writing, reviewing, sourcing and captioning photographs taxed at source, all reproduction rights across metro editions and online use _Assoc 2004 GBP 60.00 GR XXXX
Mirror subbing day, 7 hours Monday to Friday, gross rate (but pay taxed at source) _TMG 2014 GBP 157.27 GR
Mirror subbing day, 7 hours Sunday, gross rate (but pay taxed at source) _TMG 2014 GBP 188.68 GR
Mirror news reporting day - Sunday _TMG 2012 GBP 150.00
Mirror online subbing day, 8 hours - worrying! taxed at source _TMG 2015 GBP 100.00 GR XXXX
Morning Star subbing day 2010 GBP 45.00 GR X
News Letter N Ireland reporting day _Johnsto 2013 GBP 74.00 XX
News Letter, Belfast subbing, reporting shift _TMG 2001 GBP 55.00 GR X
News of the World subbing double shift Saturday (10am-8.30pm) hot/buffet lunch provided gratis _NI 2006 GBP 329.80 O
News of the World subbing double shift Friday (10.30am-9pm) one and a half hours for lunch _NI 2006 GBP 271.70
News of the World subbing single shifts (Tuesday-Thursday) _NI 2006 GBP 145.85
Observer magazine subbing day (7 hrs) taxed at source _GMG 2017 GBP 190.00
Observer subbing day, 8 hours _GMG 2013 GBP 229.00
Observer subbing day, 7 hours _GMG 2013 GBP 205.00
Presseurop subbing day 2013 EUR 133.00
Radio Times subbing day _Immed 2017 GBP 120.00 XXX
Scotland on Sunday subbing 10am to 6pm with an hour's break _Johnsto 2008 GBP 105.00 GR X
Scotsman subbing shift 4pm to midnight with one hour's break _Johnsto 2006 GBP 95.00 X
Scotsman sports subbing shift 4.30pm to 11.30pm with 1/2hr break _Johnsto 2006 GBP 95.00 X
Scotsman reporting shift, 11am-7pm _BarcB 2005 GBP 80.00 X
Scottish Daily Mail drawing pages and retouching photos _Assoc 2008 GBP 70.00 XXX
Sun subbing day not taxed at source _NI 2017 GBP 165.00
Sun subbing day - 8 hours per night _NI 2016 GBP 120.00 XXX
Sun six-hour news feature subbing shift _NI 2014 GBP 155.70 O
Sun Sun Online subbing day _NI 2008 GBP 130.00 GR
Sun subbing day taxed at source _NI 2006 GBP 162.40
Sunday Express night reporting shift _NS 2008 GBP 160.00
Sunday Express Saturday reporting day _NS 2008 GBP 147.00
Sunday Express graveyard subbing shift _NS 2008 GBP 160.00
Sunday Herald weekday subbing _NQ 2009 GBP 93.00
Sunday Herald news subbing Saturday _NQ 2009 GBP 112.75 GR
Sunday Herald subbing (weekday), 10am-6pm, 1hr break _NQ 2009 GBP 95.00 GR XXX
Sunday Herald subbing (Saturday), 11am-7pm/1.30pm-9.30pm/5pm-1am, 1hr break _NQ 2009 GBP 95.00 GR XXX
Sunday Mirror reporting day _TMG 2011 GBP 150.00
Sunday Mirror 8hr Saturday reporting day _TMG 2008 GBP 150.00
Sunday People reporting day _TMG 2009 GBP 150.00
Sunday Telegraph reporting day _BarcB 2006 GBP 130.00 X
Sunday Times Picture editing day _NI 2018 GBP 150.00 GR
Sunday Times Subbing day (7 hours) _NI 2018 GBP 176.40 GR
Sunday Times 5pm to 2am night reporting shift , prod/exes 20 £20 taxi allowance bumps claimed shift rate up to... £200 _NI 2015 GBP 180.00 GR O
Sunday Times subbing day "but they are paying new staff less" _NI 2014 GBP 176.93
Sunday Times subbing day "but they are paying new staff less" _NI 2014 GBP 176.93
Sunday Times subbing day - rate unchanged for 6 years _NI 2013 GBP 176.60
Sunday Times subbing day for print or revise-editing for website, 8 hours _NI 2013 GBP 174.60 GR
Sunday Times print subbing on regional or national desk; expenses up to £15 for taxis if working in small hours _NI 2012 GBP 174.40
Sunday Times overnight reporting ('day') _NI 2011 GBP 200.00
Sunday Times subbing shift, national desk, basic, per hour _NI 2007 GBP 20.45 GR
Sunday Times two-week investigation _NI 2006 GBP 2500.00 O
Sunday Times subbing day _NI 2006 GBP 159.75 GR O
Sunday Times subbing day _NI 2006 GBP 156.00
Sunday Times reporting day _NI 2001 GBP 400.00 O
Sunday Times leisure supplements subbing day _NI 2013 GBP 176.93 X
Sunday Times supplements subbing day (plus holiday pay) _NI 2012 GBP 144.00 X
Telegraph subbing day, 8 hours _BarcB 2017 GBP 150.00 X
Telegraph subbing day (8h) _BarcB 2015 GBP 135.00
Telegraph sports desk subbing shift - Boxing Day and New Year's Day - no extra on normal rate! _BarcB 2008 GBP 139.05 GR XX
Telegraph supplements subbing day (7hrs) paid time off on top _BarcB 2017 GBP 150.00
The Independent website news shift _INM 2016 GBP 150.00
The Independent website news day _INM 2016 GBP 95.00 XXX
The Mirror - special projects subbing, writing day 2016 GBP 165.00 O
The People 8hr Saturday reporting shift _TMG 2008 GBP 100.00 XXXX
The Scotsman subbing (news) 5pm-1am, one hour break _Johnsto 2009 GBP 95.00 GR XXX
The Times subbing day _NI 2015 GBP 150.00
Times Picture editing day _NI 2018 GBP 145.00 GR X
Times subbing day - _NI 2018 GBP 156.00
Times subbing day _NI 2014 GBP 175.00
Times subbing day _NI 2014 GBP 175.00
Times subbing night-shift for print, web and tablets combined - 7 hours 45 mins 1 hour break finishing after midnight; includes £15 supplement over similar-length day shift _NI 2013 GBP 170.00 GR
Times subbing day for print, web and tablets combined _NI 2013 GBP 155.97
Times Helmand (Afghanistan) embed with armed forces, 10 days, plus exes _NI 2012 GBP 2000.00
Times subbing for iPad/tablets, sxpenses up to 15 for taxis if working in small hours _NI 2012 GBP 155.97
Times sport subbing day - 6 hrs 15 mins with a break _NI 2009 GBP 125.78 GR
Times cricket reporting day (+ measly 27p per mile) _NI 2008 GBP 130.00
Times features subbing day plus holiday pay when accrued _NI 2006 GBP 140.82 GR
Times picture research day _NI 2005 GBP 127.00
Times Online reporting day _NI 2007 GBP 130.00 GR X
Times Saturday Magazine subbing day - agreed by staff association, incremental annual rise due but 'long since run out' _NI 2013 GBP 155.97
Associated Press long production day - 11 hours _AP 2015 GBP 242.00
BBC web producer day _BBC 2008 GBP 250.00
BBC Five Live "phone hit" _BBC 2016 GBP 150.00
BBC News Picture editing day _BBC 2018 GBP 165.00 GR
BBC News website reporting day _BBC 2016 GBP 192.00 X
BBC News website subbing or reporting day (10 hours) _BBC 2016 GBP 204.00 X
BBC News website reporting day _BBC 2016 GBP 192.00 X
BBC online reporting shift (overnight) _BBC 2007 GBP 205.00
BBC online reporting shift _BBC 2007 GBP 151.00
BBC Panorama day video research web licence _BBC 2007 GBP 75.10 XXX
BBC Radio day (unspecified task) _BBC 2016 GBP 150.00
BBC radio newsroom news writing day (10 hours) - says here £30 holiday pay - _BBC 2012 GBP 180.00
BBC Radio Newsroom - R2, R3, R4, 6Music news writing day _BBC 2013 GBP 217.00 GR
BBC website subbing day _BBC 2007 GBP 140.00
BBC World Service/Radio 4 unspecified day _BBC 2010 GBP 185.00
Central News Covering court and other legal hearings in London, per day, typically 9.30am to about 5.30pm. No expenses 2011 GBP 60.00 GR XXXX
Channel 4 News online news shift (8-9 hrs) _C4 2007 GBP 145.00
Channel 4 News website subbing shift _ITN 2005 GBP 140.00
Channel 4 news online Writing/reporting shift _C4 2006 GBP 155.00
CNN.com Writing day 2013 GBP 180.00 GR
France 24 channel "skype hit" 2016 GBP 100.00
IBtimes.co.uk (The International Business Times Inc) subbing day 2013 GBP 125.00 X
ITN News producer / director day _ITN 2010 GBP 322.00
ITV archive and picture research day , terms - depending on the shift, from £140 to _ITV 2018 GBP 250.00 GR
metro.co.uk Lifestyle reporting day, 9 hour shift, one hour lunch _Metro 2017 GBP 100.00 GR XXX
MSN news (online) 8-hour subbing day 2015 GBP 170.00
National newspaper 8-hour subbing day 2009 GBP 180.00
News UK Bridge Studio (advertorial / branded content) Subbing day (7 hours) _NI 2018 GBP 179.00 GR
PA Sport saturday subbing and layout shift 6 hours _PA 2008 GBP 85.00 XXXX
Radio 2 website subbing day, 7 hours _BBC 2016 GBP 40.00 XXXX
Reuters reporting day _Reuter 2011 GBP 217.00
Reuters online editing shift _Reuter 2009 GBP 220.00 O
Reuters web editing/writing day shift - same rate as 2007 _Reuter 2008 GBP 145.00 GR
Reuters Alertnet writing day, and editing on content management system _Reuter 2007 GBP 145.00 X
RTE News 8 hour reporting day _RTE 2013 EUR 150.00 GR
RTE online/teletext shift _RTE 2006 EUR 140.08 GR
Sky News 10-hour producer day _BSkyB 2013 GBP 210.00 GR
Sky News Online writing, 10 hr day _BSkyB 2009 GBP 150.00 X
Time Inc 7-hour subbing day _AOLTW 2015 GBP 130.00
Time Inc 7-hour subbing day _AOLTW 2015 GBP 100.00 XXX
Undisclosed client Data Journalist - day _TMG 2014 GBP 275.00 O
Undisclosed client Data Journalist - day _TMG 2014 GBP 275.00 O
 
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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