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

Rates archived as at 2018-05-20

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 newspapers, that was 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. The 'extras' column is irrelevant for subbing shifts.)

* These are archived rates. The current 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
Daily Express subbing day _UM 1997 GBP 100 X
Daily Mail subbing day _Assoc 1995 GBP 93
Daily Mail reporting day _Assoc 1996 GBP 250
Daily Mail subbing day _Assoc 2002 GBP 100 XX
Daily Mail subbing day _Assoc 1993 GBP 95
Daily Mail subbing day _Assoc 1993 GBP 93
Daily Mail subbing 6h _Assoc 1992 GBP 96
Daily Mail subbing 8h shift _Assoc 1992 GBP 120
Daily Mail sports desk shift _Assoc 2002 GBP 100 X
Daily Mirror subbing day _TMG 2002 GBP 80 XXX
Daily Telegraph City pages _Holl 1997 GBP 85 X
Daily Telegraph subbing day _Holl 2002 GBP 125
Electronic Telegraph features subbing shift _Holl 2003 GBP 100 XX
Electronic Telegraph training shift _Holl 2003 GBP 25 XXXX
Evening Standard news reporting _Assoc 1995 GBP 85 X
Evening Standard subbing day _Assoc 1995 GBP 90
Evening Standard subbing day (trying it on) _Assoc 1995 GBP 80 XX
Evening Standard subbing 7am-4pm _Assoc 1994 GBP 110
Evening Standard Features subbing 8 hrs _Assoc 2002 GBP 130
Evening Standard Hot Tickets subbing day _Assoc 1998 GBP 110
Financial Times subbing day _Pearson 1995 GBP 100
FT.com subbing day _Pearson 2001 GBP 130
Guardian (reporting?) _GMG 1997 GBP 300
Guardian subbing day, "OK, but under threat" _GMG 2007 GBP 160.4
Guardian subbing day _GMG 2007 GBP 160.4 GR
Guardian reporting day _GMG 2006 GBP 155.73 GR
Guardian subbing day _GMG 1995 GBP 139
Guardian subbing Saturday _GMG 2010 GBP 170 O
Guardian Education Supplement, subbing day _GMG 1994 GBP 112
Guardian _GMG 1998 GBP 117
Guardian reporting day _GMG 1998 GBP 150
Guardian subbing day _GMG 2006 GBP 152
Guardian per day interviewing film stars _GMG 2000 GBP 100 X
Guardian 4.5 hours per week, per year _GMG 1999 GBP 4475
Guardian editorial _GMG 1999 GBP 125
Guardian print/online 'pod' 7-hour subbing shift (ecluding hour for lunch) inludes uploading material to website plus holiday pay _GMG 2009 GBP 174.99
Guardian subbing day _GMG 2009 GBP 174.99 GR
Guardian Guide subbing day _GMG 2006 GBP 137.5 X
Guardian 8hr Saturday reporting shift _GMG 2008 GBP 160.4
Guardian subbing day _GMG 1994 GBP 110
Guardian subbing day _GMG 1994 GBP 118
Guardian web subbing day _GMG 2011 GBP 130.92 X
Guardian subbing day - 2006 agreement rate _GMG 2006 GBP 155 HA
Guardian day rate minimum _GMG 2001 GBP 138.85 HA
Guardian subbing day (from April 1) _GMG 1993 GBP 106.43
Guardian subbing day _GMG 1993 GBP 120
Independent on Sunday subbing the Review mag _INM 1994 GBP 150
Independent on Sunday research day _INM 1994 GBP 125
Independent on Sunday Reporting shift on Millennium News Years Eve evening - having been promised 'we'll take care of you' _INM 2000 GBP 120 XXXX
Independent 8 hours' news subbing incl hour for lunch _INM 2002 GBP 110 X
Independent 6.5 hours sports subbing _INM 2002 GBP 100 X
Independent sports desk shift _INM 2002 GBP 100 O
Independent subbing 6.5 hours _INM 2002 GBP 105 X
Independent subbing day _INM 1994 GBP 93.62
Independent Subbing day _INM 1998 GBP 93.24 X
Independent subbing day _INM 1996 GBP 125
Independent news day _INM 1995 GBP 94.25
Independent reporting day _INM 1999 GBP 100 X
Independent subbing day _INM 2006 GBP 110 XX
Independent subbing home and foreign news, 8hrs _INM 2002 GBP 110 X
Independent magazines layout per page?! _INM 1998 GBP 35 ?
Mail on Sunday subbing day _Assoc 1999 GBP 120 X
Mail on Sunday subbing 6h _Assoc 1992 GBP 135
Mail on Sunday _Assoc 1999 GBP 120
Mail on Sunday _Assoc 2000 GBP 120
Mail on Sunday 8 hours _Assoc 1998 GBP 118
Mail on Sunday subbing day _Assoc 1996 GBP 140
News Letter (Belfast) subbing day 1992 GBP 45
News of the World reporting Saturday (taxed at source, emergency rate) _NI 1998 GBP 139
News of the World subbing 8hr shift _NI 1994 GBP 130
News of the World 5-days unwritten 'contract' _NI 1998 GBP 500
News of the World subbing 6am-7pm _NI 1997 GBP 225 X
News of the World reporting Saturday Manchester _NI 1998 GBP 110
News of the World reporting Saturday double shift _NI 1998 GBP 278
News of the World reporting week day _NI 1998 GBP 123
Observer subbing news (6h) _GMG 1995 GBP 120
Observer sport subbing 'trainee' 5.5hrs _GMG 1999 GBP 65
Sun news, 8hr shift _NI 1994 GBP 93.5
Sun features, 6hr shift _NI 1994 GBP 95
Sunday Mirror (Sat) reporting _TMG 1992 GBP 100
Sunday Telegraph subbing/news _Holl 1996 GBP 120
Sunday Telegraph subbing _Holl 1997 GBP 100 X
Sunday Times news day _NI 2000 GBP 120
Sunday Times (Saturday shift) 8h (taxed at source) _NI 1992 GBP 138.24
Times (taxed at source) _NI 1992 GBP 104.5
Times subbing day _NI 1993 GBP 85
Times Weekend Subbing day _NI 1998 GBP 120
Today features, 5hr shift 1994 GBP 80
Agence France-Presse subbing day 1999 GBP 80 X
BBC Ceefax subbing per hour - no change since 1997 _BBC 2002 GBP 14
BBC Ceefax BBC London subbing shift, per hour, taxi for nights _BBC 2002 GBP 12 X
BBC Ceefax TV Centre subbing shift, per hour, taxi for nights _BBC 2002 GBP 14 X
BBC Ceefax subbing per hour _BBC 2002 GBP 14
BBC Ceefax subbing @ BBC London, per hour _BBC 2002 GBP 12 X
BBC Ceefax subbing @ TV centre, per hour _BBC 2002 GBP 14 X
BBC News Online writing and editing news web pages, 8-hour shift _BBC 2002 GBP 125
BBC News Online online and Ceefax reporting/editing shift _BBC 2006 GBP 130
Guardian Unlimited website subbing day - note newspaper pays £160.40 _GMG 2007 GBP 145 X
INS News Agency reporting day 1998 GBP 50 XX
Mediaguardian.co.uk day subbing Media Guardian website _GMG 2007 GBP 138.18 GR
National News agency reporting day 1992 GBP 40 XXX
National News agency double shift! 1992 GBP 80 XXX
News Ltd (Australia) subbing day _NI 1996 GBP 100 X
Press Association subbing day _PA 1995 GBP 89.6
Teletext subbing 8hrs _Assoc 2002 GBP 110
Teletext 4 hours over Jubilee - day rate _Assoc 2002 GBP 100
Times Supplement subbing day _NI 1993 GBP 103.1
UPI wires subbing day 1993 GBP 65 XX
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

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