[NUJ.LFB] NUJ Rate for the Job: Words, other / mags

Updated: 2018-10-14

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.

Words, other / mags

Work for which we have no rate-per-thousand-words, whose primary use is in a magazine.

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* Tell us what you've been paid for Words, other / mags * Freelance Fees Guide
Publication / Programme - details & terms Group Year currency Total paid GR
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Aesthetica 2000 word article (art/photography/film/architecture feature including interview) __misc 2016 GBP 95.00 GR XXX
After Nyne 600 words, offered and refused! 2016 GBP 6.00
Antique Doll Collector feature - US$350 = 2007 GBP 175.00 GR
BBC Good Food top 10 list feature, 600-700 words all rights _BBC 2014 GBP 150.00 GR
BBC Good Food top 10 list feature, 600-700 words all rights _BBC 2014 GBP 150.00 GR
Belvedere 750 words paid for with subscription to magazine for 1 year 2011 GBP 0.00 X
Boston Globe Magazine feature article First rights US$1200= _NYT 2006 GBP 631.00 X
British Medical Journal 1300-word feature - 2018 GBP 395.00
Canoe + Kayak ten 30-word blogs 2013 USD 500.00
Canoe + Kayak weekly blog entries on Ukrainian Kayak expedition 5 blog entries at 300-500 words each _Source 2013 USD 500.00
Classic and Sports Car 300 word article plus photographs FBS plus web _Bauer 2011 GBP 200.00
Classic Cars 800 word article and 6 photos one use only _Bauer 2012 GBP 375.00
Community Practitioner attend and write up a conference 2004 GBP 250.00
Computer Weekly (TechTarget Inc.) Top-performing bloggers - paid according to number of page views - per month __misc 2014 GBP 300.00
Computer Weekly (TechTarget Inc.) Top-performing bloggers - paid according to number of page views - per month __misc 2014 GBP 300.00
Computer Weekly (TechTarget Inc.) Top-performing bloggers - paid according to number of page views - per month __misc 2014 GBP 300.00
Condé Nast Traveller 200-word review _CondN 2016 GBP 100.00
Construction News 900 words + 200-word box , FBS + web _Economi 2009 GBP 247.00
Cosmopolitan opinion/comment piece of 1000 words plus photoshoot (whole evening in studio) , all rights _NatMag 2008 GBP 400.00 XX
Country Homes and Interiors feature _IPC 2005 GBP 500.00 O
Country Smallholding 2000 word article plus photos _ECN 2008 GBP 150.00 X
Cycling Active 1500 words plus pics, map, info boxes no terms discussed _IPC 2013 GBP 400.00
Dalesman (Country Publications) three short features 2600 words plus four photographs FBS 2013 GBP 290.00 GR
Design Week 200 words _Centaur 2012 GBP 60.00
DJ magazine album reviews of unspecified length member remarks "kinflints & didn't pay" 2016 GBP 20.00
Economist 650 words , all rights _Pearson 2010 GBP 400.00 O
Economist 650 word story one off payment, no expenses, not taxed at source _Pearson 2005 GBP 200.00
Economist online 4-500 word blog, range from £75 for thinkpiece to actual journalism at _Pearson 2012 GBP 250.00
Elle Decoration 350 word feature, plus 200 wd box, plus v detailed captions , terms all rights _Hach 2008 GBP 350.00
Elle Decoration interview plus brief bio - 300 words _Hach 2008 GBP 200.00
Empire 70 word dvd review _Bauer 2014 GBP 40.00
ENDS report (environmental news) collaborative writing, about 30,000 words _HM 2012 GBP 3000.00 O
English Language Gazette 900 words + photo 2017 GBP 160.00
English Teaching Professional (Pavilion) 1400 @ £80 = FBS 2014 GBP 57.00 XXXX
English Teaching Professional (Pavilion) 1400 @ £80 = FBS 2014 GBP 57.00 XXXX
EYE (Early Years Educator) (MA Education) 2012 GBP 250.00 GR
Fabulous Real Life piece - 2018 GBP 350.00
Fair Planet 100 lines + interactive 2016 GBP 100.00
Family Circle 1800 word feature all rights including waiving of moral rights _IPC 2005 GBP 550.00
Fest feature 2011 GBP 50.00
First Eleven feature with case studies FBS _Chelsea 2012 GBP 208.00 GR X
First Voice of Business feature, size unspecified, with picture research 2010 GBP 300.00
Fortean Times 1600 words + pics , prod/exes + pics fee yet to be negotiated rate is above new standard rates which have fallen even lower _Dennis 2016 GBP 100.00 XX
Fortean Times 3000 word feature + pics + (limited) exes, pics still to be negotiated, talked up even worse per word rate offered _Dennis 2014 GBP 225.00 XX
Fortean Times 3000 word feature + pics + (limited) exes, pics still to be negotiated, talked up even worse per word rate offered _Dennis 2014 GBP 225.00 XX
Fortean Times 1600 words + 2 pix _Dennis 2012 GBP 220.00 XXX
FourFourTwo feature global rights, no expenses _HM 2011 GBP 700.00
France 1500-word feature plus photos FBS _ECN 2013 GBP 300.00
Front magazine (Flip Media) feature with a fair degree of involvement/research 2008 GBP 500.00 GR
Glamour feature says "Rights" - all? _CondN 2014 GBP 700.00 O
Glamour feature says "Rights" - all? _CondN 2014 GBP 700.00 O
Glamour feature says "Rights" - all? _CondN 2014 GBP 700.00 O
Green Parent article (no pics demanded) 2015 GBP 75.00
History Today 400 word review 2011 GBP 75.00
Holiday Cottages/Villas 1000 words + photos FBS 2009 GBP 150.00 XX
Horse and Hound feature - anything between 1500 and 5000 words, up to _IPC 2013 GBP 400.00
Horse and Hound news story, up to _IPC 2013 GBP 100.00
in magazine 500-600 word features, wrote ten a month. 2010 GBP 35.00 XX
Interweave Knits 1500 word feature including a few pics (sourced from interviewees) would have better if the USD exchange rate was better 2016 USD 600.00
Kerrang! downpage 150-word album review _EMAP 2008 GBP 20.00 GR X
League paper / Non-League paper 10p per word if anything 2007 GBP 100.00 XXX
London Magazine (Premiere Publishing) feature (how long?) 1996 GBP 300.00
MacWorld per page _IDG 2008 GBP 100.00 GR XX
Marketing USA magazine 1600 words, pics, stats, research interviews 2016 USD 500.00 O
mbr (Mountain Bike Rider) per piece? All rights _IPC 2015 GBP 75.00
Metropolitan Restaurant review _Ink 2016 GBP 100.00
Micro Mart any piece (circa 600 words) no licence specified _TMG 2005 GBP 30.00 GR XXXX
Middle East Eye feature 2018 USD 350.00 GR
MMM features, words and pictures, per page (don't pay until published and have a lead time of two years) - job turned down! 2009 GBP 40.00 XXX
Mojo re-use of article from 2005 - _Bauer 2018 GBP 100.00
Mojo 160-word album review Bauer 'Tier 1' terms - author retains copyright, grants various 6- months licences _Bauer 2013 GBP 43.00
Mojo 45-word album review Bauer 'Tier 1' terms - author retains copyright, grants various 6- months licences _Bauer 2013 GBP 24.66
Mojo 160-word book review Bauer 'Tier 1' terms - author retains copyright, grants various 6- months licences _Bauer 2013 GBP 69.00
Mojo 500-word lead book review , terms as Q/Mojo freelance agreement _Bauer 2008 GBP 191.00 GR
Mojo DVD review 140 words , terms as Q/Mojo freelance agreement _Bauer 2008 GBP 43.00 GR
Mojo book review 160 words , terms as Q/Mojo freelance agreement _Bauer 2008 GBP 69.00 GR
Mosaic Science (Wellcome Trust) 5500 words @ £1800 for extensive formal fact-checking, interview transcripts required, a very lengthy process but one-to-one comprehensive editorial input with enthusiastic collaborative ethos. Issued under Creative Commons so artic 2017 GBP 327.00
New Internationalist unspecified wordcount plus photos 2017 GBP 400.00
New Internationalist 3500 words plus pictures + some unspecified secondary rights 2011 GBP 165.00
New Internationalist 300 words + 1 picture 2010 GBP 145.00
Newwave Magazine (Thames Water / Square One) 250-word feature 2004 GBP 250.00
North East Life feature plus 6 photos FBS plus internet _ECN 2013 GBP 105.00 GR
Notebook Celebrity Q+A - 2018 GBP 250.00
Oasis 4 articles for £400 = 2012 GBP 100.00 XX
Oasis (Saudi art magazine) 2 x 700-word articles 2011 GBP 200.00 XX
PC Gamer single page licensed for 6 months international/web use _Future 2013 GBP 70.00 GR
People two-page spread US$2500 = _AOLTW 2003 GBP 1600.00
Planet Rock 170-word album review _Bauer 2017 GBP 40.00
Plastic Electronics 2000-word feature , FBS, telephone exes paid 2008 GBP 500.00
Practical Boat Owner 2 pages 2000 words + several pics absolutely the entirety/every kind or description/now or hereafter/anywhere in the world/uncondtionally & irrevocably waive yr rights under sects 77 & 80 under Copyright & Patents Act 1988 _IPC 2012 GBP 200.00 X
Practical Classics 1000 word article plus photographs FBS plus web _EMAP 2011 GBP 300.00
Practical Motorhome features per page, words and pictures, first world rights _HM 2009 GBP 100.00 XX
Press Gazette blog column _Progres 2013 GBP 50.00
Preview 1500w feature with pics - for trade mag _Brown 2005 GBP 300.00
Private Eye 400 words 2012 GBP 100.00
Private Eye 400 words 2012 GBP 100.00
Private Eye batch of three stories 2001 GBP 300.00
Pro Sound News Europe preparation of 1500-word convention report all rights, no expenses _Intent 2017 GBP 300.00 GR
Pro Sound News Europe preparation of 300-word feature profile all rights, no expenses _Intent 2017 GBP 75.00 XX
Pro Sound News Europe preparation of 500-word feature profile; all rights, no expenses _Intent 2017 GBP 100.00 GR
Public Health News attend and write up a conference 2004 GBP 250.00
Quietus lead review (album) 2015 GBP 50.00
Reach 750-word and pictures package FBS _PA 2006 GBP 250.00
Reader's Digest news feature (length unspecified) _Vivat 2018 GBP 450.00
Real Travel 2500-word feature plus photos: invoice sent in February, work published months ago, not paid by September 2010 GBP 300.00 XXX
Real Travel 2000 words + 10 pictures 2010 GBP 300.00
Real Real Opinion (celebrity interviews) _Bauer 2003 GBP 750.00 GR O
Right Start (Needmarsh Publishing) feature with case studies FBS 2012 GBP 250.00 GR X
Rock Hub UK album review of unspecified length 2016 GBP 20.00 XXX
Runners Fitness 1500 words and providing photos FBSR + online use, no expenses 2011 GBP 200.00 X
Scarlet (Helix media) feature - per page paid 30 days after publishing 2007 GBP 50.00 XXX
Sci Fi Now Interview FBS _Future 2009 GBP 120.00 Y
Scottish Cycling 600 words and photo 2013 GBP 100.00 X
Self Build & Design FBS 2011 GBP 250.00
Self Build and Design article FBSR 2004 GBP 550.00 O
SHINDIG! (Silverback Publishing) ten-entry listicle & intro, 1100 words overall, suggested might lead to "the odd £50" in future - refused! 2015 GBP 0.00 GR XXXX
Skin Deep submitted an article around 1500 words 2014 GBP 150.00
Skin Deep submitted an article around 1500 words 2014 GBP 150.00
Skin Deep submitted an article around 1500 words 2014 GBP 150.00
Songlines short album review (for terms see website - then negotiate!) 2009 GBP 20.00 GR X
Spin 225-word album review 2008 USD 450.00 O
Spin 80-90-word album review 2008 USD 180.00 O
Sport Diver 4 page with photos FBS _ECN 2007 GBP 200.00 GR XX
Square Mile (Square Up Media) feature article (word count unspecified i.e 1500 - 2000) FBS, no expenses, not taxed at source 2008 GBP 300.00 X
Square Mile (Square Up Media) feature (unspecified word count) including an interview FBS, no expenses, not taxed at source 2008 GBP 400.00 X
Square Mile (Square Up Media) feature (unlimited word count) with interview and photographs FBS, no expenses, pay 30 days after publication of magazine NOT after submission 2008 GBP 500.00 X
Studio International interview / video review 2014 GBP 250.00
Take a Break Real Life page - _Bauer 2018 GBP 350.00
Take a Break Real Life double-page spread - _Bauer 2018 GBP 700.00
The Atlantic reportage 2017 USD 250.00 XX
The Biz (pharma company in-house mag) half-page feature/news shorts (about 100 words) 2008 GBP 100.00 GR
The Business column, online it says FBS 2008 GBP 200.00 GR
The Countryman 1200-word feature plus £15 per quarter-page pic licensed for one-off magazine use _Cream 2013 GBP 75.00 GR X
The Criminal Lawyer articles up to 3000 words on the latest criminal law issues in the UK all rights - sold on to Westlaw and Lawtel legal databases _Tottel 2008 GBP 90.00 GR XXXX
The List (Edinburgh and Glasgow) 100-word reviews 2010 GBP 5.00 XXX
The Quietus a Quietus Interview 2016 GBP 50.00 XX
The Tablet feature FBS 2009 GBP 200.00
The Trade News article, 500 words-ish 2014 GBP 130.00
The Trade News article, 500 words-ish 2014 GBP 130.00
The Universe 1000 word centre-spread feature + three photos _Gabriel 2008 GBP 100.00 X
The Wire 600-word review 2015 GBP 42.00
The Word short album review _DH 2009 GBP 40.00
The Word Full page lead album review _DH 2009 GBP 150.00
The Word 150-word album reviews (but covering 2 albums) 2008 GBP 60.00
The Word 150-word album review 2008 GBP 40.00 GR
Times Education Supplement 500-word back column _TSL 2008 GBP 300.00 O
Times Educational Supplement per weekly columnette _NI 1998 GBP 85.00
Toplum Postasi (Turkish local paper) per day 1998 GBP 25.00 ??
TRVL 3000-word feature for online/ipad magazine 2013 EUR 500.00 X
Uncut Ultimate Music Guide flat fee for reuse of feature originally printed in another IPC publication _IPC 2013 GBP 500.00
Uncut Ultimate Music Guide reuse of two-part feature originally published in Uncut mag _IPC 2013 GBP 750.00
Us Magazine (Profile Pursuits PMG worldwide Toys R Us in house - celebrity feature not taxed, pay 30 days from publication, no expenses 2003 GBP 400.00
Vice UK investigative news story 2018 GBP 250.00
Walk (Ramblers' Association) day on location with snapper +1800 words FBS 2013 GBP 600.00 GR
Which? news article with two case studies - initially 350 which became 400 all rights 2008 GBP 165.00
World of Interiors Feature + long captions _CondN 2011 GBP 500.00 XX
World Travel Guide 850-word exclusive plus one photo, online demand acceptance of all liability! 2010 GBP 195.00 XX
Zest double-page feature _NatMag 2006 GBP 400.00
Business magazine Infringement settlement for unauthorised web use , terms original FBS fee + 100 per cent 1st month, 50 per cent each month thereafter 2008 GBP 1266.00 O
European onboard airline magazine 700 words plus original photos 2012 EUR 250.00
Sporting magazine features (Schedule D taxed - at source) _Future 2014 GBP 400.00 GR
Unnamed small trade publication 400-word investigative story   2015 GBP 100.00
 
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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