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

Rates archived as at 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.

Words, other / mags

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

* These are archived rates. The current 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
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A Place in the Sun illustrated feature over 6 sides, 2500 words and 10 photos (1 used as double page spread) FBS specified by author _Brookl 2004 GBP 600.00
AA Travel 40 150-word reviews 2003 GBP 1100.00
Adventure Bike Rider feature package - 1000 words + photographs Fee was offered for FBS + web "taster" rights: work was declined 2010 GBP 150.00 XXXX
Amateur Photographer news short, each _IPC 1994 GBP 50.00
AOR album review (225 words) _Future 2012 GBP 35.00 X
Artists & Illustrators 400-word interview _Quarto 2006 GBP 100.00
Artists and Illustrators feature (2002) FBS 2005 GBP 120.00 X
Australia & New Zealand magazine (Merricks) 1200-word pictures package FBS and Web use _Merrick 2006 GBP 180.00 XXX
AXM magazine (formerly Axiom) 1600 word feature 2003 GBP 150.00
BBC Countryfile Mag 500-word walking route, with six pics. No exes. all rights - appears online (without consultation) 2008 GBP 120.00 X
BBC Good Homes photography & words FBS _BBC 2006 GBP 1400.00 GR
Best of British 700 words + 4 photos 2008 GBP 50.00 XXX
Big Issue South West 250 word news story (exclusive) use online refused to pay exes agreed in advance _BI 2002 GBP 40.00
Bridge Plus monthly column 1999 GBP 80.00
British Journal of Photography news short, each _IncisiM 1994 GBP 50.00
Cat World 1000 word feature + 6 photos, prod/exes not paid for these do not pick up the phone and refused to tell me how much i was to be paid until after publication _Ashdown 2008 GBP 65.00 XXXX
Cat World feature all rights _Hach 2003 GBP 15.00 XXX
Catholic Herald 800 word feature one photo, no prod/exes FBS 2008 GBP 50.00 XXX
City Life (defunct, Manchester) reviews, each _GMG 1997 GBP 20.00 XX
Classic Bike Guide feature of 1500-2000 words + photographs licence not known _TMG 2002 GBP 200.00 X
Classic Rock 120-word album reviews all rights _Future 2006 GBP 15.00 XXX
Combat Militaria page 1995 GBP 50.00 X
Community Care 250-word book review _RBI 2009 GBP 30.00
Community Care attend and write up a conference _RBI 2004 GBP 130.00 XXXX
Computer Arts offered for 11,000 words for cover-mounted book - member turned the commission down when told the fee World rights forever, non-exclusive after 6 months _Future 2005 GBP 600.00 XXX
Computer Music feature _Future 2006 GBP 230.00
Condé Nast Traveller 250 words _CondN 2008 GBP 125.00
Cook Vegetarian features   2011 GBP 200.00
Cornwall Today 1400 word feature FBSR 2002 GBP 100.00 X
Cosmopolitan column _NatMag 2003 GBP 270.00 X
Country Walking 500-word walking route + 150-word pub review + small pic; £10 petrol paid _EMAP 2006 GBP 100.00 XX
Criminal Lawyer features 1000 to 4000 words 2005 GBP 90.00 XXXX
Cyprus Weekly 200 words 2009 EUR 50.00 ?
Daily Record 'The Max' feature - 1200 wrds _TMG 2000 GBP 300.00
Dazed and Confused 350 word interview for full page feature 2006 GBP 50.00
Didsbury magazine per page 2005 GBP 40.00 XX
Dogs Monthly feature, length unspecified 2006 GBP 70.00
Eastern Eye education feature 2003 GBP 80.00
Essentials feature for health section _IPC 2004 GBP 350.00 GR
Evening Standard Jobs feature _Assoc 2006 GBP 400.00
FHM 200 words _EMAP 2003 GBP 100.00
FHM 300 words _EMAP 2003 GBP 120.00
Fortean Times 7500 words + some pic research _Dennis 2010 GBP 760.00 X
Fortean Times 800-word opinion piece _Dennis 2008 GBP 90.00 X
Fortean Times 1000 words + 2 x 500-word side bars + lots of picture research FBS and web _Dennis 2008 GBP 500.00
Frank quarter page _EMAP 1998 GBP 100.00
Galleries Exhibition reviews 2005 GBP 50.00
Good Housekeeping feature, length unspecified _NatMag 2005 GBP 650.00 GR
Greece 1200-word and pictures package FBS and web use _Merrick 2006 GBP 120.00 GR XXXX
Green Futures one 650-word page 1998 GBP 150.00
Hair (2p spread incl. 5-6 pix) 1994 GBP 100.00 XX
Harpers Wine + Spirit pieces, any length _WReed 2013 GBP 50.00 XXX
History Today researching and writing 2200 words 2010 GBP 150.00 X
Holiday Cottages FBSR _Merrick 2004 GBP 250.00 GR X
Horizon (Ghana) story 1995 GBP 40.00
Horse + Hound online news story, up to 400 words no terms quoted _IPC 2003 GBP 35.00 XXXX
Horse and Hound weekly 250-word paragraph _IPC 2013 GBP 70.00
Hotshoe (World Illustrated) any article, 800-1500 words 2006 GBP 75.00 XX
Housing half-day reporting seminar _excel 2001 GBP 90.00
Huck 650-word interview short feature 2010 GBP 155.00 X
iCreate interview-led feature + picture research, 2 pages rights-grab _Highbur 2005 GBP 160.00 GR X
iCreate (Paragon) Six page cover feature with screenshots all rights _Highbur 2003 GBP 480.00 X
Index (SG Publications) per page 2002 GBP 60.00 XX
Inside Housing day covering conference plus exes _TMG 2000 GBP 175.00
Insight piece 1999 GBP 550.00
Irish Printer review 2500 words. (terms unclear) 2005 EUR 250.00
Italia! (Anthem) 3500-word and pictures package FBS 2006 GBP 300.00 GR XXXX
Journalist feature (how long?) _TU 2006 GBP 100.00 HA ?
Leeds Guide column exclusive rights if contract signed 2006 GBP 0.00 GR XXXX
Literary Review book reviews 1995 GBP 25.00 XXX
Living History 700 words + submitted pics (£20 per pic used) FBS _Origin 2004 GBP 110.00
London Jewish News (Totally plc) Travel piece 2003 GBP 30.00 GR XXXX
Macworld online any piece worldwide rights, in perpetuity plus reprints abroad _Ziff 2005 GBP 150.00
Maxim feature 2500 words + exes FBS _Dennis 2002 GBP 1000.00
MCN (formerly Motorcycle News) 100-word news item, including supplying pix from PR agent _EMAP 2006 GBP 200.00
Media Transasia feature $200 - $400; say 1995 GBP 620.00
Microsoft Windows XP: The Official Magazine 1/4 page review (277 words). Was told they had staffers who were "happy to do it for £14" All rights _Future 2002 GBP 20.00 XXXX
Military Modelling article 1997 GBP 140.00
Mixmag 400 plus graphics _IPC 1998 GBP 25.00 XXXX
Mizz 80 word quote from pop band interview _IPC 2004 GBP 27.00
Mojo album reviews (standard length: 160 words) - minimum good 'til April 2006 FBSR _EMAP 2006 GBP 41.20 HA
Mojo short album reviews - one column worth - minimum good 'til April 2006 FBSR _EMAP 2006 GBP 154.50 HA
Mojo short album reviews - one column worth - minimum good 'til April 2006 FBSR _EMAP 2006 GBP 154.50 HA
Mojo short album reviews - one column worth - minimum good 'til April 2006 FBSR _EMAP 2006 GBP 154.50 HA
Mojo short album review (160 words) _EMAP 2004 GBP 40.00 GR
Mojo album reviews (short: 40 words) FBSR _EMAP 2003 GBP 25.00 GR
Mojo album reviews (standard length: 160 words) FBSR _EMAP 2003 GBP 36.00 GR
Mojo book reviews (standard length: 180 words) FBSR _EMAP 2003 GBP 65.00 GR
Mojo short record reviews FBS _EMAP 2002 GBP 35.00 HA
Mother + Baby feature all rights 2004 GBP 250.00 GR X
Motor Caravan Monthly feature per page, words and pictures, first world rights _IPC 2009 GBP 60.00 XXX
Motorcycle Voyager feature, per page of mag 2003 GBP 200.00 O
Motorsport News 350-word news story from Caribbean; plus five pics (pics not published) all rights _HM 2005 GBP 9.80 XXXX
Muso 250 word review  , not sure of terms _Rhineg 2013 GBP 20.00 XX
My Weekly short story FBS _DCT 2001 GBP 60.00
Natural Health + Wellbeing feature on alternative health 2001 GBP 150.00
New Internationalist 150-word review 2010 GBP 80.00
New Internationalist film review 2009 GBP 85.00
New Internationalist 250-word book review 2003 GBP 75.00
New Internationalist book review 2001 GBP 75.00
New Scientist 200-word book review, all rights and your firstborn _RBI 2002 GBP 90.00 GR
NME Blog   _IPC 2012 GBP 40.00 GR X
NME feature per page of mag _IPC 2010 GBP 100.00 XX
NME feature per page of mag _IPC 2009 GBP 100.00 XX
Non-League Paper match coverage up to 2005 GBP 80.00 X
Noticias Latinamerica 2 900-word pages 2003 GBP 170.00
Nursery World feature 2006 GBP 230.00 GR
Outdoor Photography (GMC pubs) 900 words + 3 stock pix FBS 2004 GBP 200.00
PC Format Reviews, features, tutorials - rate per magazine page of 600-1000 words Six months exclusive; can reprint in other titles or online without extra payment _Future 2001 GBP 70.00 XXXX
Pet Dogs Features with pictures up to 1500 words terms Exclusive first use _Ashdown 2008 GBP 100.00 XXX
Pink Paper anything over 400 words 1998 GBP 40.00 XX
Plan B feature per page of mag 2009 GBP 10.00 XXXX
Practical Internet Per page, features. Can be used in more than one publication. Expenses extra. 2000 GBP 40.00 XXX
Press Gazette diary piece no terms discussed 2007 GBP 30.00
Press Gazette 400-word letter (?!) 2007 GBP 50.00
Press Gazette 400 word news story (was told they pay £40 per piece) FBS, would not agree extra for web _Quantum 2003 GBP 50.00 X
Press Gazette 400 word news story (was told they pay £40 per piece) FBS, would not agree extra for web _Quantum 2003 GBP 50.00 X
Press Gazette 'per news story' 30 _Quantum 1995 GBP 30.00 X
Pride (1500 think-piece) 1994 GBP 200.00
Public Finance blogs, "traditionally good payer, but pays nothing for blogs" _Pearson 2009 GBP 0.00 XXXX
Q 100-word Moment Of The Year short Bauer 'Tier 1' terms - author retains copyright, grants various 6- months licences _Bauer 2013 GBP 35.00
Q short album review (100 words) _EMAP 2004 GBP 41.20 HA
Q short album review (100 words) _EMAP 2004 GBP 41.20 HA
Q short album review (100 words) _EMAP 2004 GBP 41.20 HA
Q short album review (100 words) _EMAP 2004 GBP 40.00 GR
Q album reviews (of compilations) FBSR plus website _EMAP 2003 GBP 30.00 GR
Q album reviews (short: 50/100 words) FBSR plus website _EMAP 2003 GBP 40.00 GR
Q short record reviews FBS + website _EMAP 2002 GBP 37.00 HA
Q book reviews _EMAP 1995 GBP 55.00 X
Quintessentially changed terms after delivery saying they had to wait for ad revenue until they would pay: member withdrew the work 2009 GBP 200.00 XXXX
Radio Times 400 wd feature with photos at 50p per word one-off use _BBC 2006 GBP 200.00 GR
Reader's Digest (book review) _RD 1994 GBP 165.00
Rock Sound 300-word live review 2011 GBP 10.00 XXX
Rock Sound 100-word review _INM 2011 GBP 5.00 XXXX
Rugby Times (League Publications Ltd.) interview 2003 GBP 50.00 XXXX
Songlines album review 2010 GBP 15.00 XX
Spectator 'per piece' _Holl 1992 GBP 90.00
Sport, The page lead: 'sell your soul for only a teaspoon of pottage' 1997 GBP 80.00 XXX
Study Abroad interviewing, photos (pay extra), writing piece of 500 words 2001 GBP 225.00 GR
Study Abroad contract reporter not taxed at source + £70 for expenses 2001 GBP 225.00
The Ecologist book review 700 words 2001 GBP 100.00
The List (Edinburgh and Glasgow) reviews, each 1997 GBP 20.00 XX
The Oldie kill fee for 600-word book review 2010 GBP 50.00 X
The Stage one review (member: '!') 1994 GBP 25.00 X
The Voice (1500 think-piece) _VTA 1994 GBP 200.00
Time Out Pubs and Bars Guide 140-160 word reviews _TOut 2004 GBP 10.00 XXX
Time Out bar review _TOut 2004 GBP 10.00 GR XXX
TNT 2 pages text + images 2004 GBP 75.00 XXX
UK Men's Health 2 pages feature, £200 per page all rights taken by publisher _Rodale 2003 GBP 400.00
Uncut short album review (100 words) _IPC 2004 GBP 20.00 GR X
Unity Magazine (Inline skate mag) full page (1000 words + 5 photos) FBS 2005 GBP 85.00 GR XXX
Village Voice 250-word album review 2008 USD 100.00 X
What's On in London reviews 2003 GBP 20.00 XXXX
What's On (in London) per review 2003 GBP 20.00 XXXX
What's On theatre review 1994 GBP 14.00 XXX
What's On feature 1994 GBP 45.00 XXX
Woman feature all rights _IPC 2004 GBP 550.00 GR
Women's Realm two-column feature _IPC 1998 GBP 250.00
Yoga and Health 4 x 500 word columns 2006 GBP 0.00 GR XXXX
You + Your Wedding per full page diary column (approx 750 words) first UK rights _NatMag 2003 GBP 167.00 X
You and Your Wedding 1300 words for £300 _NatMag 2005 GBP 230.77
Your Family Tree 150 words , all rights _Future 2008 GBP 75.00
allmusic.com album reviews (no fixed length, 100 words upwards) all rights 2007 USD 22.00 XXX
Belgian magazine articles 600-1200 words 2003 EUR 400.00
Belgian magazine articles up to 600 words 2003 EUR 300.00
Domestic magazine feature   _Kelsey 2013 GBP 160.00
dotmusic.com 400-word online album review _Yahoo 2008 GBP 30.00 XXXX
East Anglian Daily Times: EA Life full page feature _ECN 2014 GBP 60.00 XXX
Elsevier publication, unnamed 250 words   _RE 2011 GBP 10.00 XX^9
GamesTM, X360, Play (Imagine) per 450-500 word page 2013 GBP 50.00 GR X
Glossy county magazine full page article, 750 words + 2 original photos _ECN 2012 GBP 30.00 XXXX
Inside Housing 2 day feature _TMG 2003 GBP 300.00
IPC diary item 1997 GBP 134.00 X
Kelsey Publications page of words and photography FBS _Kelsey 2013 GBP 50.00 GR XXX
Macworld online per online feature - usually 800-1600 words worldwide rights, in perpetuity plus reprints abroad _IDG 2005 GBP 190.00
playboy.com 200-word online album review 2008 USD 50.00 X
Sporting magazine features (Schedule D taxed - at source) _Future 2014 GBP 400.00 GR
Unknown magazine (LHS / DPS) 1000 words + 10 photos 2011 GBP 275.00
various contract titles Feature writing 2000 GBP 200.00 GR
 
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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