[NUJ.LFB] NUJ Rate for the Job: recent rates for Words, per 1000 / mags

Updated: 2020-05-08

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, 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
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Amateur Photographer Op-ed - £75 for 400 words - as reported to journoresources.org.uk 2020 GBP 188.00
Amateur Photographer 400-word op-ed piece @ £75 = 2019 GBP 187.50
Ars Technica long-form science article - expenses available _CondN 2018 USD 350.00
Bandcamp Daily music writing - according to whopayswriters.com 2020 USD 530.00
BBC Future 1200 word feature @ £400 = _BBC 2019 GBP 333.00 GR
BBC History magazine _Immed 2018 GBP 285.00
British Medical Journal 1300 words @ £395 - 2018 GBP 304.00
Camadian Geographic feature - according to whopayswriters.com _NatGeo 2020 USD 1000.00
Computer Active words + first-hand screenshots/images - _Dennis 2018 GBP 138.00
Cycle Industry News features _Score 2018 GBP 80.00
Ecologist feature 2017 GBP 100.00
Economist Espresso briefing 150-word news piece @ £100, all rights 2018 GBP 666.00 GR O
Empire features _Bauer 2018 GBP 300.00 GR
Esquire feature - according to whopayswriters.com _Hearst 2020 USD 1330.00
FC Business Intelligence 800 words @ £300 2017 GBP 375.00
Frieze Art review, 700 words @ £180 = 2019 GBP 257.00
Frieze Art review outside UK, 2 edits 2019 GBP 180.00
Latin Finance 2018 GBP 350.00 O
Modus magazine (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) researching and writing feature article plus three sidebars including profile interviews all global rights + all moral rights waived 2017 GBP 400.00
N by Norwegian (inflight mag) 1500 word feature story with two days reporting abroad @ £500 = terms - not discussed _Ink 2019 GBP 333.00
Nature Index 450 words @ £450 = _SpringV 2018 GBP 1000.00
New Internationalist 2018 GBP 250.00
New Scientist features, all rights (also note that they pay on publication) 2019 GBP 510.00 O
Pet Product Marketing 1200 words @ £240 = _Bauer 2017 GBP 200.00
Planet Rock - author retains copyright _Bauer 2018 GBP 200.00
Post 2019 GBP 300.00
Professional Engineer 2019 GBP 300.00
Q Reuse of Q features published respectively 10 and 25 years ago - published under license to former owner EMAP with agreed reuse rate _Bauer 2018 GBP 120.00
Q Reuse of 25-yr-old feature - copyright retained then and now _Bauer 2018 GBP 120.00
Q Reuse of 1995 feature in special , terms Writer retained copyright then and now _Bauer 2017 GBP 120.00
Resident Advisor __misc 2018 GBP 187.50
Resnews 750 words @ £75 = 2019 GBP 100.00
Spears magazine 1200-word feature @ £480 = 2018 GBP 400.00 O
Spectator interview feature 1000-1200 words - print use only 2020 GBP 250.00
Spectator live music review 800 words @ £200 for print use only = 2020 GBP 250.00
Teen Vogue profile or interview - via whopayswriters.com _CondN 2020 USD 310.00
The Atlantic opinion or essay - according to whopayswriters.com 2020 USD 560.00
The Economist 600 words news piece @ £400, all rights 2018 GBP 666.00 GR
The Establishment as announced at www. theestablishment.co/ pitch-us 2018 USD 125.00
The Guitar Magazine negotiated up from £150 2018 GBP 200.00
The Journalist 750 words @ £250 = _TU 2019 GBP 333.00
The Register feature - 2020 GBP 250.00
The Register feature 2020 GBP 250.00
The Register feature , terms first worldwide online 2019 GBP 250.00
The Week Junior Big Debate - 600 words @ £175 - 2018 GBP 292.00
Variety (Penske Media Corporation) according to whopayswriters.com 2017 USD 750.00
Vice 2500 words @ £2000 no exes = 2020 GBP 800.00
Vice (Tonic health section) long-form science article - expenses available 2018 USD 250.00
Vice news 10 pix thrown in 2018 GBP 430.00 O
Vice UK 2018 GBP 120.00
When Saturday Comes 800 words @ £70 2017 GBP 87.50 GR
Wire feature 2017 GBP 70.00
CSP union _TU 2018 GBP 300.00
Fire Brigades Union _TU 2018 GBP 300.00
Global Island News 1800 words @ £300 = 2018 GBP 167.00
Human rights publicatrion 700 words @ £100 = 2017 GBP 143.00
Informa business-to-business title web feature 1800 words @ £720 - _Informa 2018 GBP 400.00 O
Professional association 2000 words @ US$1800 2018 USD 900.00 O
Think Publishing 1200-word feature plus 300-word sidebar @ £835 - 2018 GBP 557.00
Trade mag 2000-word in-depth feature, with multiple interviews @ £500, all rights yielded 2019 GBP 250.00
 
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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Words, other News Local Mag online Book PR Other
Photography News Local Mag online Book PR Other
Broadcasting News Local Other including podcasting
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Recently reported rates all from the past few months