[NUJ.LFB] NUJ Rate for the Job: Words, per 1000 / news

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, per 1000 / news

Work paid by the thousand words, whose primary use is in a national newspaper. See also regional newspapers.

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* Tell us what you've been paid for Words, per 1000 / news * Freelance Fees Guide
Publication / Programme - details & terms Group Year currency Total paid GR
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Berlingske (Denmark) 600 words @ €300 2017 EUR 500.00 O
Daily Mail online online showbiz piece: 1250 words @ £40 = _Assoc 2015 GBP 32.00 XX^9
Daily Mail 2500 words @ £500 = _Assoc 2016 GBP 200.00 XX
Daily Mail 100 words @ £75 _Assoc 2015 GBP 750.00
Daily Mail interview _Assoc 2014 GBP 600.00
Daily Mail health feature _Assoc 2012 GBP 600.00
Daily Mail 400 words, all rights @ £200 =  _Assoc 2011 GBP 500.00
Daily Mail news page lead _Assoc 2009 GBP 900.00
De Volkskrant (English copy submitted to Dutch newspaper) , terms unknown 2014 EUR 360.00 GR
El Mundo 450 words for print edition @ £45 = 2015 GBP 100.00 XXX
Evening Standard 500 words @ £150 _Lebedev 2015 GBP 300.00
Evening Standard arts review 300-400 words @ £140 = up to _Lebedev 2013 GBP 467.00
Evening Standard leader _Assoc 2003 GBP 1053.00
Express 1200-word feature plus 200-word boxout @ £700 = _NS 2012 GBP 500.00 GR O
Express FBS _NS 2010 GBP 533.00 GR O
Express Features FBS _UM 2000 GBP 650.00
Financial Times subbing day (7 hours) _Nikkei 2016 GBP 155.00
Financial Times _Pearson 2013 GBP 433.00
Financial Times _Pearson 2012 GBP 500.00
Financial Times magazine terms 'all in' _Pearson 2011 GBP 357.00
Guardian How I Spend It - 650 words @ £250 - _GMG 2018 GBP 385.00
Guardian news story - _GMG 2018 GBP 310.00
Guardian news story _GMG 2017 GBP 437.00
Guardian online feature article with interviews and pictures sourced _GMG 2017 GBP 310.00 X
Guardian 2000 word feature @ £650 = _GMG 2017 GBP 325.00 X
Guardian 800 words @ £ 250 = _GMG 2016 GBP 312.50
Guardian 1000-word interview _GMG 2015 GBP 300.00
Guardian online news _GMG 2015 GBP 325.00
Guardian 1200-word international news feature - says 'all rights' - contrary to house agreement _GMG 2013 GBP 310.68
Guardian feature Guardian basic terms _GMG 2013 GBP 350.00
Guardian 630 word column for Society section @ £350 _GMG 2013 GBP 555.55
Guardian G2 _GMG 2012 GBP 500.00 O
Guardian obituary - if you're Stephen Fry - according to Private Eye _GMG 2012 GBP 3000.00 O
Guardian - money section 2000-word feature @ £650 = £325 _GMG 2014 GBP 325.00
Guardian Global Development Professionals Network researching and writing articles for new website all rights _GMG 2013 GBP 320.00 GR
Guardian weekend The Secret to... - 350 words @ £200 = _GMG 2018 GBP 571.00
Herald (Glasgow) _SMG 1999 GBP 150.00 X
Herald (Glasgow) _NQ 2006 GBP 150.00
i newspaper 0 _Johnsto 2018 GBP 140.00 GR
i newspaper sports news story, 700 words filed about 500 used @ £130 FBS and website _Johnsto 2017 GBP 260.00
i newspaper sports news preview story, about 650 words @ £110 , terms FBS and website _Johnsto 2017 GBP 170.00 X
i newspaper 400-word exclusive interview with retired athlete @ £70 = _Johnsto 2017 GBP 175.00
i newspaper feature on leading athlete 800 words @ £130 FBS = _Johnsto 2017 GBP 162.50
i newspaper 600 word sports report from foreign capital @ £90 = _Johnsto 2017 GBP 150.00 XX
i newspaper 200 words sports news sidebar FBS @ £30 _Johnsto 2017 GBP 150.00 X
i newspaper 400 words sports news article FBS @ £80 = _Johnsto 2017 GBP 200.00 GR
Independent 1200 words @ £200 = _Lebedev 2018 GBP 167.00 X
Independent 1500 words @ £150 = _Lebedev 2017 GBP 100.00 XXXX
Independent feature 1300 words @ £200 = _Lebedev 2015 GBP 154.00 XX
Independent _Lebedev 2015 GBP 200.00 XX
Independent interviews, sports _Lebedev 2014 GBP 130.00 XX
Independent no expenses! _Lebedev 2014 GBP 167.00
Independent news feature _Lebedev 2013 GBP 240.00
Independent feature, no expenses all rights _INM 2012 GBP 300.00
Independent MBA Supplement researching, writing plus phone calls _Lebedev 2014 GBP 187.50
Irish Daily Mail FBS, prod/exes 50 _Assoc 2010 EUR 333.00
Irish Daily Mirror court reports First Irish Serial + web _TMG 2013 EUR 100.00 GR XX
Irish Examiner court reports First Irish Serial + web _Crosbie 2013 EUR 160.00 GR
Irish Independent court reports First Irish Serial + web _INM 2013 EUR 160.00 GR
Irish Times news story print and web _ITtrust 2016 EUR 260.00 X
Irish Times 800 words @ £ 140 = _ITtrust 2017 GBP 175.00
Irish Times Feature print and web _ITtrust 2015 EUR 200.00 X
Irish Times magazine feature _ITtrust 2004 EUR 437.50
Lloyd's List regular column _Informa 2007 GBP 225.00 X
Lloyds Register _Fairpl 2012 GBP 180.00
Lloyds Register (40 p / mile exes) 2008 GBP 185.00
Los Angeles Times said to to have been the going rate for a while... _Tribune 2015 USD 500.00 GR
Los Angeles Times 1200 words for $1300 incl. web use _Tribune 2008 GBP 555.00
Los Angles Times (dollar a word) 1999 GBP 633.00
Mail on Sunday Celebrity Q+A 1400 words @ £450 - _Assoc 2018 GBP 321.00
Mail on Sunday news _Assoc 2018 GBP 400.00
Mail on Sunday 200 words @ £200 _Assoc 2015 GBP 1000.00
Mail on Sunday 350 words @ £150 _Assoc 2015 GBP 429.00
Mail on Sunday 1500 words @ £500 = _Assoc 2014 GBP 333.00
Mail on Sunday page lead - investigative story , no exes _Assoc 2013 GBP 1800.00 O
Mail on Sunday weekly column - if you're Piers Morgan - £350,000 a year for 1300 words a week (by our count) according to Private Eye - 'exaggerated' says the Mail _Assoc 2012 GBP 5325.00 O
Mail on Sunday _Assoc 2008 GBP 1000.00 O
Metro 1200 words @ £175 = _Assoc 2017 GBP 146.00 X
Mirror feature _TMG 2015 GBP 1000.00 O
Mirror News, p9, 280 words @ £70 = _TMG 2014 GBP 250.00
Mirror News, p9, 280 words @ £70 = _TMG 2014 GBP 250.00
Mirror feature FBS + web _TMG 2013 GBP 400.00 GR
Mirror feature 1500 - 1800 words for £1000 FBS _TMG 2006 GBP 667.00
Mirror _TMG 2000 GBP 700.00
New York Times / International Herald Tribune article 1058 words _NYT 2013 EUR 500.00 X
Observer online comment piece _GMG 2009 GBP 200.00 XX
Observer _GMG 1999 GBP 600.00 O
Repubblica (Italy) 1500 words @ £420 for print edition only 2011 GBP 280.00
Scotland on Sunday page 7 lead, 850w; initially offered £200 _Johnsto 2014 GBP 353.00
Scotland on Sunday page 7 lead, 850w; initially offered £200 _Johnsto 2014 GBP 353.00
Scotsman magazine _Johnsto 2012 GBP 400.00
Scotsman _BarcB 2008 GBP 400.00
Scottish Sun 150 word Sports NIB @ £20 = _Holl 2017 GBP 133.00
Sun news feature circa 1100 words _NI 2011 GBP 1090.00 O
Sunday Express news feature 2018 GBP 550.00 GR
Sunday Express feature _NS 2014 GBP 500.00 O
Sunday Express feature _NS 2014 GBP 500.00 O
Sunday Express feature _NS 2014 GBP 500.00 O
Sunday Express S Magazine; exes paid (amount not specified) _NS 2010 GBP 417.00
Sunday Express feature _NS 2009 GBP 625.00 O
Sunday Herald 900-word foreign news piece @ £150 = _NQ 2017 GBP 167.00 GR X
Sunday Herald news feature on French election _SMG 2012 GBP 300.00
Sunday Herald review _NQ 2007 GBP 350.00 O
Sunday Independent news piece licence not discussed _INM 2007 EUR 1000.00 O
Sunday Mirror foreign spread with pix, plus £400 exes _TMG 2003 GBP 1000.00
Sunday Mirror foreign exclusive _TMG 2003 GBP 900.00
Sunday Telegraph Travel piece, no exes _BarcB 2013 GBP 389.00 GR
Sunday Telegraph _Holl 1997 GBP 400.00
Sunday Telegraph> foreign news feature _BarcB 2010 GBP 455.00
Sunday Times Celebrity Q+A 1200 words @ £400 - _NI 2018 GBP 333.00
Sunday Times news story _NI 2017 GBP 1062.00 O
Sunday Times print and online _NI 2016 GBP 300.00
Sunday Times front page - down page FBS _NI 2001 GBP 1000.00
Sunday Times (Ireland) page lead news story 2014 print and web _NI 2016 EUR 350.00 X
Sunday Times Home supplement _NI 2013 GBP 385.00 X
Sunday Times magazine 3000-word feature @ £2000 _NI 2011 GBP 667.00
Sunday Times News Review feature / interview _NI 2013 GBP 400.00
Ta Nea 2500 words @ EUR250, OK by Greek standards 2007 EUR 100.00
Telegraph 750 words @ £100 = _BarcB 2018 GBP 133.00 XXX
Telegraph online opinion piece _BarcB 2017 GBP 100.00 XXX
Telegraph 1200 words @ £480 = 2017 GBP 400.00
Telegraph 1500-word feature @ £250 = _BarcB 2017 GBP 166.00 XXX
Telegraph review, 550 words @ £60 = _BarcB 2016 GBP 109.00 XXX
Telegraph feature _BarcB 2015 GBP 350.00
Telegraph lead article, 1300 words @ £500 = _BarcB 2014 GBP 385.00
Telegraph set report for TV pages licensed for 90 days, syndication paid 50/50, exes paid _BarcB 2013 GBP 300.00 X
Telegraph BarcB 2012 GBP 400.00
Telegraph _BarcB 2012 GBP 500.00
Telegraph review 200 words @ £180 _BarcB 2007 GBP 900.00
Telegraph 800-word features, each £400 = _BarcB 2007 GBP 500.00
Telegraph feature _Holl 2003 GBP 1000.00 O
Telegraph supplements subbing day (7hrs) paid time off on top _BarcB 2017 GBP 150.00 XX
Telegraph weekend Review book review - print, 500 words 2013 GBP 250.00
Telegraph interview for Stella exclusive licence for 90 days, syndication paid 50/50, exes paid _BarcB 2013 GBP 400.00
The Baltic Times 600 words @ £30 = 2016 EUR 50.00 XXX
The Lady interview 2012 GBP 250.00 X
The National (Abu Dhabi) 2009 GBP 500.00
The National (UAE) opinion pieces - 800 words @ £ 208 = 2016 GBP 260.00
The National Arab weekly column: 900 words @ £250 = 2016 GBP 278.00
The National, The Arab Weekly (Abu Dhabi Media) columns, 300 words @ $300 = 2015 USD 1000.00
Times Education Supplement 500 word column @ £200 _TSL 2014 GBP 400.00
Times Education Supplement 500 word column for online use @ £150 _TSL 2014 GBP 300.00
Times Education Supplement 500 word column for online use @ £150 _TSL 2014 GBP 300.00
Times Higher Education Supplement 1500 words analysis feature @ £260 _TSL 2007 GBP 173.00 XX
Times article filed from abroad _NI 2018 GBP 50.00 GR XXXX
Times Feature - freelance retained copyright _NI 2018 GBP 750.00 O
Times feature in Register section - _NI 2018 GBP 250.00
Times column: 700 words @ £500, extra for syndication _NI 2016 GBP 800.00
Times _NI 2012 GBP 437.50
Times _NI 2012 GBP 467.00
Times (Times 2) _NI 2009 GBP 354.17
Times FBS _NI 2008 GBP 500.00 GR
Times 500-word comment piece @ £350 _NI 2008 GBP 700.00
Times 950 word comment @ £600 _NI 2007 GBP 630.00 O
Times Thunderer, 500 words @ £350 _NI 2007 GBP 700.00 O
Times FBS _NI 2007 GBP 600.00
Times (Ireland digital edition) news story, 600 words @ €100 = _NI 2016 EUR 167.00 X
Times - money section 650 words @ £300 = _NI 2014 GBP 462.00 O
Times - money section 650 words @ £300 = _NI 2014 GBP 462.00 O
Times supplement _NI 2018 GBP 350.00
Wall Street Journal Europe feature from original pitch all intergalactic rights _NI 2013 EUR 758.00 GR
Wall Street Journal feature for weekly section First US Serial, 'I think' _NI 2013 GBP 450.00 GR
Weekly Telegraph _BarcB 2011 GBP 220.00 X
A newspaper in Ireland feature _ITtrust 2015 EUR 200.00 X
Australian newspapers reported standard rate AU$ 0.07per word see www.alliance.org.au 2009 GBP 327.00 GR
BBC News Online 1000-word news feature inc pix _BBC 2010 GBP 213.00 X
BBC News Online 800 word news feature inc pix _BBC 2010 GBP 213.00 X
BBC online news item 800 words @ £142 = _BBC 2016 GBP 177.50
CNN Style 1000 words - _CNN 2018 GBP 250.00
Guardian Networks (IT support section) 800 words for Sustainable Business section @ £320 _GMG 2013 GBP 400.00
IRIN News (OCHA) 2012 USD 430.00
MSN - money section (web only) feature _Yahoo 2014 GBP 300.00 O
MSN - money section (web only) feature _Yahoo 2014 GBP 300.00 O
NBC The Grio up to _NBC 2012 USD 285.00
News International 200 words @ £300 _NI 2015 GBP 1500.00
Novara Media - 2018 GBP 50.00
 
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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