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

Updated: 2021-04-09

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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Publication / Programme - details & terms Group Year currency Total paid GR
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Daily Mail Inspire (Monday pages of Femail) first-person writing _Assoc 2020 GBP 500.00 GR O
Sunday Times Arts writing _NI 2020 GBP 400.00 GR
Al Jazeera feature (history) 1100 words @ £300 = (via #FairDealForFreelancers) 2020 GBP 273.00
Al Jazeera (via #FairDealForFreelancers) 2020 USD 350.00
Al Jazeera news story 650 words @ $350 = (via #FairDealForFreelancers) 2020 USD 538.00
Berlingske (Denmark) 600 words @ €300 2017 EUR 500.00 O
Christian Science Monitor profile or interview - according to whopayswriters.com 2020 USD 360.00
Daily Mail Travel feature - city guide 1000 words @ £700 = (via #FairDealForFreelancers) 2020 GBP 700.00
Daily Mail online online showbiz piece: 1250 words @ £40 = _Assoc 2015 GBP 32.00 XX^9
Daily Mail feature up to (via #FairDealForFreelancers) _Assoc 2020 GBP 444.00
Daily Mail Travel feature 800 words 800 words @ £700 = (via #FairDealForFreelancers) 2020 GBP 875.00
Daily Mail double page spread - as reported to journoresources.org.uk _Assoc 2020 GBP 500.00
Daily Mail double page spread - kill fee - as reported to journoresources.org.uk _Assoc 2020 GBP 300.00
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
Dazed Digital feature (via #FairDealForFreelancers) 2020 GBP 100.00
De Volkskrant (English copy submitted to Dutch newspaper) , terms unknown 2014 EUR 360.00 GR
Dow Jones - Barron's/Penta Mansion Global reported features, 3-4 sources (via #FairDealForFreelancers) 2020 USD 500.00
Economist 400 words @ £500  - all rights 2021 EUR 1250.00 O
El Mundo 450 words for print edition @ £45 = 2015 GBP 100.00 XXX
El Pais feature 1000 words @ €120 = (via #FairDealForFreelancers) 2020 EUR 120.00
Evening Standard online product round up 1000 words @ £100 = (via #FairDealForFreelancers) _EPL 2020 GBP 100.00 XX
Evening Standard op-ed 500 words @ £200 = (via #FairDealForFreelancers) _EPL 2020 GBP 400.00
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 health case study for express yourself pages 750 words @ £450 = (via #FairDealForFreelancers) 2020 GBP 600.00
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 feature 1200 words @ £400 = (via #FairDealForFreelancers) _Nikkei 2020 GBP 333.00
Financial Times (Special Reports) feature 750 words @ £240 = (via #FairDealForFreelancers) _Nikkei 2020 GBP 320.00
Financial Times celebrity interview - 1200 words @ £400 = (via #FairDealForFreelancers) _Nikkei 2020 GBP 333.00
Financial Times interview feature 1100 words @ £400 = (via #FairDealForFreelancers) _Nikkei 2020 GBP 364.00
Financial Times piece for ongoing culture series (no reporting required) 800 words @ £300 = (via #FairDealForFreelancers) _Nikkei 2020 GBP 375.00
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
Financial Times Weekend Magazine feature - 3000 words @ £1260 = (via #FairDealForFreelancers) _Nikkei 2020 GBP 420.00
FT Weekend review 2019 GBP 460.00
Guardian (Guardian Labs) Interview / profile (via #FairDealForFreelancers) _GMG 2020 GBP 350.00
Guardian (Online) op-ed 650 words @ £100 = (via #FairDealForFreelancers) _GMG 2020 GBP 154.00
Guardian / Observer features/interviews for g2, weekend, observer magazine, etc 1000 words @ £310 = (via #FairDealForFreelancers) _GMG 2020 GBP 310.00
Guardian long read 5000 words @ £3500 = (via #FairDealForFreelancers) _GMG 2020 GBP 700.00
Guardian long read 4500 words @ £2500 = (via #FairDealForFreelancers) _GMG 2020 GBP 556.00
Guardian opinion 800 words @ £100 = (via #FairDealForFreelancers) _GMG 2020 GBP 125.00
Guardian feature 800 words @ £243.57 = (via #FairDealForFreelancers) _GMG 2020 GBP 304.00
Guardian feature 1000 words @ £310.68 = (via #FairDealForFreelancers) _GMG 2020 GBP 311.00
Guardian feature 1200 words @ £370 = (via #FairDealForFreelancers) _GMG 2020 GBP 308.00
Guardian feature 800 words @ £0.33 pence per word = (via #FairDealForFreelancers) _GMG 2020 GBP 330.00
Guardian news story, 2 days investigation producing 1200 words @ £677.62 = (via #FairDealForFreelancers) _GMG 2020 GBP 565.00
Guardian feature (via #FairDealForFreelancers) _GMG 2020 GBP 312.00
Guardian feature (via #FairDealForFreelancers) _GMG 2020 GBP 300.00 X
Guardian US personal essay 1500 words @ $750 = (via #FairDealForFreelancers) _GMG 2020 USD 500.00
Guardian US personal essay ~900 words @ $75 cents/word = (via #FairDealForFreelancers) _GMG 2020 USD 750.00
Guardian features rate according to commissioning editor on Twitter (agreed rate is £310.68) _GMG 2021 GBP 310.00
Guardian news report, 500 words @ £160 , - exclusive use _GMG 2020 GBP 320.00
Guardian exclusive 1000 word news story - licensed for exclusive use and syndicated for £173 on top _GMG 2020 GBP 330.00 GR
Guardian 950-word investigative piece, published on page 4 @ £299.50 = _GMG 2020 GBP 315.00
Guardian feature 1200 words @ £372 = (via #FairDealForFreelancers) _GMG 2020 GBP 310.00
Guardian feature 800-1200 words @ 30p a word = (via #FairDealForFreelancers) _GMG 2020 GBP 300.00
Guardian feature 700 words @ £200 = (via #FairDealForFreelancers) _GMG 2020 GBP 286.00
Guardian Online feature for education section (via #FairDealForFreelancers) _GMG 2020 GBP 90.00 XXX
Guardian feature 700 words @ £217.48 = (via #FairDealForFreelancers) _GMG 2020 GBP 311.00
Guardian 1200 words @ £372 = (via #FairDealForFreelancers) _GMG 2020 GBP 310.00
Guardian feature 2000 words @ £680 = (via #FairDealForFreelancers) _GMG 2020 GBP 340.00
Guardian interview 1000 words @ £350 = (via #FairDealForFreelancers) _GMG 2020 GBP 350.00
Guardian feature 1500 words @ £421 = (via #FairDealForFreelancers) _GMG 2020 GBP 281.00
Guardian op-ed 1200 words @ £250 = (via #FairDealForFreelancers) _GMG 2020 GBP 208.00
Guardian feature on the music desk - profiling and interviewing a musician 800 words @ £31p per word = (via #FairDealForFreelancers) _GMG 2020 GBP 310.00
Guardian Travel feature 900 words @ £300 = (via #FairDealForFreelancers) _GMG 2020 GBP 333.00
Guardian op-ed 750 words @ £270 = (via #FairDealForFreelancers) _GMG 2020 GBP 360.00
Guardian feature - 1800 words @ £400 = (via #FairDealForFreelancers) _GMG 2020 GBP 222.00 XX
Guardian feature 1200 words @ £375 (via #FairDealForFreelancers) _GMG 2020 GBP 312.00
Guardian feature, claimed standard rate (via #FairDealForFreelancers) _GMG 2020 GBP 310.00
Guardian online opinion piece for arts section 800 words @ £150 = (via #FairDealForFreelancers) _GMG 2020 GBP 188.00
Guardian news story 900 words @ £279 = (via #FairDealForFreelancers) _GMG 2020 GBP 310.00
Guardian interview 1800 words @ £720 = (via #FairDealForFreelancers) _GMG 2020 GBP 400.00
Guardian feature (via #FairDealForFreelancers) _GMG 2020 GBP 215.00 XXX
Guardian feature (via #FairDealForFreelancers) _GMG 2020 GBP 300.00
Guardian television blog 750 words @ £100 = (via #FairDealForFreelancers) _GMG 2020 GBP 133.00 XX
Guardian interview 1000 words @ £200 = (via #FairDealForFreelancers) _GMG 2020 GBP 200.00
Guardian feature 800 words @ £150 = (via #FairDealForFreelancers) _GMG 2020 GBP 188.00 XXX
Guardian travel feature 1000 words @ £310 = (via #FairDealForFreelancers) _GMG 2020 GBP 310.00
Guardian feature - 1500 words @ $546 = (via #FairDealForFreelancers) _GMG 2020 USD 364.00
Guardian long read 5000 words @ £2500 = (via #FairDealForFreelancers) _GMG 2020 GBP 500.00
Guardian long read 5000 words @ £2000 = (via #FairDealForFreelancers) _GMG 2020 GBP 400.00
Guardian feature 700 words @ £250 = (via #FairDealForFreelancers) _GMG 2020 GBP 357.00
Guardian short essay 900 words @ £350 = (via #FairDealForFreelancers) _GMG 2020 GBP 389.00
Guardian long read 5500 words @ £2000 = (via #FairDealForFreelancers) _GMG 2020 GBP 364.00
Guardian feature 1500 words @ £416.93 = (via #FairDealForFreelancers) _GMG 2020 GBP 278.00
Guardian weekend magazine feature - 2500 words @ £1250 _GMG 2020 GBP 500.00
Guardian obituary, free-use photo supplied; print and online - online and print, 880 words @ £273.40 = _GMG 2020 GBP 311.00
Guardian arts review, 550 words @ £180 = _GMG 2019 GBP 327.00
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 (online only) (OK if and only if is a Comment is Free?) (via #FairDealForFreelancers) _GMG 2020 GBP 112.00
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 Labs commissioned interview and profile of one person (via #FairDealForFreelancers) _GMG 2020 GBP 350.00
Guardian Weekend feature - nearly 4000 words @ £1240 = (via #FairDealForFreelancers) _GMG 2020 GBP 310.00
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 page lead news section 565 words @ 0.25p/word. Filed from foreign capital with impending deadline _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
i paper book review (via #FairDealForFreelancers) _Assoc 2020 GBP 250.00
Independent feature 1000 words @ £200 = (via #FairDealForFreelancers) _Lebedev 2020 GBP 200.00
Independent op-ed 650 words @ £75 = (via #FairDealForFreelancers) _Lebedev 2020 GBP 115.00
Independent op-ed 600 words @ £75 = (via #FairDealForFreelancers) _Lebedev 2020 GBP 125.00
Independent op-ed 600 words @ £75 = (via #FairDealForFreelancers) _Lebedev 2020 GBP 125.00
Independent feature 900 words @ £100 = (via #FairDealForFreelancers) _Lebedev 2020 GBP 111.00
Independent reported feature 1200 words @ £120 = (via #FairDealForFreelancers) _Lebedev 2020 GBP 100.00
Independent op-ed 800 words @ £75 = (via #FairDealForFreelancers) _Lebedev 2020 GBP 94.00
Independent opinion 600 words @ £75 = (via #FairDealForFreelancers) _Lebedev 2020 GBP 125.00
Independent op-ed 700 words @ £75 = (via #FairDealForFreelancers) _Lebedev 2020 GBP 107.00 XXX
Independent review 500 words @ £50 = (via #FairDealForFreelancers) _Lebedev 2020 GBP 100.00
Independent op-ed 700 words @ £75 = (via #FairDealForFreelancers) _Lebedev 2020 GBP 107.00
Independent long read 4000 words @ £250 = (via #FairDealForFreelancers) _Lebedev 2020 GBP 63.00 GR XXX
Independent op-ed 800 words @ £0 = (via #FairDealForFreelancers) _Lebedev 2020 GBP 0.00 XXXX
Independent op-ed 800 words @ £100 negotiated up from @GBP80 = (via #FairDealForFreelancers) _Lebedev 2020 GBP 125.00
Independent reported features (sometimes with travel: expenses not paid) (via #FairDealForFreelancers) _Lebedev 2020 GBP 200.00 XX
Independent travel feature 1000 words @ £180 = (via #FairDealForFreelancers) _Lebedev 2020 GBP 180.00
Independent travel feature 800 words @ £160 = (via #FairDealForFreelancers) _Lebedev 2020 GBP 200.00
Independent opinion 700 words @ £125 = (via #FairDealForFreelancers) _Lebedev 2020 GBP 179.00
Independent opinion (cold pitch) 800 words @ £75 = (via #FairDealForFreelancers) _Lebedev 2020 GBP 94.00
Independent op-ed 800 words @ £75 = (via #FairDealForFreelancers) _Lebedev 2020 GBP 94.00
Independent op ed 900 words @ £80 = (via #FairDealForFreelancers) _Lebedev 2020 GBP 89.00
Independent feature for foreign desk 800 words @ £250 = (via #FairDealForFreelancers) _Lebedev 2020 GBP 313.00
Independent op-ed 800 words @ £0 = (via #FairDealForFreelancers) _Lebedev 2020 GBP 0.00 XXXX
Independent feature (via #FairDealForFreelancers) _Lebedev 2020 GBP 125.00
Independent article about coronavirus vaccine trial - 800 words @ £125 = (via #FairDealForFreelancers) _Lebedev 2020 GBP 156.00
Independent comment (via #FairDealForFreelancers) _Lebedev 2020 GBP 0.00 XXXX
Independent comment piece - 700 words @ £130 = (via #FairDealForFreelancers) _Lebedev 2020 GBP 186.00
Independent comment piece (via #FairDealForFreelancers) _Lebedev 2020 GBP 100.00
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 IndyBest reviews up to 1000 words _Lebedev 2019 GBP 80.00 XX
Independent MBA Supplement researching, writing plus phone calls _Lebedev 2014 GBP 187.50
Independent Voices op-ed 800 words @ £75 = (via #FairDealForFreelancers) _Lebedev 2020 GBP 94.00 XX
iNews feature (via #FairDealForFreelancers) 2020 GBP 231.00
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
Mail Online Femail feature Length not stipulated but ended up filing about 1,000 words @ £ = (via #FairDealForFreelancers) _Assoc 2020 GBP 120.00
Metro 600 words @ £55 = (via #FairDealForFreelancers) _Assoc 2020 GBP 92.00 XXXX
Metro opinion 700 words @ £75 = (via #FairDealForFreelancers) _Assoc 2020 GBP 107.00 XXX
Metro online first-person 800 words @ £75 = (via #FairDealForFreelancers) _Assoc 2020 GBP 94.00 XXXX
Metro online first person piece 700 words @ £70 = (via #FairDealForFreelancers) _Assoc 2020 GBP 100.00
Metro UK first person story 800 words @ £75 = (via #FairDealForFreelancers) _Assoc 2020 GBP 94.00 XXXX
Metro UK personal essay (via #FairDealForFreelancers) _Assoc 2020 GBP 70.00 XXXX
Metro UK personal essay Brief 800-1000 words but editor asked for extra words @ £60 = (via #FairDealForFreelancers) _Assoc 2020 GBP 60.00 XX
Metro feature 700 words @ £70 = (via #FairDealForFreelancers) _Assoc 2020 GBP 100.00 XXX
Metro first-person op-ed 700 words @ £70 = (via #FairDealForFreelancers) _Assoc 2020 GBP 100.00 XXX
Metro op-ed 600 words @ £70 = (via #FairDealForFreelancers) _Assoc 2020 GBP 117.00 XX
Metro opinion piece 750 words @ £100 = (via #FairDealForFreelancers) _Assoc 2020 GBP 133.00 XX
Metro first person piece 800 words @ £80 = (via #FairDealForFreelancers) _Assoc 2020 GBP 100.00 XXX
Metro first person piece 600 words @ £80 = (via #FairDealForFreelancers) _Assoc 2020 GBP 133.00 XX
Metro op-ed 800 words @ £25 = (via #FairDealForFreelancers) _Assoc 2020 GBP 31.00 XXXX
Metro op-ed 700 words @ £70 = (via #FairDealForFreelancers) _Assoc 2020 GBP 100.00 XXX
Metro travel piece 500 words @ £100 = (via #FairDealForFreelancers) _Assoc 2020 GBP 200.00
Metro first person story/comment 700-900 words (via #FairDealForFreelancers) _Assoc 2020 GBP 85.00 XXX
Metro 1200 words @ £175 = _Assoc 2017 GBP 146.00 X
Mirror news story 600 words @ £750 = (via #FairDealForFreelancers) _MGN 2020 GBP 1250.00 O
Mirror arts feature _TMG 2019 GBP 400.00 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 essay for the opinion pages in late 2019 (via #FairDealForFreelancers) _NYT 2020 USD 1000.00
New York Times reported article 1600 words @ $1600 = (via #FairDealForFreelancers) _NYT 2020 USD 1000.00
New York Times culture feature (via #FairDealForFreelancers) _NYT 2020 USD 500.00 X
New York Times column (via #FairDealForFreelancers) _NYT 2020 USD 200.00 XXX
New York Times feature $1 a word = (via #FairDealForFreelancers) _NYT 2020 GBP 795.00
New York Times profile 1200 words @ £460 = (via #FairDealForFreelancers) _NYT 2020 GBP 383.00
New York Times how-to for the style section 1200 words @ £1200 = (via #FairDealForFreelancers) _NYT 2020 GBP 1000.00
New York Times op-ed 900 words @ £1800 = (via #FairDealForFreelancers) _NYT 2020 GBP 2000.00
New York Times feature 1400 words @ $1000 = (via #FairDealForFreelancers) _NYT 2020 USD 714.00
New York Times column - travel (via #FairDealForFreelancers) _NYT 2020 USD 833.00
New York Times feature 1100 words @ $660 (via #FairDealForFreelancers) _NYT 2020 USD 600.00
New York Times op-ed _NYT 2020 USD 500.00
New York Times / International Herald Tribune article 1058 words _NYT 2013 EUR 500.00 X
New York Times international edition opinion piece (via #FairDealForFreelancers) _NYT 2020 USD 500.00
Newsroom NZ op-ed, 1500 words @ 150 New Zealand dollars (via #FairDealForFreelancers) 2020 GBP 80.00
Observer interview / profile 2500 words @ £780 = (via #FairDealForFreelancers) _GMG 2020 GBP 312.00
Observer news story 600 words @ $300 = (via #FairDealForFreelancers) _GMG 2020 USD 500.00
Observer online comment piece _GMG 2009 GBP 200.00 XX
Observer _GMG 1999 GBP 600.00 O
Observer Magazine essay on motherhood (via #FairDealForFreelancers) _GMG 2020 GBP 312.00
Observer Magazine feature 1800 words @ £720 = (via #FairDealForFreelancers) _GMG 2020 GBP 400.00
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 on Sunday fabulous lifestyle feature 1200 words @ £500 = (via #FairDealForFreelancers) _NI 2020 GBP 417.00
Sun<.i> Fabulous feature (via #FairDealForFreelancers) _NI 2020 GBP 250.00
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 product review and witty write up 400 words @ £250 = (via #FairDealForFreelancers) _MGN 2020 GBP 625.00
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 Magazine first person piece 'how it feels to...' 2000 words @ £400 = (via #FairDealForFreelancers) _NI 2020 GBP 200.00
Sunday Times Travel travel feature 1000 words @ £300 = (via #FairDealForFreelancers) _NI 2020 GBP 300.00
Sunday Times first-person lifestyle feature 1200 words @ £500 = (via #FairDealForFreelancers) _NI 2020 GBP 417.00
Sunday Times first person piece on taking part in coronavirus vaccine trial 1000 words @ £600 = (via #FairDealForFreelancers) _NI 2020 GBP 600.00
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
Sunday Times Style feature (via #FairDealForFreelancers) _NI 2020 GBP 333.00
Ta Nea 2500 words @ EUR250, OK by Greek standards 2007 EUR 100.00
Telegraph culture/comment (via #FairDealForFreelancers) _BarcB 2020 GBP 250.00
Telegraph online beauty feature - 800 words @ £150 = (via #FairDealForFreelancers) _BarcB 2020 GBP 187.00
Telegraph online feature interview 1500 words @ £300 = (via #FairDealForFreelancers) _BarcB 2020 GBP 200.00
Telegraph exclusive and breaking story about parallel lockdowns run by armed groups in the Colombian countryside - 5 days of research and verification - final article turned around in 24 hours after pitching - 600 words @ £120 = _BarcB 2020 GBP 200.00 XXXX
Telegraph 510-word article published on page 17 @ £100 = _BarcB 2020 GBP 196.00
Telegraph feature (via #FairDealForFreelancers) _BarcB 2020 GBP 300.00
Telegraph feature (via #FairDealForFreelancers) _BarcB 2020 GBP 250.00
Telegraph feature (via #FairDealForFreelancers) _BarcB 2020 GBP 2567.00
Telegraph feature (via #FairDealForFreelancers) _BarcB 2020 GBP 150.00
Telegraph feature (via #FairDealForFreelancers) _BarcB 2020 GBP 400.00
Telegraph first person real life feature 1200 words @ £360 = (via #FairDealForFreelancers) _BarcB 2020 GBP 300.00
Telegraph feature (via #FairDealForFreelancers) _BarcB 2020 GBP 250.00
Telegraph covering a premier league football match, 400 online + 800 for print (via #FairDealForFreelancers) _BarcB 2020 GBP 85.00
Telegraph culture story (via #FairDealForFreelancers) _BarcB 2020 GBP 333.00
Telegraph feature 1500 words @ £600 = (via #FairDealForFreelancers) _BarcB 2020 GBP 400.00
Telegraph news story 650 words @ £35p per word = (via #FairDealForFreelancers) _BarcB 2020 GBP 350.00
Telegraph op-ed 745 words @ £100 = (via #FairDealForFreelancers) _BarcB 2020 GBP 134.00
Telegraph travel feature - online 800 words @ £200 = (via #FairDealForFreelancers) _BarcB 2020 GBP 250.00
Telegraph travel feature 1500 words @ £525 = (via #FairDealForFreelancers) _BarcB 2020 GBP 350.00
Telegraph travel write up, 350-450 words (via #FairDealForFreelancers) _BarcB 2020 GBP 85.00 XXX
Telegraph op-ed 1000 words @ £100 = (via #FairDealForFreelancers) _BarcB 2020 GBP 100.00
Telegraph feature 900 words @ £315 = (via #FairDealForFreelancers) _BarcB 2020 GBP 350.00
Telegraph feature - online - first person 800 words @ £210 = (via #FairDealForFreelancers) _BarcB 2020 GBP 263.00
Telegraph travel piece 800 words @ £200 = (via #FairDealForFreelancers) _BarcB 2020 GBP 250.00
Telegraph sports feature, 1200 words - exclusive interview/profile with news peg _BarcB 2019 GBP 200.00
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 (Travel Branded Content) advertorial - 350 words @ £122 = (via #FairDealForFreelancers) _BarcB 2020 GBP 349.00
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 Art Newspaper 250-word news feature @ £100 = 2020 GBP 400.00
The Baltic Times 600 words @ £30 = 2016 EUR 50.00 XXX
The i paper opinion 600 words @ £125 = (via #FairDealForFreelancers) _Assoc 2020 GBP 208.00
The i paper op-ed 500 words @ £125 = (via #FairDealForFreelancers) _Assoc 2020 GBP 250.00
The i paper opinion piece 700 words @ £150 = (via #FairDealForFreelancers) _Assoc 2020 GBP 214.00
The i paper personal 700 words @ £150 = (via #FairDealForFreelancers) _Assoc 2020 GBP 214.00
The i paper opinion 700 words @ £150 = (via #FairDealForFreelancers) _Assoc 2020 GBP 214.00
The i paper feature 900 words @ £200 = (via #FairDealForFreelancers) _Assoc 2020 GBP 222.00
The i paper personal op-ed up to 800 words @ £153 = (via #FairDealForFreelancers) _Assoc 2020 GBP 191.00
The i paper feature 1200 words @ £180 = (via #FairDealForFreelancers) _Assoc 2020 GBP 150.00
The i paper feature 1000 words @ £200 = (via #FairDealForFreelancers) _Assoc 2020 GBP 200.00
The Japan Times interview, 500 words @ ¥4000 = (via #FairDealForFreelancers) 2020 GBP 58.00
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 first person experience piece 800 words @ £350 = (via #FairDealForFreelancers) _NI 2020 GBP 438.00
Times feature 1000 words @ £600 = (via #FairDealForFreelancers) _NI 2020 GBP 600.00
Times T2 feature / Interview up to (via #FairDealForFreelancers) _NI 2020 GBP 500.00
Times Saturday Magazine feature 2-3000 words (via #FairDealForFreelancers) _NI 2020 GBP 1000.00
Times feature 750 words @ £125 = (via #FairDealForFreelancers) _NI 2020 GBP 167.00
Times news 250 words @ £300 = (via #FairDealForFreelancers) _NI 2020 GBP 1200.00
Times 2000 words @ £150 = (via #FairDealForFreelancers) _NI 2020 GBP 75.00 XXXX
Times page lead near front of paper (via #FairDealForFreelancers) _NI 2020 GBP 150.00 XXX
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 1500 words @ £700 = (via #FairDealForFreelancers) _NI 2020 GBP 467.00
Wall Street Journal feature 1200 words @ $1200 = (via #FairDealForFreelancers) _NI 2020 USD 1000.00
Wall Street Journal feature for weekly section First US Serial, 'I think' _NI 2013 GBP 450.00 GR
Washington Post op-ed 900 words @ $300 = (via #FairDealForFreelancers) 2020 USD 333.00
Washington Post feature 1200 words @ $400 = (via #FairDealForFreelancers) 2020 USD 333.00
Washington Post feature (international / foreign desk) 1000 words @ $500 = (via #FairDealForFreelancers) 2020 USD 500.00
Washington Post reported feature 1200 words @ £500 = (via #FairDealForFreelancers) 2020 GBP 417.00
Washington Post op-ed 900 words @ $200 = (via #FairDealForFreelancers) 2020 USD 222.00
Weekly Telegraph _BarcB 2011 GBP 220.00 X
A newspaper in Ireland feature _ITtrust 2015 EUR 200.00 X
Africa Science News Service report - according to whopayswriters.com 2020 USD 1000.00
Al Jazeera English as reported to journoresources.org.uk 2020 USD 350.00
Australian newspapers reported standard rate AU$ 0.07per word see www.alliance.org.au 2009 GBP 327.00 GR
BBC The Boss (Business) (via #FairDealForFreelancers) _BBC 2020 GBP 335.00
BBC feature (via #FairDealForFreelancers) _BBC 2020 GBP 337.00
BBC feature (via #FairDealForFreelancers) _BBC 2020 GBP 335.00
BBC feature + photos 900 words @ £265 + expenses = (via #FairDealForFreelancers) 2020 GBP 294.00
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
BBC.com feature (via #FairDealForFreelancers) 2020 USD 430.00
CNN Style 1000 words - _CNN 2018 GBP 250.00
Deutsche Welle feature (via #FairDealForFreelancers) 2020 EUR 314.00
Deutsche Welle feature (via #FairDealForFreelancers) 2020 EUR 275.00
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 News op-ed 800 words @ $300 = (via #FairDealForFreelancers) 2020 USD 375.00
NBC The Grio up to _NBC 2012 USD 285.00
News International 200 words @ £300 _NI 2015 GBP 1500.00
News UK features 600 words @ £70 = (via #FairDealForFreelancers) _NI 2020 GBP 117.00
News UK feature 1000 words @ £350 = (via #FairDealForFreelancers) _NI 2020 GBP 350.00
Novara Media - 2018 GBP 50.00
 
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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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