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

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 / news

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

If you are interested, the archived rates are here.

* 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
Christian Science Monitor profile or interview - according to whopayswriters.com 2020 USD 360.00
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
FT Weekend review 2019 GBP 460.00
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 weekend The Secret to... - 350 words @ £200 = _GMG 2018 GBP 571.00
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 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
Irish Times 800 words @ £ 140 = _ITtrust 2017 GBP 175.00
Mail on Sunday Celebrity Q+A 1400 words @ £450 - _Assoc 2018 GBP 321.00
Mail on Sunday news _Assoc 2018 GBP 400.00
New York Times op-ed _NYT 2020 USD 500.00
Sunday Express news feature 2018 GBP 550.00 GR
Sunday Times Celebrity Q+A 1200 words @ £400 - _NI 2018 GBP 333.00
Sunday Times news story _NI 2017 GBP 1062.00 O
Telegraph sports feature, 1200 words - exclusive interview/profile with news peg _BarcB 2019 GBP 200.00
Telegraph 1200 words @ £480 = 2017 GBP 400.00
Telegraph supplements subbing day (7hrs) paid time off on top _BarcB 2017 GBP 150.00 XX
Times Feature - freelance retained copyright _NI 2018 GBP 750.00 O
Times feature in Register section - _NI 2018 GBP 250.00
Times supplement _NI 2018 GBP 350.00
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
CNN Style 1000 words - _CNN 2018 GBP 250.00
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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