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

Updated: 2022-07-19

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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Guardian USA features, according to Head of Narrative and Associate Editor Jessica Reed better 2022 USD 1000.00
Al Jazeera feature (history) 1100 words @ £300 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 273.00
Al Jazeera (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 USD 350.00
Al Jazeera news story 650 words @ $350 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 USD 538.00
Christian Science Monitor News feature 2021 USD 500.00 GR
Christian Science Monitor profile or interview - according to whopayswriters.com 2020 USD 360.00
Daily Mail Travel feature - city guide 1000 words @ £700 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 700.00
Daily Mail Inspire (Monday pages of Femail) first-person writing _Assoc 2020 GBP 500.00 GR O
Daily Mail feature up to (via #FreelancerPayGap) _Assoc 2020 GBP 444.00
Daily Mail Travel feature 800 words 800 words @ £700 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 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
Dow Jones - Barron's/Penta Mansion Global reported features, 3-4 sources (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 USD 500.00
El Pais feature 1000 words @ €120 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 EUR 120.00
Evening Standard op-ed 500 words @ £200 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) _EPL 2020 GBP 400.00
Express health case study for express yourself pages 750 words @ £450 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 600.00
Financial Times feature 1200 words @ £400 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) _Nikkei 2020 GBP 333.00
Financial Times feature _Nikkei 2021 GBP 333.00
Financial Times celebrity interview - 1200 words @ £400 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) _Nikkei 2020 GBP 333.00
Financial Times interview feature 1100 words @ £400 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) _Nikkei 2020 GBP 364.00
Financial Times piece for ongoing culture series (no reporting required) 800 words @ £300 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) _Nikkei 2020 GBP 375.00
Financial Times (Special Reports) feature 750 words @ £240 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) _Nikkei 2020 GBP 320.00
Financial Times Weekend Magazine feature - 3000 words @ £1260 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) _Nikkei 2020 GBP 420.00
Guardian / Observer features/interviews for g2, weekend, observer magazine, etc 1000 words @ £310 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) _GMG 2020 GBP 310.00
Guardian long read 5000 words @ £3500 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) _GMG 2020 GBP 700.00
Guardian long read 4500 words @ £2500 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) _GMG 2020 GBP 556.00
Guardian feature 800 words @ £243.57 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) _GMG 2020 GBP 304.00
Guardian feature 1000 words @ £310.68 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) _GMG 2020 GBP 311.00
Guardian feature 1200 words @ £370 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) _GMG 2020 GBP 308.00
Guardian feature 800 words @ £0.33 pence per word = (via #FreelancerPayGap) _GMG 2020 GBP 330.00
Guardian news story, 2 days investigation producing 1200 words @ £677.62 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) _GMG 2020 GBP 565.00
Guardian feature (via #FreelancerPayGap) _GMG 2020 GBP 312.00
Guardian US personal essay 1500 words @ $750 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) _GMG 2020 USD 500.00
Guardian US personal essay ~900 words @ $75 cents/word = (via #FreelancerPayGap) _GMG 2020 USD 750.00
Guardian features _GMG 2021 GBP 320.00
Guardian NUJ House Agreement minimum rate from 01/10/21 - 5 per cent rise on 2012 rate _GMG 2021 GBP 326.21 HA
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 #FreelancerPayGap) _GMG 2020 GBP 310.00
Guardian feature 800-1200 words @ 30p a word = (via #FreelancerPayGap) _GMG 2020 GBP 300.00
Guardian feature 700 words @ £200 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) _GMG 2020 GBP 286.00
Guardian feature 700 words @ £217.48 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) _GMG 2020 GBP 311.00
Guardian 1200 words @ £372 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) _GMG 2020 GBP 310.00
Guardian feature 2000 words @ £680 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) _GMG 2020 GBP 340.00
Guardian interview 1000 words @ £350 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) _GMG 2020 GBP 350.00
Guardian feature 1500 words @ £421 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) _GMG 2020 GBP 281.00
Guardian feature on the music desk - profiling and interviewing a musician 800 words @ £31p per word = (via #FreelancerPayGap) _GMG 2020 GBP 310.00
Guardian Travel feature 900 words @ £300 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) _GMG 2020 GBP 333.00
Guardian op-ed 750 words @ £270 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) _GMG 2020 GBP 360.00
Guardian feature 1200 words @ £375 (via #FreelancerPayGap) _GMG 2020 GBP 312.00
Guardian feature, claimed standard rate (via #FreelancerPayGap) _GMG 2020 GBP 310.00
Guardian news story 900 words @ £279 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) _GMG 2020 GBP 310.00
Guardian interview 1800 words @ £720 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) _GMG 2020 GBP 400.00
Guardian feature (via #FreelancerPayGap) _GMG 2020 GBP 300.00
Guardian interview 1000 words @ £200 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) _GMG 2020 GBP 200.00
Guardian travel feature 1000 words @ £310 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) _GMG 2020 GBP 310.00
Guardian feature - 1500 words @ $546 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) _GMG 2020 USD 364.00
Guardian long read 5000 words @ £2500 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) _GMG 2020 GBP 500.00
Guardian long read 5000 words @ £2000 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) _GMG 2020 GBP 400.00
Guardian feature 700 words @ £250 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) _GMG 2020 GBP 357.00
Guardian short essay 900 words @ £350 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) _GMG 2020 GBP 389.00
Guardian long read 5500 words @ £2000 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) _GMG 2020 GBP 364.00
Guardian feature 1500 words @ £416.93 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) _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 (Guardian Labs - sponsored content) Interview / profile (via #FreelancerPayGap) _GMG 2020 GBP 350.00
Guardian Labs commissioned interview and profile of one person (via #FreelancerPayGap) _GMG 2020 GBP 350.00
Guardian USA features, according to Head of Narrative and Associate Editor Jessica Reed from 2022 USD 600.00
Guardian Weekend feature - nearly 4000 words @ £1240 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) _GMG 2020 GBP 310.00
i paper feature 2021 GBP 250.00
i paper Feature, 900 words @ £225 = 2021 GBP 250.00
i paper news or feature pieces, up to... _Assoc 2021 GBP 250.00 GR
i paper opinion 600 words @ £125 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) _Assoc 2020 GBP 208.00
i paper book review (via #FreelancerPayGap) _Assoc 2020 GBP 250.00
i paper op-ed 500 words @ £125 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) _Assoc 2020 GBP 250.00
i paper opinion piece 700 words @ £150 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) _Assoc 2020 GBP 214.00
i paper personal 700 words @ £150 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) _Assoc 2020 GBP 214.00
i paper opinion 700 words @ £150 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) _Assoc 2020 GBP 214.00
i paper feature 900 words @ £200 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) _Assoc 2020 GBP 222.00
i paper personal op-ed up to 800 words @ £153 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) _Assoc 2020 GBP 191.00
i paper 1200 words @ £200 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) _Assoc 2020 GBP 167.00
i paper feature 1200 words @ £180 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) _Assoc 2020 GBP 150.00
i paper feature 1000 words @ £200 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) _Assoc 2020 GBP 200.00
Independent feature 1000 words @ £200 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) _Lebedev 2020 GBP 200.00
Independent op-ed 600 words @ £75 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) _Lebedev 2020 GBP 125.00
Independent op-ed 600 words @ £75 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) _Lebedev 2020 GBP 125.00
Independent op-ed 800 words @ £100 negotiated up from £80 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) _Lebedev 2020 GBP 125.00
Independent travel feature 1000 words @ £180 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) _Lebedev 2020 GBP 180.00
Independent travel feature 800 words @ £160 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) _Lebedev 2020 GBP 200.00
Independent opinion 700 words @ £125 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) _Lebedev 2020 GBP 179.00
Independent op ed 900 words @ £80 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) _Lebedev 2020 GBP 89.00
Independent feature for foreign desk 800 words @ £250 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) _Lebedev 2020 GBP 313.00
Independent feature (via #FreelancerPayGap) _Lebedev 2020 GBP 125.00
Independent article about coronavirus vaccine trial - 800 words @ £125 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) _Lebedev 2020 GBP 156.00
Independent comment piece - 700 words @ £130 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) _Lebedev 2020 GBP 186.00
Independent comment piece (via #FreelancerPayGap) _Lebedev 2020 GBP 100.00
iNews feature (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 231.00
Mail Online Femail feature Length not stipulated but ended up filing about 1,000 words @ £ = (via #FreelancerPayGap) _Assoc 2020 GBP 120.00
Metro.co.uk feature up to (via #FreelancerPayGap) _Assoc 2020 GBP 120.00
Metro travel piece 500 words @ £100 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) _Assoc 2020 GBP 200.00
Metro Feature - 1400 words @ £220 (via #FreelancerPayGap) _Assoc 2020 GBP 157.00
Mirror news story 600 words @ £750 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) _MGN 2020 GBP 1250.00 O
New York Times essay for the opinion pages in late 2019 (via #FreelancerPayGap) _NYT 2020 USD 1000.00
New York Times reported article 1600 words @ $1600 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) _NYT 2020 USD 1000.00
New York Times feature $1 a word = (via #FreelancerPayGap) _NYT 2020 GBP 795.00
New York Times profile 1200 words @ £460 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) _NYT 2020 GBP 383.00
New York Times how-to for the style section 1200 words @ £1200 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) _NYT 2020 USD 1000.00
New York Times op-ed 900 words @ $1800 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) _NYT 2020 USD 2000.00
New York Times feature 1400 words @ $1000 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) _NYT 2020 USD 714.00
New York Times column - travel (via #FreelancerPayGap) _NYT 2020 USD 833.00
New York Times feature 1100 words @ $660 (via #FreelancerPayGap) _NYT 2020 USD 600.00
New York Times op-ed _NYT 2020 USD 500.00
New York Times international edition opinion piece (via #FreelancerPayGap) _NYT 2020 USD 500.00
New Zealand Herald Saturday Mag long features at 600 NZ dollars per thousand = approx 2021 GBP 300.00
Newsroom NZ op-ed, 1500 words @ 150 New Zealand dollars (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 80.00
Observer interview / profile 2500 words @ £780 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) _GMG 2020 GBP 312.00
Observer news story 600 words @ $300 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) _GMG 2020 USD 500.00
Observer Magazine essay on motherhood (via #FreelancerPayGap) _GMG 2020 GBP 312.00
Observer Magazine feature 1800 words @ £720 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) _GMG 2020 GBP 400.00
South China Morning Post articles for the Design section, published in print and online - (do not know what uses licensed) HK$ 2500 = 2022 GBP 243.00 GR
Sun on Sunday fabulous lifestyle feature 1200 words @ £500 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) _NI 2020 GBP 417.00
Sun/i> Fabulous feature (via #FreelancerPayGap) _NI 2020 GBP 250.00
Sunday Mirror product review and witty write up 400 words @ £250 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) _MGN 2020 GBP 625.00
Sunday Times Magazine first person piece 'how it feels to...' 2000 words @ £400 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) _NI 2020 GBP 200.00
Sunday Times Travel travel feature 1000 words @ £300 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) _NI 2020 GBP 300.00
Sunday Times Arts writing _NI 2020 GBP 400.00 GR
Sunday Times first-person lifestyle feature 1200 words @ £500 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) _NI 2020 GBP 417.00
Sunday Times first person piece on taking part in coronavirus vaccine trial 1000 words @ £600 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) _NI 2020 GBP 600.00
Sunday Times Style feature (via #FreelancerPayGap) _NI 2020 GBP 333.00
Telegraph culture/comment (via #FreelancerPayGap) _BarcB 2020 GBP 250.00
Telegraph online beauty feature - 800 words @ £150 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) _BarcB 2020 GBP 187.00
Telegraph online feature interview 1500 words @ £300 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) _BarcB 2020 GBP 200.00
Telegraph 900 words @ £500 - terms: all rights _BarcB 2021 GBP 555.00 GR O
Telegraph 510-word article published on page 17 @ £100 = _BarcB 2020 GBP 196.00
Telegraph feature (via #FreelancerPayGap) _BarcB 2020 GBP 300.00
Telegraph feature (via #FreelancerPayGap) _BarcB 2020 GBP 250.00
Telegraph feature (via #FreelancerPayGap) _BarcB 2020 GBP 2567.00
Telegraph feature (via #FreelancerPayGap) _BarcB 2020 GBP 400.00
Telegraph first person real life feature 1200 words @ £360 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) _BarcB 2020 GBP 300.00
Telegraph feature (via #FreelancerPayGap) _BarcB 2020 GBP 250.00
Telegraph culture story (via #FreelancerPayGap) _BarcB 2020 GBP 333.00
Telegraph feature 1500 words @ £600 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) _BarcB 2020 GBP 400.00
Telegraph news story 650 words @ £35p per word = (via #FreelancerPayGap) _BarcB 2020 GBP 350.00
Telegraph travel feature - online 800 words @ £200 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) _BarcB 2020 GBP 250.00
Telegraph travel feature 1500 words @ £525 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) _BarcB 2020 GBP 350.00
Telegraph feature 900 words @ £315 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) _BarcB 2020 GBP 350.00
Telegraph feature - online - first person 800 words @ £210 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) _BarcB 2020 GBP 263.00
Telegraph travel piece 800 words @ £200 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) _BarcB 2020 GBP 250.00
Telegraph (Travel Branded Content) advertorial - 350 words @ £122 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) _BarcB 2020 GBP 349.00
The Japan Times interview, 500 words @ ¥4000 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 58.00
Times Writing one obituary _NI 2021 GBP 250.00 GR
Times first person experience piece 800 words @ £350 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) _NI 2020 GBP 438.00
Times feature 1000 words @ £600 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) _NI 2020 GBP 600.00
Times T2 feature / Interview up to (via #FreelancerPayGap) _NI 2020 GBP 500.00
Times Saturday Magazine feature 2-3000 words (via #FreelancerPayGap) _NI 2020 GBP 1000.00
Times news 250 words @ £300 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) _NI 2020 GBP 1200.00
Wall Street Journal feature 1500 words @ £700 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) _NI 2020 GBP 467.00
Wall Street Journal feature 1200 words @ $1200 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) _NI 2020 USD 1000.00
Washington Post op-ed 900 words @ $300 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 USD 333.00
Washington Post feature 1200 words @ $400 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 USD 333.00
Washington Post feature (international / foreign desk) 1000 words @ $500 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 USD 500.00
Washington Post reported feature 1200 words @ £500 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 USD 417.00
Washington Post op-ed 900 words @ $200 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 USD 222.00
Africa Science News Service report - according to whopayswriters.com 2020 USD 1000.00
Al Jazeera feature (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 273.00
Al Jazeera feature (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 USD 300.00
Al Jazeera English as reported to journoresources.org.uk 2020 USD 350.00
BBC 2021 GBP 335.00
BBC The Boss (Business) (via #FreelancerPayGap) _BBC 2020 GBP 335.00
BBC feature (via #FreelancerPayGap) _BBC 2020 GBP 337.00
BBC feature (via #FreelancerPayGap) _BBC 2020 GBP 335.00
BBC.com feature (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 USD 430.00
CNN feature - 1200 words @ $600 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) _CNN 2020 USD 500.00
Deutsche Welle feature (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 EUR 314.00
Deutsche Welle feature (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 EUR 275.00
NBC News op-ed 800 words @ $300 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 USD 375.00
News UK feature 1000 words @ £350 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) _NI 2020 GBP 350.00
 
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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