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

Updated: 2023-02-13

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 / regional

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

* Tell us what you've been paid for Words, per 1000 / regional * Freelance Fees Guide
Publication / Programme - details & terms Group Year currency Total paid GR
Barnet Press reporting day (7 hours) _Tindle 2016 GBP 110.00
Belfast Telegraph arts interview (page lead) _INM 2004 GBP 57.00 XX
Belfast Telegraph _INM 2000 GBP 66.67 X
Belfast Telegraph _INM 1999 GBP 66.67 XX
Brighton Argus _NQ 1998 GBP 70.00
Brighton Argus _NQ 1997 GBP 85.00
Brighton Argus _NQ 1997 GBP 70.00
Bristol Evening Post leader article _Assoc 2005 GBP 35.00 XXX
Chichester Observer _Johnsto 2005 GBP 30.00 XXX
Croydon Advertiser _SouthN 1998 GBP 125.00
Eastern Daily Press offered for one-off feature no licence specified _ECN 2006 GBP 75.00 XX
Evening Herald (Ireland) feature expenses negotiable; will pay extra €50 if writer commissions a snapper _INM 2006 EUR 250.00 GR
Evening Press York 650-word column _NQ 2002 GBP 61.59
Ham+High (flat rate for 1000-1500 words) _ECN 1995 GBP 70.00
Hertfordshire Life copyright assigne to customer, no expenses _ECN 2015 GBP 100.00 X
Ilford Recorder £25 for 500 words plus photo and diagram _ECN 2009 GBP 50.00
Isle of Wight County Press feature expenses paid 51 pence per mile __misc 2007 GBP 80.00
Leamington Courier feature plus 10 digital pics _Johnsto 2006 GBP 100.00 XXX
Leicester Mercury _Assoc 1995 GBP 90.00
Living South _ECN 2009 GBP 150.00 GR X
Londonlite gig preview _Assoc 2006 GBP 300.00
Londonlite gig review _Assoc 2006 GBP 214.00 X
Londonlite 250 word live music review for £75 = _Assoc 2006 GBP 300.00 X
Luton On Sunday short feature 2016 GBP 143.00 X
Stratford Herald offered for feature, not accepted 2004 GBP 50.00 X
Stratford Herald magazine initiating idea, researching, writing , prod/exes 32p per mile petrol 2010 GBP 115.50 X
Sunday Herald exclusive feature about the 2022 World Cup , terms FBS, no expenses _NQ 2012 GBP 90.00 XXXX
Sunday Post column _DCT 1995 GBP 167.00
Surrey Life feature (via #FreelancerPayGap) _ECN 2020 GBP 200.00
The Bristol Cable feature (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 133.00
The Hill _ECN 2009 GBP 150.00 GR X
Tuam Herald (Co. Galway) __misc 2008 GBP 70.00 XX
Western Daily Press feature _Assoc 2005 GBP 120.00 GR
Western Daily Press _Assoc 2007 GBP 100.00 XX
Western Daily Press feature - exes 'depend on how much they want the piece' _Assoc 2005 GBP 150.00
Western Daily Press _Assoc 2004 GBP 200.00
Western Daily Press _Assoc 2004 GBP 125.00
Western Mail 2000 word piece @ £100 _TMG 2008 GBP 50.00 XXX
Western Mail reviews _TMG 2007 GBP 100.00 XX
Western Mail arts reviews 600 words for £50 _TMG 2007 GBP 83.00 XX
Westminster News (Sketch News) 2007 GBP 150.00
Yorkshire Post 1200 word feature @ £150 _Johnsto 2014 GBP 125.00
Yorkshire Post 1200 word feature @ £150 _Johnsto 2014 GBP 125.00
Yorkshire Post arts/concert reviews 250 words @ 21.99 + travel 30p mile _Johnsto 2007 GBP 87.96 GR XXX
Yorkshire Post words after the 55th _INM 2005 GBP 32.50 XXXX
Yorkshire Post first 55 words £2.31 _INM 2005 GBP 42.00 XXXX
Archant feature (via #FreelancerPayGap) _ECN 2020 GBP 150.00
Archant regional paper offered for double-page spread with choice among 8 pix - refused! _ECN 2008 GBP 60.00 XXXX
Irish regional papers column 2009 GBP 120.00
Northcliffe Media Christmas TV Guide 1800 words @ £500 _Assoc 2011 GBP 277.78
Trinity Mirror Group writing no contract _TMG 2004 GBP 100.00 GR XX
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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Shifts News Local Mag online Book PR Other
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