[NUJ.LFB] NUJ Rate for the Job:
Recently reported rates / all

Updated: 20 August 2015

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" 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.

^ Recently reported rates / all work

These are Rates for the Job reported in the past few months, sorted by type of work and sector of journalism. See:

Some of the above are subdivided into books, mags, news, online, other, PR and regional sectors. Keep on paging down...

If no-one has recently reported any rates in a category, you see just the headers, thus:

* Tell us what you've been paid for Recently reported rates / all work * Freelance Fees Guide
Publication/Programme - details & terms        Group Year ¤ Basic fee Extras

^ Broadcasting / news

Completists may want to see a few older rates. Includes punditry: for non-broadcast punditry see here.

* Tell us what you've been paid for Broadcasting / news * Freelance Fees Guide
Publication/Programme - details & terms        Group Year ¤ Basic fee Extras
BBC News Channel 5-min expert pundit TV interview _BBC 2015 GBP 75 GR
BBC Radio 5 Live 3 minutes talking about Belgium (World Cup punditry) _BBC 2015 GBP 100
BBC Radio 5 Live 5 minutes broadcast from Belgium-Wales gamme in World Cup _BBC 2015 GBP 30 XXX
BBC TV News channel Pundit/expert interview in studio, supposed to be three mins, became 10 _BBC 2015 GBP 75 X
Major UK broadcaster producing a series of programmes, per week, negotiated up from £1200 per week , terms Plus expenses 2015 GBP 1400 0
Radio France "On the Spot" radio documentaries creating a 4 minute radio documentary program (pitching, writing, recording, editing). Ideally 1 full day of work, realistically 1.5 to 2 days of work. expenses paid for travel outside of city limits only. 2015 EUR 80 GR X

^ Broadcasting / other

Any kind of work for TV or radio programmes other than news. Includes, for the moment, podcasting - whether of newspaper, magazine or broadcast content. Completists may want to see a few older rates. Includes punditry: for non-broadcast punditry see here.

* Tell us what you've been paid for Broadcasting / other * Freelance Fees Guide
Publication/Programme - details & terms        Group Year ¤ Basic fee Extras
Forum-style chaired crowd debate programme "Expert" pundit on debate prog, fares paid _ITN 2015 GBP 75 X
Radio 4 Great Lives programme appearance as expert/pundit _BBC 2015 GBP 300
corporate video daily rate (hours range from 9-14 a day), producing and directing corporate and education films no holiday pay, no agreement on rights in work created, expenses paid separately _HMG 2015 GBP 300

^ Broadcasting / regional

Any kind of work for broadcast (TV or radio) regional news. See also national news. Includes punditry: for non-broadcast punditry see here.

* Tell us what you've been paid for Broadcasting / regional * Freelance Fees Guide
Publication/Programme - details & terms        Group Year ¤ Basic fee Extras
BBC Radio Lancashire reporting/producing day (house agreement says £129 for more experienced journalists and £89 for beginners) _BBC 2015 GBP 86 HA XX
BBC Radio Lancashire reporting/producing day _BBC 2015 GBP 86 HA

^ Cartoons / all

* Tell us what you've been paid for Cartoons / all * Freelance Fees Guide
Publication/Programme - details & terms        Group Year ¤ Basic fee Extras

^ Crosswords / all

* Tell us what you've been paid for Crosswords / all * Freelance Fees Guide
Publication/Programme - details & terms        Group Year ¤ Basic fee Extras

^ Illustrations / all

* Tell us what you've been paid for Illustrations / all * Freelance Fees Guide
Publication/Programme - details & terms        Group Year ¤ Basic fee Extras
Time double-page spread, overnight turnaround , no exes first use _AOLTW 2015 USD 1800 0 GR O

^ Photography / books

Photography, whether paid by the day, the hour or per picture, whose primary purpose is to put pix in a book.

* Tell us what you've been paid for Photography / books * Freelance Fees Guide
Publication/Programme - details & terms        Group Year ¤ Basic fee Extras
Single A5 image in exhibition catalogue per picture usage 2015 GBP 165

^ Photography / mags

Photography - whether paid by the day, the hour or per picture - whose primary use is in a magazine. (Generic rates for publishing groups appear at the end.) Completists may want to see the older rates for some publications listed here.

* Tell us what you've been paid for Photography / mags * Freelance Fees Guide
Publication/Programme - details & terms        Group Year ¤ Basic fee Extras
Health Service Journal day expenses paid _TU 2015 GBP 260
Health Service Journal Half-day expenses paid _TU 2015 GBP 160
Nursing Standard half-day expenses paid _TU 2015 GBP 160
Which? half-day 2015 GBP 220

^ Photography / news

Photography - whether paid by the day, the hour or per picture - whose primary use is in a national newspaper. (Generic rates for publishing groups appear at the end.) Completists may want to see the older rates for some publications listed here. See also regional newspapers.

* Tell us what you've been paid for Photography / news * Freelance Fees Guide
Publication/Programme - details & terms        Group Year ¤ Basic fee Extras
Daily Mail unauthorised use - first offered £130 _Assoc 2015 GBP 200

^ Photography / online

Photography, whether paid by the day, the hour or per picture, whose primary purpose is for online publication.

* Tell us what you've been paid for Photography / online * Freelance Fees Guide
Publication/Programme - details & terms        Group Year ¤ Basic fee Extras
Southport Reporter music events 6 images _INM 2015 GBP 0 0 XXXX

^ Photography / other

Photography, whether paid by the day, the hour or per picture, that's not for newspapers, magazines, books, PR or online publications.

* Tell us what you've been paid for Photography / other * Freelance Fees Guide
Publication/Programme - details & terms        Group Year ¤ Basic fee Extras
Sky TV Poster pic for Sky TV drama dept 2015 GBP 80000 O
Sky TV Day for Sky TV drama dept _NI 2015 GBP 500 O

^ Photography / pr

Public Relations work should attract much higher rates than reporting work, even for the same client. So ask what the pictures are for! (Also try Photography / other.)

* Tell us what you've been paid for Photography / pr * Freelance Fees Guide
Publication/Programme - details & terms        Group Year ¤ Basic fee Extras

^ Photography / regional

Photography - whether paid by the day, the hour or per picture - whose primary use is in a regional newspaper. (Generic rates for publishing groups appear at the end.) See also national papers.

* Tell us what you've been paid for Photography / regional * Freelance Fees Guide
Publication/Programme - details & terms        Group Year ¤ Basic fee Extras
Belfast Telegraph image use per photo online _INM 2015 GBP 15 GR XX
Redditch Standard Photography per day, no exes 2015 GBP 100 GR XXX
Weekly Local Newspaper (various editions in Hants/Surrey) day, prod/exes 0.34p per mile for petrol (plus they sell pics to public and no commission to photographer!) _Tindle 2015 GBP 50 0 GR XXX

^ Punditry / not broadcast

Being interviewed as an expert and punditry in general. Except, for historical reasons, the majority of this work, which is done for broadcasters - see Broadcasting / news, Broadcasting / regional and Broadcasting / other. There, going rates apply - see the Fees Guide link. Here, negotiations are wide open.

* Tell us what you've been paid for Punditry / not broadcast * Freelance Fees Guide
Publication/Programme - details & terms        Group Year ¤ Basic fee Extras
South Bank Centre expert panel discussion participant 90 mins, exes £60 + _HMG 2015 GBP 300
University in UK One hour talk followed by Q&A up to one hour £60/day subsistence + £250 max travel expenses 2015 GBP 150

^ Retainers / all

* Tell us what you've been paid for Retainers / all * Freelance Fees Guide
Publication/Programme - details & terms        Group Year ¤ Basic fee Extras

^ Shifts / books

* Tell us what you've been paid for Shifts / books * Freelance Fees Guide
Publication/Programme - details & terms        Group Year ¤ Basic fee Extras
HarperCollins Copy-editing per hour - member quoted Fees Guide rate and got it _NI 2015 GBP 24

^ Shifts / mags

Writing and editing work for magazines, paid by the day or the hour. Mostly sub-editing: checking and proofreading copy and making it fit the house style and design. (Actual publication/programme names appear before publishers and generic rates. The 'extras' column is irrelevant for subbing shifts.) Completists may want to see the older rates for some publications listed here.

* Tell us what you've been paid for Shifts / mags * Freelance Fees Guide
Publication/Programme - details & terms        Group Year ¤ Basic fee Extras
Cassari (what?) live interview per hour 2015 GBP 120
GQ subbing day _CondN 2015 GBP 125
Men's Fitness subbing day _Dennis 2015 GBP 135
Nature per day, work not specified _Holtzb 2015 GBP 200
NME subbing day _IPC 2015 GBP 110 X
Soaplife subbing day _IPC 2015 GBP 120 GR XXX

^ Shifts / news

Writing and editing work for national newspapers, paid by the day or the hour. Mostly sub-editing: checking and proofreading copy and making it fit the house style and design. (Actual publication/programme names appear before publishers and generic rates. The 'extras' column is irrelevant for subbing shifts.) Completists may want to see the older rates for some publications listed here. See also regional newspapers.

* Tell us what you've been paid for Shifts / news * Freelance Fees Guide
Publication/Programme - details & terms        Group Year ¤ Basic fee Extras
Daily Mirror 9am to 5pm Sunday reporting da _TMG 2015 GBP 185 GR
Daily Star Online online reporting day - sourcing, writing and publishing stories and photos; typical 9am to 5pm weekend shift but staffer shifts are rota'd 7am to 3pm or 3pm to 11pm on weekdays and 9am to 5pm or 3pm to 11pm at weekends _NS 2015 GBP 118 GR XXX
Daily Star subbing day (10am to 6pm weekday / 9am to 5pm weekend) _NS 2015 GBP 118 GR XXX
Daily Telegraph subbing day (8h) _BarcB 2015 GBP 135
Guardian subbing day (7h) _GMG 2015 GBP 185
Independent online reporting day _Lebedev 2015 GBP 85 XXXX
Mail Online subbing day, 9 hours, including night shifts _Assoc 2015 GBP 100 GR XXXX
Mirror online subbing day, 8 hours - worrying! taxed at source _TMG 2015 GBP 100 GR XXXX
Sunday Times 5pm to 2am night reporting shift , prod/exes 20 £20 taxi allowance bumps claimed shift rate up to... £200 _NI 2015 GBP 180 GR O
The Times subbing day _NI 2015 GBP 150
Associated Press long production day - 11 hours _AP 2015 GBP 242

^ Shifts / online

Writing and editing work primarily for online-only use, paid by the day or the hour. (The 'extras' column is irrelevant for subbing shifts. For writing, it would refer to additional print use.) August 2012: We've moved rates for online editions of newspapers and magazines into the 'news' or 'mags' listings.

* Tell us what you've been paid for Shifts / online * Freelance Fees Guide
Publication/Programme - details & terms        Group Year ¤ Basic fee Extras
Government per day (doing what?) _HMG 2015 GBP 250 GR
NME Subbing or writing shifts on new online version, in office (less if work at home) (f IPC contract offered, read carefully!) _IPC 2015 GBP 90 XXX
NME online 4pm-midnight at home (weekends) _IPC 2015 GBP 85 XXXX
NME online 8am-4pm working at home _IPC 2015 GBP 70 XXXX
Pub and B&B website per day for website design all rights in edited / created webcontent 2015 GBP 197

^ Shifts / other

Work paid by the day or the hour that's not for newspapers, magazines, books, PR or online publications. (The 'extras' column is irrelevant for subbing shifts.)

* Tell us what you've been paid for Shifts / other * Freelance Fees Guide
Publication/Programme - details & terms        Group Year ¤ Basic fee Extras
BBC Wales researcher day (9 hours) _BBC 2015 GBP 106 GR XXX
European NGO per day, work not specified 2015 EUR 300

^ Shifts / pr

See also Shifts / other... the 'extras' column is irrelevant for subbing shifts.

* Tell us what you've been paid for Shifts / pr * Freelance Fees Guide
Publication/Programme - details & terms        Group Year ¤ Basic fee Extras

^ Shifts / regional

Writing and editing work for regional newspapers, paid by the day or the hour. Mostly sub-editing: checking and proofreading copy and making it fit the house style and design. (Actual publication/programme names appear before publishers and generic rates. The 'extras' column is irrelevant for subbing shifts.)
See also national papers.

* Tell us what you've been paid for Shifts / regional * Freelance Fees Guide
Publication/Programme - details & terms        Group Year ¤ Basic fee Extras
South London Press reporting day no expenses _Tindle 2015 GBP 100 GR X

^ Teaching / all

* Tell us what you've been paid for Teaching / all * Freelance Fees Guide
Publication/Programme - details & terms        Group Year ¤ Basic fee Extras
A writers' association day teaching 2015 GBP 450 O
University in UK Two-hour group activity £60/day subsistence + £250 max travel expenses 2015 GBP 250
Private Eye 20-word tip-off 2015 GBP 10 X

^ Tip-offs / news

* Tell us what you've been paid for Tip-offs / news * Freelance Fees Guide
Publication/Programme - details & terms        Group Year ¤ Basic fee Extras

^ Translation / all

* Tell us what you've been paid for Translation / all * Freelance Fees Guide
Publication/Programme - details & terms        Group Year ¤ Basic fee Extras

^ Words, other / books

Words whose primary purpose is to appear in a book. We'll worry about how to tabulate royalty deals when you send some.

* Tell us what you've been paid for Words, other / books * Freelance Fees Guide
Publication/Programme - details & terms        Group Year ¤ Basic fee Extras

^ Words, other / mags

Work for which we have no rate-per-thousand-words, whose primary use is in a magazine. Completists may want to see the older rates for some publications listed here.

* Tell us what you've been paid for Words, other / mags * Freelance Fees Guide
Publication/Programme - details & terms        Group Year ¤ Basic fee Extras
mbr (Mountain Bike Rider) per piece? All rights _IPC 2015 GBP 75 0
The Green Parent Parenting article 1300 words @ £ = , terms no pics 2015 GBP 75

^ Words, other / news

Work for which we have no rate-per-thousand-words, whose primary use is in a national newspaper. See also regional papers.

* Tell us what you've been paid for Words, other / news * Freelance Fees Guide
Publication/Programme - details & terms        Group Year ¤ Basic fee Extras
Mail On Sunday page lead news story _Assoc 2015 GBP 500 O
The Sun feature spread _NI 2015 GBP 1500 O
A serious Irish newspaper 300 - 400 word property reviews 2015 EUR 150 GR

^ Words, other / online

August 2012: We've moved rates for online editions of newspapers and magazines into the 'news' or 'mags' listings.

* Tell us what you've been paid for Words, other / online * Freelance Fees Guide
Publication/Programme - details & terms        Group Year ¤ Basic fee Extras
Cycling Weekly Online Writing All rights _AOLTW 2015 GBP 60 0 XX
Pitchfork Op-Ed with a little reporting, regardless of word count Work For Hire - US for "all rights" & worse 2015 USD 150 0
Choose.net Consumer news writing, per piece, no exes all rights 2015 GBP 30 0 GR XXX
EasyJet website Regular 400 word city guides all rights _Ink 2015 GBP 42 0 GR XXXX
Website (unnamed) writing and editing per 300 words 2015 GBP 30

^ Words, other / other

Work paid by the piece, for example, that's not for newspapers, magazines, books, PR or online publications.

* Tell us what you've been paid for Words, other / other * Freelance Fees Guide
Publication/Programme - details & terms        Group Year ¤ Basic fee Extras

^ Words, other / pr

Writing for Public Relations should attract much higher rates than reporting. There's the 'selling your soul' aspect... But, practically, there's the time it takes. PR clients love meetings. Lots of them. Long ones. Meetings are what they do. (Also try Words, other / other.)

* Tell us what you've been paid for Words, other / pr * Freelance Fees Guide
Publication/Programme - details & terms        Group Year ¤ Basic fee Extras

^ Words, other / regional

Work for which we have no rate-per-thousand-words, whose primary use is in a regional newspaper. See also national papers.

* Tell us what you've been paid for Words, other / regional * Freelance Fees Guide
Publication/Programme - details & terms        Group Year ¤ Basic fee Extras

^ Words, per 1000 / books

Work paid by the thousand words, whose primary use is in a book. Only do this if the rate is good and you expect sales to be minimal. Otherwise, go for royalties. Percent of gross, my child, always remember percent of gross sales.

* Tell us what you've been paid for Words, per 1000 / books * Freelance Fees Guide
Publication/Programme - details & terms        Group Year ¤ Basic fee Extras

^ Words, per 1000 / mags

Work paid by the thousand words, whose primary use is in a magazine. (Generic rates for publishing groups appear at the end.) Completists may want to see the older rates for some publications listed here.

* Tell us what you've been paid for Words, per 1000 / mags * Freelance Fees Guide
Publication/Programme - details & terms        Group Year ¤ Basic fee Extras
Cycle Sport , terms All rights _AOLTW 2015 GBP 150 0 X
Access magazine feature, 1400 words @ £130 2015 GBP 93
Backpass magazine features 2015 GBP 45 XX
Catworld _Ashdown 2015 GBP 30 XXX
Classic Pop features paid £60 per page, approx 500 words , terms vary, sometimes 3 months exclusivity _Anthem 2015 GBP 120 XXX
Cyclist All rights _Dennis 2015 GBP 275 0
Early Years Educator Education article one use only 2015 GBP 100 0 GR
Good Housekeeping feature writer retained copyright _NatMag 2015 GBP 666 O
Loaded short feature _IPC 2015 GBP 166 X
Mixmag music writing _DH 2015 GBP 250 O
Petroleum Economist features, max 2000 words _Assoc 2015 GBP 350
Songlines plus 2 photos real payoff was trip to Lithuania for other work 2015 GBP 100
Stylist 500 word feature @ £200 all rights 2015 GBP 400 0
The Humanist feature 2015 GBP 550 O
Uncut feature _IPC 2015 GBP 170 X
Uncut feature _IPC 2015 GBP 143 XX
When Saturday Comes __misc 2015 GBP 215 GR X
Woman's Own 750 word feature (no pics) @ £150 _BarcB 2015 GBP 200
World of Animals 2000 word travel article - turned down! 2015 GBP 125 GR XX
3Fox International feature no expenses _3Fox 2015 GBP 200 GR

^ Words, per 1000 / news

Work paid by the thousand words, whose primary use is in a national newspaper. Completists may want to see the older rates for some publications listed here. See also regional newspapers.

* Tell us what you've been paid for Words, per 1000 / news * Freelance Fees Guide
Publication/Programme - details & terms        Group Year ¤ Basic fee Extras
BiJ (what?) interactie thingy 2015 GBP 900
Daily Mail 100 words @ £75 _Assoc 2015 GBP 750
Daily Mail 1200 words @ £350 _Assoc 2015 GBP 292
Evenig Standard 500 words @ £150 _Lebedev 2015 GBP 300
Guardian 1500-ish words @ £464 _GMG 2015 GBP 309
Guardian all in online and print - for which agreed minimum is £310.68 _GMG 2015 GBP 215 XX
Independent _Lebedev 2015 GBP 200 XX
Jane's _IHS 2015 GBP 220
Los Angeles Times said to to have been the going rate for a while... _Tribune 2015 USD 500 GR
Mail on Sunday 200 words @ £200 _Assoc 2015 GBP 1000
Mail on Sunday 350 words @ £150 _Assoc 2015 GBP 429
The Mirror feature _TMG 2015 GBP 1000 O
News International 200 words @ £300 _NI 2015 GBP 1500

^ Words, per 1000 / online

August 2012: We've moved rates for online editions of newspapers and magazines into the 'news' or 'mags' listings, as newspapers and magazines integrate print and online. These should be rates for purely-digital publications.

* Tell us what you've been paid for Words, per 1000 / online * Freelance Fees Guide
Publication/Programme - details & terms        Group Year ¤ Basic fee Extras
Guardian online feature/reporting terms "not discussed" - is below house agreement rate for the paper, so do! _GMG 2015 GBP 310 GR
New Statesman online column - 600 words @ £ 75 terms "not discussed" _Progres 2015 GBP 125 GR X
VICE 1000 words kill fee (not sure what the £60 is for - ed) 2015 GBP 120 60 GR XX
BBC Online feature _BBC 2015 GBP 576 O
BBC worldwide 2000 word feature @ £700 _BBC 2015 GBP 350 GR
Greener Copywriting agency blog/online article writing 2015 GBP 25 XXXX
Vice.com reporting job, photos included 2015 GBP 135
Vice.com researching and writing feature inc interviews 2015 GBP 167
Vice.com researching and writing feature inc interviews - offered £200 for 1800 words, asked for £350 , got £300 2015 GBP 167

^ Words, per 1000 / other

Work paid by the thousand words that's not for newspapers, magazines, books, PR or purely-online publications.

* Tell us what you've been paid for Words, per 1000 / other * Freelance Fees Guide
Publication/Programme - details & terms        Group Year ¤ Basic fee Extras

^ Words, per 1000 / pr

Writing for Public Relations should attract much higher rates than reporting. There's the 'selling your soul' aspect... But, practically, there's the time it takes. PR clients love meetings. Lots of them. Long ones. Meetings are what they do. (Also try Words, per 1000 / other.)

* Tell us what you've been paid for Words, per 1000 / pr * Freelance Fees Guide
Publication/Programme - details & terms        Group Year ¤ Basic fee Extras

^ 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 ¤ Basic fee Extras
Hertfordshire Life copyright assigne to customer, no expenses _ECN 2015 GBP 100 X

The above are the rates for zzz Misc. work zzz / all notified by members up to 20 August 2015.

 
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¤
5 Amount paid for basic licence - e.g. first use in print: Basic fee
6 Paid for extra licences - web use, database resale... (no data pre Jun 2000) ...Extras
7 "Going Rate" according to experienced NUJ members - do try to better it: ......GR
or Minimum rate set out in NUJ House Agreement (more will be made soon): ......HA
8 Underpaid, in the fallible opinion of the Freelance editor:GBP500X
or Just sometimes we're pleasantly surprised:EUR1500300O