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

Updated: 21 April 2017

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
Adam Boulton Show on Sky punditry _NI 2016 GBP 200
Newsnight punditry _BBC 2016 GBP 150
Sky News punditry - standing in a field and blathering for about 15 mins transport offerd, but our member was already in the field _NI 2016 GBP 200
Sky News punditry _NI 2016 GBP 150
You and Yours reporting day expenses paid _BBC 2017 GBP 150
Associated Press video day _AP 2017 GBP 400 GR
Associated Press 1 minute footage on-spec 24-hour worldwide licence, 50/50 library licence _AP 2017 GBP 360 GR O
BBC Newsnight punditry - "we don't pa" but they will pay a beautifully-named "disturbance fee": transport provided _BBC 2016 GBP 75
BBC Radio 4 expert interviews / punditry _BBC 2016 GBP 120 O
BBC Wales punditry _BBC 2016 GBP 40
BBC World Service punditry _BBC 2016 GBP 80
Newsnight Punditry spot - "disturbance fee" _BBC 2016 GBP 75 X
RT news skype piece 2-way 10 mins skype interview journalist says First British Serial rights 2016 GBP 50
RTE Six-One News (TV) Live correspondent two-way, in studio, from abroad _RTE 2016 EUR 60 XXX
Sky News punditry spot _NI 2016 GBP 150
Sunday politics regional opt out Expert/pundit interview to camera - 2 hours to airport (location) and back plus travel expenses £60 BBC all rights _BBC 2017 GBP 80
Unnamed broadcaster Punditry spot. Talked up to travel expenses plus _BBC 2016 GBP 200

^ 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
Listening Post (Al Jazeera) 30 seconds footage re-licence worldwide 5-year licence 2017 GBP 500 GR
ARTE TV Expert/pundit interview for arts feature 2017 GBP 500 O
BBC From Our Own Correspondent Radio 4 feature _BBC 2016 GBP 142 X
German TV company punditry about a rock star for 90 mins - conversation: "normally we don't pay" - "what are you offering though?" 2017 GBP 500 O
Sky Arts Expert/pundit interview for arts feature, plus £150 facility fee for use of journalist home All rights 2017 GBP 200 X

^ 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 News GNS round 2 hours of 2-ways with local stations - one every eight minutes via Skype terms "BBC all in" _BBC 2016 GBP 150 GR
BBC radio interviews 2 hours of live 2-way via own ISDN to 18 stations, one every 8 minutes, exes paid for provision of ISDN line and mixer usual BBC terms _BBC 2016 GBP 150 GR
BBC Scotland Kay Adams ISDN punditry 10 to 30 mins terms "BBC all in" _BBC 2016 GBP 50

^ 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

^ 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

^ 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
NOISEY (Vice media) photographing music festival online use unlimited worldwide 2016 GBP 150 0
Positive News Day rate 2016 GBP 300
Major news weekly Use of one photo from US museum in news weekly - note online use is much more 2016 USD 50 125
Mercury Group title 1 shoot 2017 GBP 35 XX
Unnamed Swedish magazine (Balder) one cover + 2 inside 2017 GBP 250

^ 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
Associated Press TV 30-second video _AP 2017 GBP 110

^ 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
Queen Mary University of London - Student Union events per hour of shooting time, one hour extra per event for editing, no exes copyright transfer 2016 GBP 9.28 0 XX

^ 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
Corporate video video production, self-shooting _HMG 2016 GBP 300

^ 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 Picture desk Sunday rate, plus parking, mileage 58p per _INM 2017 GBP 108 X
Belfast Telegraph Picture desk Saturday rate _INM 2017 GBP 100 X
Belfast Telegraph Picture desk Monday to Friday rate, plus parking, mileage 58p per _INM 2017 GBP 84 XX
Belfast Telegraph Image used anywhere in the paper Used on all titles _INM 2017 GBP 25 GR X
Sunday Life Picture desk Sunday rate, plus parking, mileage 58p per _INM 2017 GBP 108 X
Sunday Life Picture desk - Saturday rate, plus parking, mileage 58p _INM 2017 GBP 100 X
Sunday Life Picture desk Monday to Friday rate, plus parking, mileage 58p per _INM 2017 GBP 84 XX
Sunday Life Iimage used anywhere in the paper _INM 2017 GBP 25 X

^ 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
Victoria & Albert Museum offered £750 for a talk, which member agreed instantly by mistake - so asked for around £500 of freebies from sponsor, and got them _HMG 2016 GBP 1250

^ 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
Law Business Research freelance copy editor day: setting text on the page, making author proofs, liaising with in-house editorial assistants, taking in emendations and corrections, and sending artwork to press 2017 GBP 120 0 GR XX

^ 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
Africa Confidential subbing day 2017 GBP 160
Brides 8 hours - work unspecified _CondN 2016 GBP 120 GR XX
N magazine (Norwegian airlines inflight magazine) subbing day 09.30-18:00 _Ink 2016 GBP 140 GR
Red Bulletin 7 hours (subbing or reporting?) 2016 GBP 150
Shots magazine (Media Business Insight) subbing day 09:30-18:00 2016 GBP 160 GR
Children's magazines per day design for layout, cover mount gifts, polybags etc, pre press _Immed 2016 GBP 130 0 GR X
Youth & children's magazines (same rate on all titles) per day design for layout, cover mount gifts, polybags plus marketing design work including some digital _Immed 2016 GBP 120 0 GR

^ 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
Evening Standard Video editing day - 9 hours, 10:30am-19:30pm _Lebedev 2017 GBP 90 GR XXX
Gizmodo reporting day (offer refused) _Future 2017 GBP 80 XXX
i newspaper editing day - 8 hours _Johnsto 2016 GBP 150
International Business Times (IBT media) news day 2016 GBP 150
Metro subbing day (9 hours with one-hour lunch) _Assoc 2017 GBP 100 XXXX
Telegraph subbing day, 8 hours _BarcB 2017 GBP 150 X
BBC News website subbing or reporting day (10 hours) _BBC 2016 GBP 204 X
BBC News website reporting day _BBC 2016 GBP 192 X
BBC Radio day (unspecified task) _BBC 2016 GBP 150

^ 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
NME reporting day, 8 hours (4pm-12pm weekdays) _Metro 2016 GBP 90 XXX

^ 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

^ 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

^ Teaching / all

* Tell us what you've been paid for Teaching / all * Freelance Fees Guide
Publication/Programme - details & terms Group Year ¤ Basic fee Extras
City Lit, London teaching day no expenses 2016 GBP 206 X
Federation of Entertainment Unions (FEU) teaching day £350 for 1st lesson, 400 thereafter, plus exes _TU 2016 GBP 400

^ 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
PR departments translations of PR texts and newspaper articles per 500 words 2016 EUR 40 XX
Unnamed Public Relations departments translations of PR texts and newspaper articles per 1000 words 2016 EUR 80

^ 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
Pro Sound News Europe preparation of 1500-word convention report all rights, no expenses _Intent 2017 GBP 300 GR
Pro Sound News Europe preparation of 500-word feature profile all rights, no expenses _Intent 2017 GBP 100 GR
Pro Sound News Europe preparation of 300-word feature profile all rights, no expenses _Intent 2017 GBP 75 XX
The Atlantic reportage 2017 USD 250 XX

^ 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
Christian Science Monitor 900 word web piece @ $300 = 2017 USD 333
i newspaper Press conference write-up FBS _Johnsto 2017 GBP 100 0 GR
i newspaper 370-word sports piece, negotiated up from £80 FBS _Johnsto 2017 GBP 90 0
Sun exclusive page lead inside (same rate as 1989!) _NI 2017 GBP 950
Vice UK research for feature 2016 GBP 200

^ 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
BBC Online 500 words plus pix _BBC 2017 GBP 250
Unnamed digital magazine 4-6 pieces per month of 1000 words each, monthly rate, travel costs also paid 2016 GBP 1500
Work for "content agency" / search engine optimisation Writing 600 to 800 words and pic research and provision for "content agency" (work turned down, wouldn't negotiate) 2016 GBP 60

^ 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
Londra Gazete (North London Turkish newspaper) "stories per day, 500 words" it says here 2017 GBP 120

^ 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
Arcturus Publishing 1000 words (research from scratch) all rights including multi-media _3Fox 2017 GBP 144 0 X

^ 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
Aeon feature don't know terms 2017 USD 250 0 X
Africa Confidential 2017 GBP 300
Catholic Herald 2017 GBP 120 X
Fair Planet report, 350 words @ £85 = 2016 GBP 243
Homes and Gardens 500-word interview and captions @ £350 = _AOLTW 2017 GBP 700 O
Human Rights 4000 words @ £90 all rights 2017 GBP 22.50 XXX
Loud & Quiet magazine features, interviews, reviews, etc... the whole shebang 2016 GBP 0 0 XXXX
New Statesman CityMetric (down from £80 which was bad in 1991!) _Progres 2016 GBP 50 GR XXXX
Oxford Times Limited Edition mag feature 1500 words @ £85 = no exes _Gannett 2016 GBP 57
Positive News Features 2016 GBP 250
Positive News Features 2016 GBP 200
Refinery 29 feature 2016 GBP 200
Times Higher Education 500-word advertorial @ £90 = _TSL 2016 GBP 180 XX
Women's Lifestyle 500-word advertorial @ £120 = _AOLTW 2016 GBP 240
CN Traveller.com 900-word web feature @ £200 = _CondN 2017 GBP 222
Condé Nast mag 450 words @ £200 = _CondN 2017 GBP 444 0
Time Inc printed specialist mag 500 words @ £75 = _AOLTW 2017 GBP 150 XX

^ 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
Daily Telegraph 1500-word feature @ £250 = _BarcB 2017 GBP 166 XXX
Guardian 2000 word feature @ £650 = _GMG 2017 GBP 325 X
Metro 1200 words @ £175 = _Assoc 2017 GBP 146 X
Private Eye report 300 words @ £150 = 2016 GBP 500
Scottish Sun 150 word Sports NIB @ £20 = _Holl 2017 GBP 133
The Tablet report 2016 GBP 200 X

^ 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
Huck magazine Reporting: 840 words @ £50 + 10 photos 2016 GBP 59 0 XXX
PlanetSki travel feature 2016 GBP 0 0 X
Stylist magazine (Online) 1200-word essay - was asked to provided 3 original photographs, but they didn't use all 2017 GBP 150
lonelyplanet.com 1000 word article £60 expenses for set of images to illustrate article , terms all rights 2016 GBP 180 X
Netdoctor.co.uk researching and writing feature - 970 words @ £200 , terms All rights, everywhere, forever _Hearst 2016 GBP 206 0 GR
Politics.co.uk Detailed article breaking down polling data - refused as too low 2017 GBP 50 GR XXX

^ 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
AlbanDigital Advertising online for blog post ghostwriters, demand 3 years' experience - work not pursued when it turns out they pay 2016 GBP 100
Website and marketing copywriting case studies 2016 GBP 600

^ 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
Superyacht Business 6500-word feature @ £2145 = _AOLTW 2017 GBP 330

The above are the rates for zzz Misc. work zzz / all notified by members up to 21 April 2017.

 
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

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Words, per 1000 News Local Mag online Book PR Other
Words, other News Local Mag online Book PR Other
Photography News Local Mag online Book PR Other
Broadcasting News Local Other including podcasting
Shifts News Local Mag online Book PR Other
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Recently reported rates all from the past few months