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

Updated: 03 February 2016

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 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

^ 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

^ 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 General News Service two hours live interwiews to local radio stations, one station every eight minutes, no exes (check against BBC house agreement!) _BBC 2015 GBP 150
BBC Radio Lancashire reporting/producing day (house agreement says £129 for more experienced journalists and £89 for beginners) _BBC 2015 GBP 86 XX

^ 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
Athletics Weekly 1 photo _Descart 2015 GBP 15 XXXX
Broadcast 5 photos one use _EMAP 2015 GBP 250 X
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
Soldier (Ministry of Defence) photo one use _HMG 2015 GBP 40 X
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

^ 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
VICE News £20 per photo for news feature on top of 18p per word 2016 GBP 20 GR

^ 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
Key agent Photographs of a £1.5m house for estate agent listing. terms not discussed 2015 GBP 30 XX
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
Small society's website photography for small society's meeting + expenses + dinner 2015 GBP 120 O
Urban makeovers studio portrait photography per day, £5 expenses 2015 GBP 0 0

^ 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
Cambrian News Photos, per pic single use print and online _Tindle 2015 GBP 13
Luton on Sunday (Local World) photo one use 2015 GBP 30 X
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
Chairing 1-day international conf on specialist subject all travel, accommodation, subsistence paid 2016 EUR 500
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
Blossom Spring Publishing flat fee per 100k words, £20 per 1k thereafter, non-negotiable; (offer refused) 2015 GBP 100 X
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
BBC Countryside magazine 8-hour shift including 1-hour lunch break (for entry-level journalist) _BBC 2015 GBP 100 XX
Boat International 7-hour subbing day 2016 GBP 140 GR
Hello! 7-hour subbing day _Hola 2016 GBP 152 GR
Nature per day, work not specified _Holtzb 2015 GBP 200
The Grocer newsdesk day _WReed 2016 GBP 160
Top Gear 7-hour subbing day _Immed 2015 GBP 120 X
Haymarket 8-hour subbing day _HM 2015 GBP 140

^ 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 Mail 6-hour subbing day _Assoc 2015 GBP 130 X
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
Financial Times 7-hour subbing day _Nikkei 2015 GBP 160 O
Financial Times 8-hour subbing day _Nikkei 2015 GBP 130 X
Independent online reporting day _Lebedev 2015 GBP 85 XXXX
Investors Chronicle 7-hour subbing day _Nikkei 2015 GBP 160
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
MSN news (online) 8-hour subbing day 2015 GBP 170
Time Inc 7-hour subbing day _AOLTW 2015 GBP 130
Time Inc 7-hour subbing day _AOLTW 2015 GBP 100 XXX

^ 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
HE (higher education?) website content generation, per hour 2015 GBP 25
NME subbing day or writing day 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
Unnamed website content generation, per hour 2015 GBP 30

^ 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 Business 8-hour editing day (+ holiday pay) _BBC 2015 GBP 140
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
Derby Telegraph Subbing day, 7.5hrs _LocalW 2016 GBP 100 GR

^ 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
Private Eye tip-off for 50-word article 2016 GBP 20 0

^ 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
Medicine & Health Science books Writing 7 * 200 word sections, briefing artist on each all rights 2015 GBP 140 XX

^ 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
Green Parent article (no pics demanded) 2015 GBP 75
mbr (Mountain Bike Rider) per piece? All rights _IPC 2015 GBP 75 0
Quietus lead review (album) 2015 GBP 50
SHINDIG! (Silverback Publishing) ten-entry listicle & intro, 1100 words overall, suggested might lead to "the odd £50" in future - refused! 2015 GBP 0 0 GR XXXX
The Quietus a Quietus Interview 2016 GBP 50 XX
The Wire 600-word review 2015 GBP 42

^ 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
El Mundo per online piece of any length 2015 GBP 35 XXX
Sunday Mirror news piece, length unspecified _TMG 2015 GBP 250
The National, The Arab Weekly (Abu Dhabi Media) columns, 950 words @ $400 = 2015 USD 421
The Sun feature spread _NI 2015 GBP 1500 O
The Sun news piece, length unspecified _NI 2015 GBP 100
BBC News website feature, 3500 words, "about six weeks' work" _BBC 2015 GBP 350 XXX
BBC World Service website per article _BBC 2015 GBP 50 XX
Mail online news piece, length unspecified _Assoc 2015 GBP 80
Unnamed small trade publication 400-word investigative story 2015 GBP 100

^ 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
The Malcontent 500-1000-word feature limited online usage only, no copyright grab 2015 GBP 300
The Malcontent per 500-800 word piece no rights grab, 3-6 months licence, fee negotiable from 2015 GBP 200
Buzzfeed purchase of rights to pre-existing research for article 2015 GBP 200
Choose.net Consumer news writing, per piece, no exes all rights 2015 GBP 30 0 GR XXX

^ 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
Book (HarperCollins) all rights and soul demanded _NI 2015 GBP 200 XX
Book (Picador Press) 2015 GBP 23

^ 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
Bass Guitar Monthly FBSR & option on website use 2015 GBP 167
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
Closer _Bauer 2015 GBP 571 O
Cyclist All rights _Dennis 2015 GBP 275 0
Early Years Educator Education article one use only 2015 GBP 100 0 GR
Easyjet Traveller Travel feature, 900 words _Ink 2016 GBP 200 X
Economist 800 word blog @ £300 = __misc 2015 GBP 375 O
FT Business exes £70 _Pearson 2015 GBP 750 0 GR
Good Housekeeping feature writer retained copyright _NatMag 2015 GBP 666 O
Grazia _Bauer 2015 GBP 500 O
Local Secrets 500-600 words @ £20: no exes; all rights taken, moral rights waived, photo expected, no pay, no further royalities, perpetual publishing rights, very fiddly pitch system, turned down 2015 GBP 40 0 GR XX
Pet Product Marketing 1200 words @ £150 = 2015 GBP 125 GR X
Petroleum Economist (also supplied photos) print and online rights _Assoc 2016 GBP 300
Ski+board (Ski Club of Great Britain) 2015 GBP 180 GR
The Humanist feature 2015 GBP 550 O
World of Animals 2000 word travel article - turned down! 2015 GBP 125 GR 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 Mail online online showbiz piece: 1250 words @ £40 = _Assoc 2015 GBP 32 XX^9
El Mundo 450 words for print edition @ £45 = 2015 GBP 100 XXX
Guardian online news _GMG 2015 GBP 325
Independent feature 1300 words @ £200 = _Lebedev 2015 GBP 154 XX
Irish Times Feature print and web _ITtrust 2015 EUR 200 0 X
Telegraph feature _BarcB 2015 GBP 350
The Baltic Times 600 words @ £30 = 2016 EUR 50 XXX
The Guardian 1000-word interview _GMG 2015 GBP 300
The Irish Times news story print and web _ITtrust 2016 EUR 260 X
The Mirror feature _TMG 2015 GBP 1000 O
The National, The Arab Weekly (Abu Dhabi Media) columns, 300 words @ $300 = 2015 USD 1000
The Sunday Times (Ireland) page lead news story 2014 print and web _NI 2016 EUR 350 X
A newspaper in Ireland feature _ITtrust 2015 EUR 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
New Statesman (online) Writing a blog / article for The Staggers - was £80 in 1990! _Progres 2016 GBP 75 XXX GR
One Shot TV Guide 2000-word interview @ £ 700 _CBS 2015 GBP 350
VICE 1000 words kill fee (not sure what the £60 is for - ed) 2015 GBP 120 60 GR XX
BBC worldwide 2000 word feature @ £700 _BBC 2015 GBP 350 GR
VICE News 18p per word plus £20 per photo for news feature 2016 GBP 180 GR

^ 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
A corporate law firm 7000 words, per thou (and extra research at an unspecified day rate on top) 2015 GBP 2000 O

^ 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

The above are the rates for zzz Misc. work zzz / all notified by members up to 03 February 2016.

 
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