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

Updated: 21 April 2014

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
From Our Own Correspondent radio item 600-700 words (compare house agreement: website copy £175 up to 800 words) _BBC 2013 GBP 160 X
Inside Out producer, per week _BBC 2013 GBP 800

^ 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
Multimedia production podcast producer/ video editor day _GMG 2013 GBP 180 GR
ruptly.tv shoot video for about an hour, two interviews, rough edit, file via ftp - probably two or three hours total all rights 2014 GBP 200 ?
South Bank Centre Podcast: 15-minute talk _HMG 2014 GBP 122

^ 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
Midlands Today BBC TV BJ Shift: scripting, picture editing _BBC 2014 GBP 140
BBC Wales Consumer programme AP/Director day _BBC 2013 GBP 225 GR
Weekend news-reading shift (Global Radio) 2014 GBP 80 XXX
Weekend news-reading shift (Oxis Media) 2014 GBP 75 XXXX

^ 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
Book on Johnny Carson by Henry Bushkin half page b/w in book for 2 years _HMiff 2014 GBP 130 HA

^ 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
BBC Wildlife Magazine double page picture spread _Immed 2014 GBP 150 XX
Local Rider single use of stock image, size unknown 2014 GBP 5 XXXX

^ 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 2014 GBP 200
Irish Times per job/assignement liccensed for first run as far as photographer can ascertain _ITTrust 2013 EUR 200 O

^ 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
Oyster.com 100 odd photos of a single hotel, no exes all online rights, no tax deducted. 2013 USD 110 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
Live Music one hours live music photography (late night) licensed for basic social media use and promotional posters for future gigs 2014 GBP 60 0 XX
Membership organisation newsletter 5 photos of evening meeting 2014 GBP 100 X

^ 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

^ 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

^ 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
Louis Vuitton Travel Guides copy editing rate per hour 2014 EUR 40 O

^ 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
25 Beautiful Homes subbing day, 10% holiday pay on top _IPC 2013 GBP 130 XX
European Perspectives: Circulation journal (Wolters Kluwer) managing editor, per week _SpringV 2013 GBP 900 O
GMB Magazine editing, day, 7 hours _Future 2014 GBP 140
Homes + Gardens subbing day, 10% holiday pay on top _IPC 2013 GBP 130 XX
Ideal Home and other IPC monthlies subbing day, 10% holiday pay on top _IPC 2013 GBP 130 XX
In Style subbing day, 10% holiday pay on top _IPC 2013 GBP 130 XX
Mobile Choice editing, day, 7 hours 2014 GBP 130
Now & other IPC weeklies subbing day, 10% holiday pay on top _IPC 2013 GBP 120 XX
Square Mile subbing and writing day, 7.5 hours _SquareM 2013 GBP 150 GR
Style at Home subbing day, 10% holiday pay on top _IPC 2013 GBP 130 XX
Woman's Own subbing day, 10% holiday pay on top _IPC 2013 GBP 120 XX
Cedar communications subbing day (7 hours) _Cedar 2014 GBP 130
Haymarket titles reporting day holiday pay added; taxed at source _HM 2013 GBP 150
housetohome.co.uk website subbing day, 10% holiday pay on top _IPC 2013 GBP 120 XX

^ 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
Computer Weekly (TechTarget, Inc.) subbing day __misc 2013 GBP 150
Daily Mail online reporting day: all expenses for out of town jobs paid including subsistence and travel _Metro 2014 GBP 400 GR
Greenwich subbing day no holiday pay; not taxed at source 2013 GBP 150
Irish Daily Mail subbing day _Assoc 2013 EUR 180
Irish Daily Mail reporting day _Assoc 2013 EUR 160
Radio Times (Immediate Media) subbing day _Immed 2013 GBP 176.93 X
Sloane Square subbing day no holiday pay; not taxed at source 2013 GBP 150
Sunday Times subbing day - rate unchanged for 6 years _NI 2013 GBP 176.60
Sunday Times leisure supplements subbing day _NI 2013 GBP 176.93 X
The Times subbing day _NI 2014 GBP 175
CNN.com Writing day 2013 GBP 180 GR
IBtimes.co.uk (The International Business Times Inc) subbing day 2013 GBP 125 X
Undisclosed client Data Journalist - day _TMG 2014 GBP 275 O

^ 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
Individual client writing/editing per hour 2014 GBP 32
Specialist music website writing day 2014 GBP 180
University per day - same rate paid for content strategy and actual editing (implementing) as part of consultancy package. 2014 GBP 250 0

^ 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
International Labour Office subbing paid at 115 Swiss Francs per 1000 words = 2013 GBP 78
United Nations proofreading documents from 3pm to 1am; offered to pay for a taxi home but fee still 'regrettably low' 2014 GBP 90 XXXX

^ 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
NGO publication editing, writing, per day 2014 GBP 100

^ 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
Falkirk Herald reporting day: 8hrs with 30min lunch no expenses paid, not taxed at source _Johnsto 2013 GBP 81 XXX

^ Teaching / all

* Tell us what you've been paid for Teaching / all * Freelance Fees Guide
Publication/Programme - details & terms        Group Year ¤ Basic fee Extras
Random House Online Writing Course - 10 weeks 25 students per class, online support and constant feedback. They 'estimate' 1.5 hours a day but with 25 beginners likely to be more than 3 hours per day. (Tutor gets this for teaching 25 people who pay £12,475...) Turned job down. _PRH 2014 GBP 1250 XXXX

^ 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
Louis Vuitton Travel Guides translation of guide book into English, per 1000 words 2014 EUR 180
International Road Transport Union website translation from Russian, 4000+ words 2014 GBP 460

^ 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
1001 Things to Do Before You Die three 300-word accounts (fee below for each) for hottest restaurants in Greece, photos optional, each (all rights) _Quarto 2013 GBP 30 XX
A rock book 5000 word mag feature reproduced in book single use 2013 GBP 500 O
HarperCollins Education - two 250pp teacher's guides copy-edit 500pp of technical subject teacher's guide in 4 days for a set fee (job declined!) _NI 2013 GBP 400 XXXX
Updating career resources Small Publishing company: research, updating text, checking websites, replacing some material 35 hours 2014 GBP 600

^ 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
Computer Weekly (TechTarget Inc.) Top-performing bloggers - paid according to number of page views - per month __misc 2014 GBP 300
English Teaching Professional (Pavilion) 1400 @ £80 = FBS 2014 GBP 57 0 XXXX
Fortean Times 3000 word feature + pics + (limited) exes, pics still to be negotiated, talked up even worse per word rate offered _Dennis 2014 GBP 225 XX
Glamour feature says "Rights" - all? _CondN 2014 GBP 700 O
Harpers Wine + Spirit pieces, any length _WReed 2013 GBP 50 XXX
Skin Deep submitted an article around 1500 words 2014 GBP 150
The Trade News article, 500 words-ish 2014 GBP 130

^ 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
Guardian Comment is Free standard online comment piece _GMG 2014 GBP 90 GR
Independent features 800-1200 words-ish _Lebedev 2013 GBP 200 X
Mail online 'real life' story - made lead on femail second UK serial rights _Assoc 2014 GBP 40 GR
The People page 17 lead, weird foreign Web included _TMG 2014 GBP 1000 0
Sunday Telegraph 750 words _BarcB 2014 GBP 250 X

^ 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
Local Secrets website 600-800 word feature, plus photos 2014 GBP 15 GR XXXX

^ 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
wikipedia write/edit 800-word entry for client 2013 GBP 500

^ 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
Herald (Glasgow) In Brief news item _NQ 2014 GBP 10 GR XXX
The Herald (Glasgow) 180-word down front page story _NQ 2014 GBP 17 XXXX

^ 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
Africa Report 2013 EUR 400
Alpha feature: 1000 Emirati Dihram on 09/09/13 = 2013 GBP 173 GR
Beer (CAMRA) features 2013 GBP 200 X
Best feature 2014 GBP 400
Bird Watching magazine feature _Bauer 2014 GBP 200
Computer Weekly (TechTarget Inc.) __misc 2014 GBP 250
Computer Weekly 800 words "tech target" @ £250 __misc 2014 GBP 312.50
Computer Weekly 500 words @ £100 __misc 2014 GBP 200 X
Construction News features 2013 GBP 230 GR
Dance Today (Dancing Times group) 200 words @ £50 2013 GBP 250 X
Easyjet Traveller travel feature _Ink 2014 GBP 333
Easyjet Traveller 900 word article @ £ 300 _Ink 2013 GBP 333 GR
Esquire any writing _NatMag 2013 GBP 500 O
IHS Dredging plus 42p/mile _IHS 2014 GBP 800 O
Imbibe (Monomax) features 2013 GBP 250
Inside Housing _TMG 2013 GBP 250
National Review feature 2013 GBP 155.41 GR
New Scientist 500 words @ £210 all rights and firstborn _RBI 2013 GBP 420 O
New Scientist news report: 500 words @ £245 = all rights and firstborn, if any _RBI 2013 GBP 390
New Statesman _Progres 2013 GBP 250
NME feature _IPC 2014 GBP 130 XX
Sleeper (Mondiale Publishing) 2014 GBP 220 GR
The Living Tradition music review very determined you won't even get a free copy of the mag 2014 GBP 0 XXXX
The Stage 2014 GBP 125
This is Africa feature 2013 GBP 300
University Business (Wildfire) FBS 2014 GBP 100 0 X
Workstyle 3000 words @ £130 = 2014 GBP 43 XXX
Euromoney features _Assoc 2013 GBP 350
Hobbyist magazine regular column 1300 words plus photos FBS 2013 GBP 100 X
IHS Fairplay magazine(s) feature _IHS 2013 GBP 250 0 GR
Maritime magazine 2013 GBP 150

^ 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 lead article, 1300 words @ £500 = _BarcB 2014 GBP 385
Daily Telegraph feature _BarcB 2013 GBP 294
Daily Telegraph science news (waay less than usual Telegraph rates) Web included 2014 EUR 220 0 GR XXX
De Volkskrant (English copy submitted to Dutch newspaper) , terms unknown 2014 EUR 360 GR
Financial Times _Pearson 2013 GBP 433
Guardian 1200-word international news feature says "all rights" - contrary to house agreement _GMG 2013 GBP 310.68 GR
Independent offer refused _Lebedev 2013 GBP 150 XXX
Independent interviews, sports _Lebedev 2014 GBP 130 XX
Independent obituary _Lebedev 2013 GBP 120 XXX
Independent no expenses! _Lebedev 2014 GBP 167
Independent MBA Supplement researching, writing plus phone calls _Lebedev 2014 GBP 187.50
Mail on Sunday feature: 1500 words @ £500 _Assoc 2013 GBP 333 XX
Scotland on Sunday page 7 lead, 850w; initially offered £200 _Johnsto 2014 GBP 353
Sunday Express feature _NS 2014 GBP 500 O
Sunday Times Home supplement _NI 2013 GBP 385 X
Sunday Times News Review feature / interview _NI 2013 GBP 400
Times Education Supplement 500 word column @ £200 _TSL 2014 GBP 400
Times Education Supplement 500 word column for online use @ £150 _TSL 2014 GBP 300
British Airways inflight magazine lead article, 1500 words @ £350 = 2014 GBP 233 XX
Guardian Networks (IT support section) 800 words for Sustainable Business section @ £320 _GMG 2013 GBP 400
Independent and i feature for the Independent and 'i' (carried in both) first rights _Lebedev 2013 GBP 200

^ 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 feature language-learning _GMG 2013 GBP 420 O
Guardian blog/opinion language-learning _GMG 2013 GBP 170 X
Wellcome Trust MOSAIC - 'flu research licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivs 3.0 2013 GBP 600 O

^ 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
Documentary film licence to re-use freelance's audio 2013 USD 500

^ 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
Yorkshire Post 1200 word feature @ £150 _Johnsto 2014 GBP 125

The above are the rates for zzz Misc. work zzz / all notified by members up to 21 April 2014.

 
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