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

Updated: 13 August 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
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^ 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
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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
Radio 5 live quick phone interview on news event - punditry no terms mentioned _BBC 2017 GBP 30 X
Sky News 15-20-minute pundit interview, taxi to and from laid on 2017 GBP 120
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

^ 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
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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
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
IndependentTV production companies reuse of audio from magazine interviews , terms £500 per minute, £250 minimum 2017 GBP 500 O
Radio 4 discussion programme punditry: recording for 45 minutes, rail and taxi paid _BBC 2017 GBP 75 GR
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
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^ Cartoons / all

* Tell us what you've been paid for Cartoons / all * Freelance Fees Guide
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^ Crosswords / all

* Tell us what you've been paid for Crosswords / all * Freelance Fees Guide
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^ Illustrations / all

* Tell us what you've been paid for Illustrations / all * Freelance Fees Guide
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^ 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
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^ 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
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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
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Scottish Sun Fee cap no matter how many pix used _NI 2017 GBP 100 XX^9
Scottish Sun video (length unspecified) _NI 2017 GBP 50 XXXX
Scottish Sun First pic online _NI 2017 GBP 30 XXXX
Scottish Sun Second pic online _NI 2017 GBP 20 XXXX
Scottish Sun Every pic after second, online _NI 2017 GBP 10 XX^9
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
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^ 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
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^ 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
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^ 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
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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
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^ Retainers / all

* Tell us what you've been paid for Retainers / all * Freelance Fees Guide
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^ Shifts / books

* Tell us what you've been paid for Shifts / books * Freelance Fees Guide
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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
Privately published recipe book per day editorial "not a lot, but for a friend" 2017 GBP 800 X
Reviewing as-yet-unpublished scientific pamphlet per day - paid in advance 2017 EUR 480 GR
University careers guides per day flat rate non-negotiable fee regardless of whether a publication is being redesigned, or how many hours worked _Ziff 2017 GBP 800 0 X

^ 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 currency Basic fee Extras
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Africa Confidential subbing day 2017 GBP 160
Money Saving Expert reporting day (7 hours) 2017 GBP 150
Nature Subbing day _SpringV 2017 GBP 205.80 GR
WI Life subbing day 9am to 4pm 2017 GBP 180 O
Woman subbing day _IPC 2017 GBP 120 XXX
Trade magazines subbing day 2017 GBP 150
Various design for print, layout, covermounts & marketing 2017 GBP 130 GR
Virgin TV mag Subbing day 9.30am to 5.30pm _Redwood 2017 GBP 160
Women's magazines, various subbing day _CondN 2017 GBP 130 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
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Daily Mail reporting day on diary column taxed at source _Assoc 2017 GBP 150 XX
Evening Standard video editing shift _Lebedev 2017 GBP 90 GR XXXX
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
Mail Online subbing/writing day 8 hours _Assoc 2017 GBP 120 GR XXX
Metro subbing day (9 hours with one-hour lunch) _Assoc 2017 GBP 100 XXXX
Metro subbing day (9 hours with one-hour lunch) _Assoc 2017 GBP 100 XXXX
Radio Times subbing day _Immed 2017 GBP 120 XXX
Telegraph subbing day, 8 hours _BarcB 2017 GBP 150 X

^ 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
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Crash.net providing features, interviews, news articles, and audio files from a four-day F1 grand prix weekend, working 14/h per day for £300 for the weekend. No travel, food, hotel expenses covered, was left out of pocket. , prod/exes 0 2017 GBP 75 0 XXXX
LabourList.org (Labour Party) reporting and subbing day 2017 GBP 85 XX
Trade news service reporting, news, some features per hour 2017 GBP 16

^ 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
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History documentary series TV producing and directing day (10-17 hours!) PACT contract 2017 GBP 280

^ 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
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^ 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
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^ Teaching / all

* Tell us what you've been paid for Teaching / all * Freelance Fees Guide
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^ Tip-offs / news

* Tell us what you've been paid for Tip-offs / news * Freelance Fees Guide
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^ Translation / all

* Tell us what you've been paid for Translation / all * Freelance Fees Guide
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Mail on Sunday fixer and translator day _Assoc 2017 GBP 150 X

^ 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
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Carlton Books: History of Music synopsis for 192-page book + 3 presentation spreads 2017 GBP 150 XXX

^ 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
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Planet Rock 170-word album review _Bauer 2017 GBP 40
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 currency Basic fee Extras
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i newspaper around 500 word sports interview with major official _Johnsto 2017 GBP 90 0 GR XX
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 400-word quotes-led sports story from foreign capital @ £60 = _Johnsto 2017 GBP 150 0
i newspaper sports news writing (website only) _Johnsto 2017 GBP 50 GR
Scottish Sun online Copy (length unspecified) _NI 2017 GBP 35 X(?)
Sun exclusive page lead inside (same rate as 1989!) _NI 2017 GBP 950
The Daily Telegraph news story from abroad (size, placement unspecified) _BarcB 2017 GBP 60 GR XXX

^ 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
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New StatesmanSpring traditional blog post _Progres 2017 GBP 50 0
SkyscannerS travel features approx. 2000 words 2017 GBP 200 GR
BBC Online 500 words plus pix _BBC 2017 GBP 250

^ 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
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^ 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
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^ 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
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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
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^ 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
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Africa Confidential 2017 GBP 300
All About History Researching and writing topic all rights to text, text can be republished unattributed and shared with international licensees without writer's permission _Future 2017 GBP 100 0 GR XXX
Canadian Jewish News 800 words @ $CAN 150 = 2017 GBP 106 X
Catholic Herald 2017 GBP 120 X
Classic Rock features, reviews _Future 2017 GBP 100 XX
Construction News feature article with interviews _EMAP 2017 GBP 275
Fortean Times 4000 words @ £300, talked up from even worse standard rate. Rate for photos to be negotiated later, £10 travel paid _Dennis 2017 GBP 75 XXX
Homes and Gardens 500-word interview and captions @ £350 = _AOLTW 2017 GBP 700 O
Honcho magazine 2017 USD 500
Human Rights 4000 words @ £90 all rights 2017 GBP 22.50 XXX
Jewish Independent 850 words @ $CAN 100 = 2017 GBP 48 XXX
Modus magazine (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) researching and writing feature article plus three sidebars including profile interviews all global rights + all moral rights waived 2017 GBP 400
Pet Product Marketing 1200 words @ £240 = _Bauer 2017 GBP 200
Superyacht Business 6500-word feature @ £2145 = _AOLTW 2017 GBP 330
The Lancet Neurology 1600-word feature @ £500 BUT fee shrinks with amount of editing required to £150 "floor". _RE 2017 GBP 312.50 XXXX
The Nightwatchman (quarterly cricket magazine) 2000 word feature - "didn't realise until too late" the rate was... 2017 GBP 0 GR XXXX
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
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Daily Telegraph 1500-word feature @ £250 = _BarcB 2017 GBP 166 XXX
Guardian 2000 word feature @ £650 = _GMG 2017 GBP 325 X
Guardian online feature article with interviews and pictures sourced _GMG 2017 GBP 310 X
i newspaper 400 words sports news article FBS @ £80 = _Johnsto 2017 GBP 200 0 GR
i newspaper 400-word exclusive interview with retired athlete @ £70 = _Johnsto 2017 GBP 175 0
i newspaper feature on leading athlete 800 words @ £130 FBS = _Johnsto 2017 GBP 162.50 0
i newspaper 600 word sports report from foreign capital @ £90 = _Johnsto 2017 GBP 150 0
i newspaper 200 words sports news sidebar FBS @ £30 _Johnsto 2017 GBP 150 0 X
Metro 1200 words @ £175 = _Assoc 2017 GBP 146 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
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Aeon (digital) Feature article. 1600 words - @ £250: no pics required; helpful editor Creative Commons licence to the world... 2017 USD 160 0
Politics.co.uk Detailed article breaking down polling data - refused as too low 2017 GBP 50 GR XXX
Trade news service feature article with interviews ($0.75 per word) 2017 USD 1125 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
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^ 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
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Finnish record label PR biog for Finnish record label - 800 words @ £300, one shot email all rights nevertheless 2017 GBP 375
Liner notes for album on Norwegian label Record and CD 2017 GBP 250

^ 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
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The above are the rates for zzz Misc. work zzz / all notified by members up to 13 August 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 EURcurrency
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

Other rates:

Type of work: In the "sector": (click or tap below!)
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
Other: Cartoons | Crosswords | Illustration | Punditry | Retainer | Teaching | Tip-off | Translation
Recently reported rates all from the past few months