[NUJ.LFB] NUJ Rate for the Job:
Words, per 1000 / news

Updated: 14 November 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.

^ 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 currency Basic fee Extras
GR
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Repubblica (Italy) 1500 words @ £420 for print edition only 2011 GBP 280
Al-Hayat 1995 GBP 200 -
Asharq Alawsat 1997 GBP 100 -
Berlingske (Denmark) 600 words @ €300 2017 EUR 500 O
Caribbean Times 'per article' 30 say: 1995 GBP 150 -
Chicago Tribune ($350) _Tribune 1998 GBP 218.75 - X
Daily Express 1200-word feature plus 200-word boxout @ £700 = _NS 2012 GBP 500 GR O
Daily Express leader _NS 2003 GBP 500 X
Daily Express Features FBS _UM 2000 GBP 650
Daily Mail online online showbiz piece: 1250 words @ £40 = _Assoc 2015 GBP 32 XX^9
Daily Mail Online 700 words @ £300 all rights _Assoc 2013 GBP 430 0
Daily Mail 2500 words @ £500 = _Assoc 2016 GBP 200 XX
Daily Mail 1200 words @ £350 _Assoc 2015 GBP 292
Daily Mail 100 words @ £75 _Assoc 2015 GBP 750
Daily Mail interview _Assoc 2014 GBP 600 O
Daily Mail background for correspondents _Assoc 2014 GBP 400 O
Daily Mail background for correspondents _Assoc 2014 GBP 400 O
Daily Mail health feature _Assoc 2012 GBP 600
Daily Mail _Assoc 2012 GBP 556
Daily Mail news page lead _Assoc 2009 GBP 900
Daily Mirror feature FBS + web _TMG 2013 GBP 400 GR
Daily Mirror feature 1500 - 1800 words for £1000 FBS _TMG 2006 GBP 667
Daily Mirror _TMG 2000 GBP 700 -
Daily Telegraph 1500-word feature @ £250 = _BarcB 2017 GBP 166 XXX
Daily Telegraph review, 550 words @ £60 = _BarcB 2016 GBP 109 XXX
Daily Telegraph lead article, 1300 words @ £500 = _BarcB 2014 GBP 385
Daily Telegraph science news (waay less than usual Telegraph rates) Web included 2014 EUR 220 0 GR XXX
Daily Telegraph lead article, 1300 words @ £500 = _BarcB 2014 GBP 385
Daily Telegraph science news (waay less than usual Telegraph rates) Web included 2014 EUR 220 0 GR XXX
Daily Telegraph feature _BarcB 2013 GBP 294
Daily Telegraph _BarcB 2012 GBP 500
Daily Telegraph _BarcB 2011 GBP 312.50 XX
Daily Telegraph 400 words sidebar @ £140 = _BarcB 2010 GBP 350
Daily Telegraph review 200 words @ £180 _BarcB 2007 GBP 900
Daily Telegraph feature _Holl 2003 GBP 1000 O
De Volkskrant (English copy submitted to Dutch newspaper) terms unknown 2014 EUR 360 GR
De Volkskrant (English copy submitted to Dutch newspaper) terms unknown 2014 EUR 360 GR
De Volkskrant (English copy submitted to Dutch newspaper) , terms unknown 2014 EUR 360 GR
Ecologist feature 2017 GBP 100
El Mundo 450 words for print edition @ £45 = 2015 GBP 100 XXX
Evening Standard arts review 300-400 words @ £140 = up to _Lebedev 2013 GBP 467
Evening Standard leader _Assoc 2003 GBP 1053
Evening Standard (Just the Job) _Assoc 2000 GBP 777 - O
Evening Standard 500 words @ £150 _Lebedev 2015 GBP 300
Express FBS _NS 2010 GBP 533 GR O
Express online, it says FBS _NS 2010 GBP 350 GR
Express new agreed minimum _NS 2005 GBP 250 HA
Financial Times subbing day (7 hours) _Nikkei 2016 GBP 155
Financial Times _Pearson 2013 GBP 433
Financial Times _Pearson 2012 GBP 500
Financial Times _Pearson 2011 GBP 440
Financial Times _Pearson 2011 GBP 286
Financial Times How to Spend It magazine feature _Pearson 2009 GBP 450 O
Financial Times magazine _Pearson 2010 GBP 364
Financial Times magazine , terms "all in" _Pearson 2011 GBP 357
Guardian online feature article with interviews and pictures sourced _GMG 2017 GBP 310 X
Guardian 2000 word feature @ £650 = _GMG 2017 GBP 325 X
Guardian 800 words @ £ 250 = _GMG 2016 GBP 312.50
Guardian online news _GMG 2015 GBP 325
Guardian all in online and print - for which agreed minimum is £310.68 _GMG 2015 GBP 215 XX
Guardian 1500-ish words @ £464 _GMG 2015 GBP 309
Guardian 1200-word international news feature says "all rights" - contrary to house agreement _GMG 2013 GBP 310.68 GR
Guardian feature Guardian basic terms _GMG 2013 GBP 350
Guardian feature _GMG 2013 GBP 307 O
Guardian 630 word column for Society section @ £350 _GMG 2013 GBP 519 36.55
Guardian minimum rate in 2012 house agreement - £310.68 total (web etc uplift is 6.5%) _GMG 2012 GBP 290.49 20.19 HA
Guardian G2 _GMG 2012 GBP 500 O
Guardian 1400 words @ £450 _GMG 2012 GBP 321
Guardian _GMG 2012 GBP 323 O
Guardian obituary - if you're Stephen Fry - according to Private Eye _GMG 2012 GBP 3000 O
Guardian 550 words web-only copy @ £165 _GMG 2012 GBP 300
Guardian news story _GMG 2012 GBP 301.63
Guardian features _GMG 2012 GBP 300
Guardian Society 700-word column @ £335 _GMG 2009 GBP 452 17
Guardian tech 800 words @ £350 _GMG 2007 GBP 413 24.50
Guardian - money section 2000-word feature @ £650 = £325 _GMG 2014 GBP 325 O
Guardian - money section 2000-word feature @ £650 = £325 _GMG 2014 GBP 325 O
Guardian Global Development Professionals Network researching and writing articles for new website all rights _GMG 2013 GBP 290 30 GR
Guardian online social enterprise website standard Guardian freelance terms, unfortunately minimum rates paid _GMG 2013 GBP 290 30 HA
Gunaydin (Turkey) 1995 GBP 75 -
Herald Sun (Australia) 1998 GBP 222 -
Herald (Glasgow) _SMG 1999 GBP 150 - X
Herald (Glasgow) _NQ 2006 GBP 150
Huck magazine feature 2017 GBP 120 XX
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
i newspaper 400 words sports news article FBS @ £80 = _Johnsto 2017 GBP 200 0 GR
Independent on Sunday art reviewing FBS _Lebedev 2013 GBP 350 GR
Independent on Sunday _Lebedev 2012 GBP 200 XX
Independent on Sunday (Malta) Comment feature 2011 GBP 0 XXX
Independent 1500 words @ £150 = _Lebedev 2017 GBP 100 XXXX
Independent feature 1300 words @ £200 = _Lebedev 2015 GBP 154 XX
Independent _Lebedev 2015 GBP 200 XX
Independent no expenses! _Lebedev 2014 GBP 167
Independent interviews, sports _Lebedev 2014 GBP 130 XX
Independent no expenses! _Lebedev 2014 GBP 167
Independent interviews, sports _Lebedev 2014 GBP 130 XX
Independent offer refused _Lebedev 2013 GBP 150 XXX
Independent obituary _Lebedev 2013 GBP 120 XXX
Independent online comment piece _INM 2013 GBP 0 0 XX
Independent news feature _Lebedev 2013 GBP 240
Independent foreign feature all rights _Lebedev 2013 GBP 150 0
Independent 550-word commissioned page lead with byline @ £ 150 _Lebedev 2013 GBP 273 0 X
Independent travel piece _Lebedev 2012 GBP 200 X
Independent _Lebedev 2012 GBP 200 XX
Independent feature, no expenses, syndication pays 50/50 _INM 2012 GBP 150 XXX
Independent feature, no expenses all rights _INM 2012 GBP 300
Independent _Lebedev 2012 GBP 200 XXX
Independent Comment _INM 2000 GBP 333 -
Independent no expenses! _Lebedev 2014 GBP 167
Independent magazine feature _Lebedev 2012 GBP 200 XX
Independent MBA Supplement researching, writing plus phone calls _Lebedev 2014 GBP 187.50
Independent MBA Supplement researching, writing plus phone calls _Lebedev 2014 GBP 187.50
Irish Daily Mail FBS, prod/exes 50 _Assoc 2010 EUR 333
Irish Daily Mirror court reports First Irish Serial + web _TMG 2013 EUR 100 GR XX
Irish Examiner court reports First Irish Serial + web _Crosbie 2013 EUR 160 GR
Irish Examiner 2200 word feature for €250 , terms first serial rights offered _Crosbie 2009 EUR 114 XXX
Irish Independent court reports First Irish Serial + web _INM 2013 EUR 160 GR
Irish Times 800 words @ £ 140 = _ITtrust 2017 GBP 175
Irish Times Feature print and web _ITtrust 2015 EUR 200 0 X
Irish Times sports feature _ITtrust 2012 EUR 125 XXX
Irish Times magazine feature _ITtrust 2004 EUR 437.50
Jane's _IHS 2015 GBP 220
LA Times feature ($930) 2004 GBP 504
Lloyd's List regular column _Informa 2007 GBP 225 X
Lloyds Register _IHS 2012 GBP 180
Lloyds Register _Fairpl 2012 GBP 180
Lloyds Register (40 p / mile exes) 2008 GBP 185
Los Angeles Times said to to have been the going rate for a while... _Tribune 2015 USD 500 GR
Los Angeles Times 2009 USD 383 X
Los Angeles Times 1200 words for $1300 incl. web use _Tribune 2008 GBP 555
Los Angeles Times $1000 for 1600 - what about a dollar a word? _Tribune 2000 GBP 390 -
Los Angles Times (dollar a word) 1999 GBP 633 -
Mail on Sunday 200 words @ £200 _Assoc 2015 GBP 1000
Mail on Sunday 350 words @ £150 _Assoc 2015 GBP 429
Mail on Sunday 1500 words @ £500 = _Assoc 2014 GBP 333
Mail on Sunday 1500 words @ £500 = _Assoc 2014 GBP 333
Mail on Sunday feature: 1500 words @ £500 _Assoc 2013 GBP 333 XX
Mail on Sunday page lead - investigative story , no exes _Assoc 2013 GBP 1800 O
Mail on Sunday weekly column - if you're Piers Morgan - £350,000 a year for 1300 words a week (by our count) according to Private Eye - 'exaggerated' says the Mail _Assoc 2012 GBP 5325 O
Mail on Sunday _Assoc 2011 GBP 583
Mail on Sunday _Assoc 2008 GBP 1000 O
Mail on Sunday feature _Assoc 2007 GBP 1000 O
Mail on Sunday (Night and Day) _Assoc 2000 GBP 800 -
Mail Weekend 800 words @ £300 = _Assoc 2013 GBP 375 X
Metro 1200 words @ £175 = _Assoc 2017 GBP 146 X
New York Times / International Herald Tribune article 1058 words _NYT 2013 EUR 500 X
News of the World page lead _NI 1996 GBP 750 -
Observer online comment piece _GMG 2009 GBP 200
Observer _GMG 1999 GBP 600 - O
Private Eye report 300 words @ £150 = 2016 GBP 500
Reader's Digest tried to cut rate from £1000 to £500, demanding all rights - member got _RD 2009 GBP 600
San Franscisco Chronicle ($200) 1998 GBP 125 - XX
Saturday magazine celebrity column (400-650 words @ £250) FBS _NS 2010 GBP 625 GR
Scotland on Sunday page 7 lead, 850w; initially offered £200 _Johnsto 2014 GBP 353
Scotland on Sunday page 7 lead, 850w; initially offered £200 _Johnsto 2014 GBP 353
Scotland on Sunday page 7 lead, 850w; initially offered £200 _Johnsto 2014 GBP 353
Scotsman magazine _Johnsto 2012 GBP 400
Scotsman _BarcB 2008 GBP 400
Scottish Sun 150 word Sports NIB @ £20 = _Holl 2017 GBP 133
Selvedge magazine (textiles) feature __misc 2017 GBP 50 XX
Star _UM 2000 GBP 500 -
Sun news feature circa 1100 words _NI 2011 GBP 1090 O
Sunday Business _BarcB 1999 GBP 250 -
Sunday Business _BarcB 1998 GBP 357 -
Sunday Express feature _NS 2014 GBP 500 O
Sunday Express feature _NS 2014 GBP 500 O
Sunday Express feature _NS 2014 GBP 500 O
Sunday Express S Magazine; exes paid (amount not specified) _NS 2010 GBP 417
Sunday Express feature _NS 2009 GBP 625 O
Sunday Express book review, 600 words @ £300 _NS 2006 GBP 500
Sunday Herald 900-word foreign news piece @ £150 = _NQ 2017 GBP 167 GR X
Sunday Herald news feature on French election _SMG 2012 GBP 300
Sunday Herald feature on French election _NQ 2012 GBP 300
Sunday Herald review _NQ 2007 GBP 350 O
Sunday Independent news piece licence not discussed _INM 2007 EUR 1000 O
Sunday Independent (S Africa) _INM 1998 GBP 167 -
Sunday Mirror foreign exclusive _TMG 2003 GBP 900
Sunday Mirror foreign spread with pix, plus £400 exes _TMG 2003 GBP 1000
Sunday Telegraph 800 words @ £200 = _BarcB 2013 GBP 250 XX
Sunday Telegraph Travel piece, no exes _BarcB 2013 GBP 389 GR
Sunday Telegraph _Holl 1997 GBP 400 -
Sunday Telegraph> foreign news feature _BarcB 2010 GBP 455
Sunday Times Scotland celeb interview _NI 2006 GBP 200 X
Sunday Times print and online _NI 2016 GBP 300
Sunday Times _NI 2012 GBP 292 O
Sunday Times front page - down page FBS _NI 2001 GBP 1000
Sunday Times Home supplement _NI 2013 GBP 385 X
Sunday Times magazine 3000-word feature @ £2000 _NI 2011 GBP 667
Sunday Times News Review feature / interview _NI 2013 GBP 400
Sunday plus exes _NI 2006 GBP 500
Ta Nea 2500 words @ EUR250, OK by Greek standards 2007 EUR 100
Telegraph magazine - money section 1500-word celeb interview @ £300 = _BarcB 2014 GBP 200 XXX
Telegraph magazine - money section 1500-word celeb interview @ £300 = _BarcB 2014 GBP 200 XXX
Telegraph Saturday Magazine feature FBS but with permission to syndicate at 50% 2005 GBP 400
Telegraph 1200 words @ £480 = 2017 GBP 400
Telegraph feature _BarcB 2015 GBP 350
Telegraph online piece for 'Wonder Woman' - 900 words _BarcB 2013 GBP 0 0
Telegraph set report for TV pages licensed for 90 days, syndication paid 50/50, exes paid _BarcB 2013 GBP 300 X
Telegraph BarcB 2012 GBP 400
Telegraph cut feature rate _BarcB 2009 GBP 250
Telegraph 800-word features, each £400 = _BarcB 2007 GBP 500
Telegraph Arts BarcB 2012 GBP 250 X
Telegraph supplements subbing day (7hrs) paid time off on top _BarcB 2017 GBP 150
Telegraph weekend Review book review - print, 500 words 2013 GBP 250 0
Telegraph interview for Stella exclusive licence for 90 days, syndication paid 50/50, exes paid _BarcB 2013 GBP 400
The Baltic Times 600 words @ £30 = 2016 EUR 50 XXX
The Guardian 1000-word interview _GMG 2015 GBP 300
The Herald 1500 word Weekend Magazine feature @ £200 = _NQ 2007 GBP 133 XX
The Irish Times news story print and web _ITtrust 2016 EUR 260 X
The Lady interview 2012 GBP 250 X
The Mirror feature _TMG 2015 GBP 1000 O
The National (Abu Dhabi) 2009 GBP 500
The National (UAE) opinion pieces - 800 words @ £ 208 = 2016 GBP 260
The National Arab weekly column: 900 words @ £250 = 2016 GBP 278
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
The Tablet report 2016 GBP 200 X
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
Times Education Supplement 500 word column for online use @ £150 _TSL 2014 GBP 300
Times Education Supplement 500 word column @ £200 _TSL 2014 GBP 400
Times Higher Education Supplement 1500 words analysis feature @ £260 _TSL 2007 GBP 173 XX
Times column: 700 words @ £500, extra for syndication _NI 2016 GBP 714 86
Times _NI 2012 GBP 437.50
Times _NI 2012 GBP 467
Times (Times 2) _NI 2009 GBP 354.17
Times FBS _NI 2008 GBP 500 GR
Times 500-word comment piece @ £350 _NI 2008 GBP 700
Times 950 word comment @ £600 _NI 2007 GBP 630 O
Times Thunderer, 500 words @ £350 _NI 2007 GBP 700 O
Times FBS _NI 2007 GBP 600
Times (Ireland digital edition) news story, 600 words @ €100 = _NI 2016 EUR 167 X
Times - money section 650 words @ £300 = _NI 2014 GBP 462 O
Times - money section 650 words @ £300 = _NI 2014 GBP 462 O
Voice _VTA 1999 GBP 50 - XX
Wall Street Journal Europe feature from original pitch all intergalactic rights _NI 2013 EUR 758 GR
Wall Street Journal feature for weekly section First US Serial, 'I think' _NI 2013 GBP 450 GR
Weekly Telegraph _BarcB 2011 GBP 220 X
Wire feature 2017 GBP 70
You magazine (Mail on Sunday) _Assoc 2007 EUR 500
A newspaper in Ireland feature _ITtrust 2015 EUR 200 X
A Texas newspaper second use of piece from Sunday Mail US$175 = 2003 GBP 112
Australian newspapers reported standard rate AU$ 0.07per word see www.alliance.org.au 2009 GBP 327 GR
BBC News Online 800 word news feature inc pix _BBC 2010 GBP 213 0
BBC News Online 800 word news feature inc pix _BBC 2010 GBP 213 X
BBC News Online 1000-word news feature inc pix _BBC 2010 GBP 213 X
BBC News Online 350 word news story _BBC 2010 GBP 100
BBC online news item 800 words @ £142 = _BBC 2016 GBP 177.50
China News Service daily photo 2012 GBP 50
Ethnic press 750 words @ £50 = 2014 GBP 67 XXX
Ethnic press 750 words @ £50 = 2014 GBP 67 XXX
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
IRIN News (OCHA) 2012 USD 430
London Press Service 1995 GBP 100 -
MSN - money section (web only) feature _Yahoo 2014 GBP 300 O
MSN - money section (web only) feature _Yahoo 2014 GBP 300 O
NBC The Grio up to _NBC 2012 USD 285
News International 200 words @ £300 _NI 2015 GBP 1500

The above are the rates for Words, per 1000 / news notified by members up to 14 November 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

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