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

Updated: 23 June 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.

^ 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
Cycling Weekly Online Writing day, exes £60/day subsistence + £250 max travel all rights _AOLTW 2016 GBP 150 0 GR XX
Devex Q and A session 2016 USD 225 GR X
Eurogamer (Gamer Network) 2000-word feature @ £120 Web use only 2014 GBP 60 XX
Eurogamer (Gamer Network) 2000-word feature @ £120 Web use only 2014 GBP 60 XX
European Cultural Digest 1998 GBP 200 -
Guardian blog/opinion language-learning _GMG 2013 GBP 170 X
Guardian feature language-learning _GMG 2013 GBP 420 O
Guardian online feature/reporting terms "not discussed" - is below house agreement rate for the paper, so do! _GMG 2015 GBP 310 GR
Hot News online 2010 GBP 100 X
Launch, yahoo.com, dotmusic record/gig reviews, 500 words @ £35 (cut from £40) _Yahoo 2009 GBP 70 XX
Leeds (Leeds University alumni magazine) Features Leeds uni website only 2011 GBP 380 GR
Legal Updater identify expert; interview; research; write all rights assigned plus indemnity clause _RE 2006 GBP 170 X
Media resistance (Belgium) Web publication: $1000 for 15k characters) 2000 GBP 260 -
Media Resistance (Belgium - ($1000 for 15k characters) 1999 GBP 262 -
New Internationalist online feature 2011 GBP 125 XX
New Statesman (online) Writing a blog / article for The Staggers - was £80 in 1990! _Progres 2016 GBP 75 XXX GR
New Statesman online column - 600 words @ £ 75 terms "not discussed" _Progres 2015 GBP 125 GR X
One in Four feaures on mental health issues FBS, additional payment for online use 2012 GBP 100 GR
One Shot TV Guide 2000-word interview @ £ 700 _CBS 2015 GBP 350
Open Mind column (500 words @ £60) no copyright grab 2012 GBP 120 GR
Positive News 2014 GBP 140 X
Science Business web only 2010 GBP 400
The Ecologist 1600-word feature, first offered £280, negotiated to £330 all rights 2010 GBP 207 0 X
The Register tech-related articles 2016 GBP 250 GR
The Stool Pigeon news report 2010 GBP 50 XX
Vice online feature, 1800 words @ £180 = _INM 2016 GBP 100 XX
VICE 1000 words kill fee (not sure what the £60 is for - ed) 2015 GBP 120 60 GR XX
Vice Munchies 800 words @ £160 = 2016 GBP 200
Visual Systems Journal (Matt Publishing - or Bearpark?) Technical articles 2002 GBP 250 0
24HourMuseum website First Web Rights 2002 GBP 300
Aol travel pieces - PR facilities _AOLTW 2009 GBP 0 XXXX
BBC Learning Fictional story non-exclusive _BBC 2016 GBP 138 GR
BBC Music online 350 words @ £ 30 = _BBC 2012 GBP 86 XX
BBC Online licence not specified - they seem to have a payment on publication policy - last time payment took nearly 5 months _BBC 2005 GBP 218
BBC Online feature _BBC 2015 GBP 576 O
BBC website _BBC 2010 GBP 200 XX
BBC worldwide 2000 word feature @ £700 _BBC 2015 GBP 350 GR
BikeRadar.com news online, all rights _Future 2010 GBP 150 XXX
blueyonder.co.uk 300 word film review @ £125 = _TeleW 2006 GBP 417 O
C4 Music website First Online rights _C4 2005 GBP 200
Channel 4 programme support booklets + web material, per 1000 _C4 2002 GBP 275 O
Channel 4 writing for website _C4 2001 GBP 250
Channel 4 website essay for Dispatches - no improvement in years! all rights _C4 2005 GBP 275 X
Channel 4 website same rate for 3 years _C4 2005 GBP 275
Channel 4 website _C4 2000 GBP 250
condenet.com $1 a word _CondN 2001 GBP 690
CultureWhisper.com 500-word features @ £30, generally listicles or previews 2014 GBP 15 GR XXXX
Demand Studios web only 2010 GBP 50 XXX
Digital-Lifestyles.info news articles 2004 GBP 100 X
earthzine.org 1200 word cyberscience feature @ $1000 = 2013 USD 833 O
emusic.com 200-word review @ £100 (up from $pound;75 for a nominal 150 words, in practice was 200) 2009 GBP 500
emusic.com album reviews , all rights 2009 GBP 500 GR
emusic.com short features 700-1000 words , all rights 2009 GBP 250 0 GR
EMusic.com 250+ word album review for £150 All rights 2007 GBP 600 O
emusic.com short features 700-1000 words, all rights 2000 GBP 350 GR
ESPNSoccernet _Disney 2008 GBP 100
Film4 website 1800 words for £200 = _C4 2006 GBP 111 XXX
FirstPersonGlobal all rights 2002 GBP 300
Forty Fourth Publishing arts reviews for new as yet unnamed website: 500 words @ £100 2011 GBP 200 X
Forty Fourth Publishing arts reviews for new as-yet-unnamed website: 800 words @ £200 2011 GBP 250
Freeserve websites feature article 2002 GBP 285
Google music reviews all rights, heavy indemnity clauses _Google 2013 GBP 200 XX
Google music reviews all rights, heavy indemnity clauses _Google 2013 GBP 150 XX
Greener Copywriting agency blog/online article writing 2015 GBP 25 XXXX
Guardian Networks (IT support section) all rights - contrary to house agreement? 2012 GBP 300
Handbag.com Features 2003 GBP 300
icircle.com (freeserve.co.uk) feature All rights 2003 GBP 200 X
ideastap.com 2009 GBP 350 X
Improvement and Development Agency feature writing no terms specified _HMG 2002 GBP 200
Institute for War and Peace Reporting 2002 GBP 75
Intelfax content for UK Foreign Office websites no exes! 2002 GBP 125 0
jobs.ac.uk website 800 word articles for university @ £100 2014 GBP 125
justfornurses.co.uk feature writing, 700 words @ £300, no terms specified 2002 GBP 450 GR O
Knowledge@Wharton.edu 1500-word feature web only 2010 USD 667 GR O
londonr.com feature - 700 words @ £35 = 2016 GBP 50 XX
londonr.com feature - 1000 words 2016 GBP 55 XX
MSN (Microsoft) all rights, no expenses, no tax at source 2013 USD 1000 GR O
MSN Travel 2500 - 3000 word piece all rights 2010 GBP 200 GR
MSN website all rights 2010 GBP 200 GR X
Music website re-use of old print article online 2009 USD 500
Music website re-use of old print article online 2009 GBP 75
new website travel _NI 2000 GBP 300
NHS website copy _HMG 2008 GBP 200 X
opendemocracy.net 1000-word column 2006 GBP 100 X
OpenDemocracy.org retained copyright 2004 GBP 0
Oxford Analytica 2011 GBP 225
pinke.biz 2009 GBP 50 XX
Project Maverick (I-Pad app magazine) feature _Virgin 2010 GBP 500 O
Search Sciences LLP www.searchsciences.co.uk 1000 word articles to a brief 2013 GBP 10 XXXX
Snack Media (complained of by Roy Greenslade on his Guardian blog 2011 GBP 10 XXXX
Snowsports websites online content management day (7 hours) 2011 GBP 120 XX
Soccernet all rights _Disney 2007 GBP 100 X
Specialist music mag Album reviews terms not specified 2016 GBP 60 GR
Suite101.de 1000 word articles for Web use only: offered €0.00 plus 50% of revenue from Google Ad-click, if any. Turned down! 2009 GBP 0 XX
TeacherNet web feature _HMG 2004 GBP 244
theregister.co.uk 2003 GBP 250
thewriter.com 2012 GBP 300
Think Africa Press plus £10 for a photo all rights 2013 GBP 150 XX
TotalJobs.com 600-word features @ £100 all rights, pay only on publication and no guarantee of publication; member 'thanks but no thanks' _RBI 2010 GBP 167
Travel copywriting company country / sports guides 2010 GBP 25 XXXX
VICE News 18p per word plus £20 per photo for news feature 2016 GBP 180 GR
Vice.com reporting job, photos included 2015 GBP 135
Vice.com researching and writing feature inc interviews 2015 GBP 167
Vice.com researching and writing feature inc interviews - offered £200 for 1800 words, asked for £350 , got £300 2015 GBP 167
Virgin Media website entertainment features, 500 words @ £125 first world online rights (FWOR) by default (no rights specified) _Virgin 2010 GBP 250
Website short articles for site yet to go online , all rights 2010 GBP 15 XXX
Website for a national charity 12 monthly articles, each £130 for 800 words web use indefinitely 2005 GBP 162.50
Wellcome Trust MOSAIC - 'flu research licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivs 3.0 2013 GBP 600 O
Writing about business writing commissioned article 2013 GBP 150
www.parentdish.co.uk all rights _AOL 2013 GBP 100 GR XX
Yahoo _Yahoo 2012 GBP 333
Yahoo France feature _Yahoo 2014 GBP 150 X
Yahoo France feature _Yahoo 2014 GBP 150 X
yahoo.com re-use of blog articles in online archive - net to freelance is $150 from gross payment of _yahoo 2008 USD 310

The above are the rates for Words, per 1000 / online notified by members up to 23 June 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