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

Updated: 08 July 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.

^ 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
Aswat el Ger unspecified piece 2008 GBP 75 XX
Daily Express Scottish front page lead FBS _NS 2004 GBP 120
Daily Express Brutus column _UM 1999 GBP 50 -
Daily Mail news story, made around 4 pars _Assoc 2013 GBP 125
Daily Mail _BarcB 2011 GBP 166 XX
Daily Mail 400 words, all rights _Assoc 2011 GBP 200
Daily Mail Diary piece, length unspecified _Assoc 2011 GBP 100 XX
Daily Mail Real Life piece, £1000 for 1800 words FBSR _Assoc 2010 GBP 556 O
Daily Mail page lead, sent all round (not exclusive) no terms specified _Assoc 2009 GBP 150 GR XX
Daily Mail feature FBS _Assoc 2007 GBP 1800 GR
Daily Mail filler _Assoc 1998 GBP 100 -
Daily Mirror News, p9, 280 words _TMG 2014 GBP 70
Daily Mirror words + pic _TMG 2014 GBP 30
Daily Mirror Ticket feature 750 - 1200 words FBS _TMG 2006 GBP 350
Daily Mirror six-par stick _TMG 2000 GBP 120 -
Daily Record news page lead FBS _TMG 2004 GBP 70 X
Daily Telegraph page lead (no length) _BarcB 2014 GBP 110 X
Daily Telegraph revision of two existing articles on Greek islands, generation of new destinations for use in Saturday print supplement, and online in perpetuity _BarcB 2013 GBP 2000 GR O
Daily Telegraph 350-word website news story @ £25 = _BarcB 2012 GBP 71 XX
Daily Telegraph international news 300 mid page or anchor and full web useor/ side bar _BarcB 2012 GBP 60 GR XX
Daily Telegraph international news 300 mid page or anchor and full web use _BarcB 2012 GBP 60 GR XXXX
Daily Telegraph 180 word news story _BarcB 2011 GBP 35
Daily Telegraph news story, wordage unspecified _BarcB 2010 GBP 110 X
Daily Telegraph paperback reviews, 110 words, down from £75 _BarcB 2009 GBP 40 XXX
Daily Telegraph 150-word album reviews _BarcB 2008 GBP 75
Daily Telegraph 'a small column' _Holl 1994 GBP 125 -
Diez Portiento (Argentina) article+photos 1998 GBP 100 -
ES magazine page _Assoc 1998 GBP 450 -
ES magazine per page _Assoc 1998 GBP 450 -
Evening Standard live concert review _Lebedev 2010 GBP 140 X
Evening Standard comment/news piece _EPL 2009 GBP 500
Evening Standard diary item _Assoc 1999 GBP 40 -
Evening Standard diary item _Assoc 1999 GBP 40 -
Evening Standard diary item _Assoc 1997 GBP 100 -
Evening Standard whole pink page (member: 'too low'!) _Assoc 1994 GBP 200 - X
Financial Times feature FBS _Pearson 2005 GBP 400
Financial Times diary column 'up to' _Pearson 1994 GBP 200 -
Guardian Weekly 1200-word article + image "reduced rate" _GMG 2009 GBP 110 XXX
Guardian Commissioned blog post - Comment is Free - minimum _GMG 2012 GBP 90 HA
Guardian 600-word blog for ents section _GMG 2012 GBP 87
Guardian unspecified feature _GMG 2012 GBP 285
Guardian Learn Direct online - flat rate (for 5 years) _GMG 2012 GBP 200
Guardian page for education section, extra online material _GMG 2012 GBP 500
Guardian feature for Family supplement (NB agreed minimum is £301.63 incl. 6.5% online uplift) _GMG 2011 GBP 273.24 17.76
Guardian blog piece for Life & Style, online only _GMG 2011 GBP 87 GR
Guardian 1200 words @ £250 (again, below agreed minimum) _GMG 2011 GBP 208
Guardian 400 words online only _GMG 2011 GBP 87
Guardian Comment is Free _GMG 2011 GBP 85 0
Guardian theatre blog 500 words _GMG 2010 GBP 85 XX
Guardian 'Comment' blog _GMG 2009 GBP 85
Guardian 600-word blog for arts section - frequently spiked, with loose promised of unspecified kill fee no exes _GMG 2008 GBP 85 GR XX
Guardian 150-word music, film reviews , terms as Guardian agreement _GMG 2008 GBP 50
Guardian 300-word gig reviews , terms as Guardian agreement _GMG 2008 GBP 100
Guardian diary piece no terms discussed _GMG 2007 GBP 50 X
Guardian diary piece no terms discussed _GMG 2007 GBP 30 XX
Guardian short weekly column _GMG 1998 GBP 100 - X
Guardian weekly short column _GMG 1998 GBP 100 - XX
Guardian Comment is free _GMG 2009 GBP 80
Guardian Comment is Free standard online comment piece _GMG 2014 GBP 90 GR
Herald 200-word review _NQ 2007 GBP 50 XXX
Herald (Glasgow) London theatre review _SMG 1994 GBP 40 - X
Independent on Sunday half-page lead business story, 500 words, used as second lead for the whole week _INM 2009 GBP 100 XXXX
Independent on Sunday page lead (750) _INM 1998 GBP 80 - XXXX
Independent features 800-1200 words-ish _Lebedev 2013 GBP 200 X
Independent back end lead with research _Lebedev 2013 GBP 200 XX
Independent 600-word news report from a european capital _INM 2008 GBP 85 0 GR XXX
Independent gig review (400 words) certain exes paid, such as ticket costs, no extra payment for web use _INM 2008 GBP 120 0 GR
Independent Saturday mag 2pp _INM 1994 GBP 500 - X
Irish Examiner book review FBS _Crosbie 2013 EUR 125 GR X
Irish Examiner feature, length not specified _Crosbie 2006 GBP 70 XX
Irish Independent online column _INM 2012 EUR 90
Irish Post feature + 3 photos - terms? _Smurf 2003 EUR 100
Irish Sunday Times 300 words news report @ £100 First Irish Serial + web _NI 2013 EUR 333.33
Irish Times The Irishwoman's Diary _ITtrust 2005 EUR 120
Irish Times 400 word book review _ITtrust 2004 EUR 220 O
Mail on Sunday kill fee for news story _Assoc 2010 GBP 350
Mail on Sunday £2500 agreed, story spiked, all expenses paid plus kill fee, after negotiation, of _Assoc 2009 GBP 2000
Mail on Sunday Assistance with page 1 lead _Assoc 2000 GBP 500
Mail on Sunday page lead _Assoc 1998 GBP 500 -
Mail on Sunday Analysis spread _Assoc 1997 GBP 1600 -
Mail online 'real life' story - made lead on femail second UK serial rights _Assoc 2014 GBP 40 GR
Metro travel piece: 900 words including boxes, plus photos. Editor: "Look, we know it's not much but how do you think we manage to put out a free paper?" Member: "No way." _Assoc 2008 GBP 150 XXXX
Metro 250-wd arts previews licence not known _Assoc 2007 GBP 37.50 X
Miami Herald newsy feature from Venezuela , no exes paid, worldwide licence sought before publisher would use copy. 2009 USD 250 0 XXX
News of the World page lead mid-paper _NI 2010 GBP 500
News Of The World live music review, 100-150 words _NI 2010 GBP 50 X
News of the World story research _NI 2009 GBP 200 GR
News of the World spread _NI 1996 GBP 3500 -
Politiken (Denmark) 750 word news piece - filed in English 2003 EUR 300
Singtao EU (Hong-Kong based newspaper) articles of unspecified length, between £30 and £100 per article 2012 GBP 100 X
Sun p7 page lead (exclusive) _NI 2013 GBP 950
Sun news story, made 3 pars bottom of p6 _NI 2013 GBP 55
Sun "small page lead" story, worcount not specified _NI 2011 GBP 500 O
Sun football report , no exes _NI 2010 GBP 30 XXX
Sun 5-par story _NI 2009 GBP 60 GR
Sun exclusive football transfer story, 4 pars used _NI 2009 GBP 40 X
Sunday Mirror page lead _TMG 1998 GBP 750 -
Sunday Telegraph 400 word story spiked then refreshed and used following week all rights _BarcB 2009 GBP 300 GR
Sunday Times (Scotland) column _NI 2000 GBP 250 -
Sunday Times kill fee for 1200 words commissioned _NI 2010 GBP 150
Sunday Times Money column _NI 1998 GBP 250 - X
Sunday World news page lead _INM 2012 EUR 130 X
Telegraph reviews - commissioners trying to cut rate to £60 _BarcB 2009 GBP 100
Telegraph stories used online only, regardless of length _BarcB 2009 GBP 25 XXXX
Telegraph 900-word feature, rate is reduction from 2007 incl. web use _BarcB 2008 GBP 300 XX
Telegraph city diary piece no terms discussed _BarcB 2007 GBP 35
Telegraph magazine - money section 1200-word celeb interview @ £400 = _BarcB 2014 GBP 333 XX
The People page 17 lead, weird foreign Web included _TMG 2014 GBP 1000 0
The Sunday Times (Ireland) news story - 350 words _NI 2007 GBP 82.50
The Tablet feature FBS 2009 GBP 200
The Times 20 x 100-word listings plus picture research _NI 2013 GBP 400
Times 80-word album reviews, Sounds section _NI 2008 GBP 40 X
Times 450-500-word book reviews, Books sec, Sat ed _NI 2008 GBP 150
Times 120-word album, DVD, film reviews _NI 2008 GBP 50 X
Times news page lead _NI 2007 GBP 130 GR XXX
Times arts feature: for anything between 800-1200 words. no licence terms discussed _NI 2006 GBP 350
Voice (1500 think-piece) _VTA 1994 GBP 200 -
BBC News Online 350 word news story, includes pix , terms not discussed _BBC 2010 GBP 100
BBC News Online 800 words on G8/G20 summit , £63 extra for pix , terms not discussed _BBC 2010 GBP 150
BBC News Online 750 words plus 5 original photos _BBC 2012 GBP 216
Media Wales review, 350 words 2012 GBP 50
PA sport night lead (600-800 words) pathetic _PA 2007 GBP 50 XXX
PA sport match report 50-75 pounds _PA 2007 GBP 50 XX
RTE online/teletext film review _RTE 2006 EUR 51 GR
Sunday Telegraph 750 words _BarcB 2014 GBP 250 X
unnamed Irish tabloid Central America news story talked up from "recession price" of Euro 180 offered, same paper offered Euro 500 two years ago 2010 EUR 250

The above are the rates for Words, other / news notified by members up to 08 July 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