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

Updated: 15 March 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, 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
Barnsley Chronicle lineage, per line __misc 2005 GBP 0.07 GR X^9!
Belfast Telegraph entertainment review, evening job, 4 hours, 250 words _INM 2013 GBP 25 0 XX
Birmingham Post 800 word foreign feature for page lead _TMG 2001 GBP 60 XX
Cyprus Observer (Northern Cyprus weekly newspaper) 2500 words per week plus pics no expenses; no tax; unrecognised territory although paper sold in London 2008 GBP 65 XXXX
Dundee Courier page lead _DCT 2013 GBP 30 XXX
East Anglian Daily Times Feature up to 2000 words free reuse in any other Archant publication _ECN 2003 GBP 70 GR XX
Edinburgh Evening News piece _Johnsto 2010 GBP 30 GR XX
Edinburgh Evening News reporting no expenses, not taxed at source _Johnsto 2007 GBP 50 X
Evening Herald (Ireland) news page lead _INM 2006 EUR 65 GR XX
Evening Standard news story as page lead _Lebedev 2010 GBP 150 GR XX
Evening Standard tip-off (phone number) _EPL 2010 GBP 35
Evening Standard page lead news story _EPL 2009 GBP 150 GR XX
Greenwich Time opinion piece for council paper FBS _HMG 2009 GBP 0 XXXX
Ham + High film reviews, 300 words _ECN 2009 GBP 50 XX
Ham and High film reviews, 300 words _ECN 2008 GBP 50
Hastings Independent (community-owned) 750 words 2014 GBP 0
Hastings Independent (community-owned) 750 words 2014 GBP 0
Herald (Glasgow) In Brief news item _NQ 2014 GBP 10 GR XXX
Herald (Glasgow) In Brief news item _NQ 2014 GBP 10 GR XXX
Herald (Glasgow) In Brief news item _NQ 2014 GBP 10 GR XXX
Islington Tribune (Camden New Journal group) 700 words + submitted pics (£20 per pic used) FBS _NJE 2004 GBP 75
Kent + Sussex Courier producing advertorials of around 600-700 words for newspaper's clients. stuff regularly lifted by other publications and paper's own website _Assoc 2007 GBP 40 GR XXXX
La Voce di Mantova (Italy) (Vidiemme) reporting news, photos; 300-word pieces; 2/3 hours per job 2014 EUR 5 0 XXXX
La Voce di Mantova (Italy) (Vidiemme) reporting news, photos; 300-word pieces; 2/3 hours per job 2014 EUR 5 0 XXXX
Londra Gazete (North London Turkish newspaper) "stories per day, 500 words" it says here 2017 GBP 120
Manchester Advertiser Weekly column on health + fitness per line - usually submit 800-100 words _GMG 2004 GBP 0.15 X
Manchester Evening News news page lead on 5, around 300 words _TMG 2010 GBP 30.90 GR XX
Manchester Evening News Page lead - flat _GMG 2004 GBP 30.90 GR
Manchester Evening News Front page lead - flat _GMG 2004 GBP 68.36 GR
Manchester Evening News Lineage, first 100 words (5p/word thereafter) _GMG 2004 GBP 6.05 GR
Middlewich Guardian court report _GMG 2006 GBP 20 XXXX
Newcastle Journal 1500 word feature including expenses! _TMG 2000 GBP 65 X
Northern Echo feature _NQ 2013 GBP 70 XX
Northern Echo news lead _NQ 2013 GBP 45 XX
Nottingham Post page lead _Assoc 2013 GBP 30 GR XXX
Nottingham Post back end lead with research _Assoc 2013 GBP 80 GR XX
Scotsman feature kill fee _SMG 2007 GBP 100 X
Sheffield Telegraph writing, an 'opinion' type piece, c.700 words FBS _Johnsto 2005 GBP 50 X
Southampton Daily Echo Amateur theatre reviews - 150 words in paper and on newspaper website. _NQ 2012 GBP 30 GR
Stylist (Short Media) trend cover story 2011 GBP 233
The Courier, Dundee short rugby match report + pic (not used) single repro (said i'd be paid £15max for words) _DCT 2006 GBP 0 XXXX
The Herald (Glasgow) 180-word down front page story _NQ 2014 GBP 17 XXXX
The Herald (Glasgow) 180-word down front page story _NQ 2014 GBP 17 XXXX
The Herald (Glasgow) 180-word down front page story _NQ 2014 GBP 17 XXXX
The London Paper 200 words _NI 2009 GBP 60
The Nationalist research and writing news items per line; measure 3.75 cm _Crosbie 2005 EUR 0.10 XXX
West End News 100 words 2007 GBP 90
Western Daily Press, West Country Life mag travel feature - 800words + fact box _Assoc 2005 GBP 50
Western Gazette news paid as lineage no expenses or mileage or anything else _Assoc 2004 GBP 0.17 XXX
Wrexham Evening Leader (North Wales Newspapers) Music / Arts reviewing with some previews and weekly GIG GUIDE _NWN 2003 GBP 15 XX
Yorkshire Post p3 half page _Johnsto 2012 GBP 100
Yorkshire Post 800 word article plus one photograph FBS plus web _Johnsto 2011 GBP 170
Yorkshire Post 500 word feature - first offered £19 _Johnsto 2008 GBP 50 XXXX
Yorkshire Post arts review - not a misprint _Johnsto 2005 GBP 21.90 XXXX
North Wales Newspapers (News Associates agency) batch of 40 articles _NWN 2008 GBP 450
Small (fledgling) regional weekly local news articles want exclusive rights 2004 GBP 10 XXXX

The above are the rates for Words, other / regional notified by members up to 15 March 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 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