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

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 / 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
Publication/Programme - details & terms        Group Year ¤ Basic fee Extras
Adventure Bike Rider feature package - 1000 words + photographs Fee was offered for FBS + web "taster" rights: work was declined 2010 GBP 150 XXXX
Aesthetica 2000 word article (art/photography/film/architecture feature including interview) __misc 2016 GBP 95 0 GR XXX
After Nyne 600 words, offered and refused! 2016 GBP 6
Antique Doll Collector feature - US$350 = 2007 GBP 175 GR
AOR album review (225 words) _Future 2012 GBP 35 X
Artists & Illustrators 400-word interview _Quarto 2006 GBP 100
BBC Countryfile Mag 500-word walking route, with six pics. No exes. all rights - appears online (without consultation) 2008 GBP 120 X
BBC Good Food top 10 list feature, 600-700 words all rights _BBC 2014 GBP 150 0 GR
BBC Good Food top 10 list feature, 600-700 words all rights _BBC 2014 GBP 150 0 GR
Belvedere 750 words paid for with subscription to magazine for 1 year 2011 GBP 0 X
Best of British 700 words + 4 photos 2008 GBP 50 XXX
Boston Globe Magazine feature article First rights US$1200= _NYT 2006 GBP 631 X
Bridge Plus monthly column 1999 GBP 80 -
Canoe + Kayak ten 30-word blogs 2013 USD 500
Canoe + Kayak weekly blog entries on Ukrainian Kayak expedition 5 blog entries at 300-500 words each _Source 2013 USD 500 0
Cat World 1000 word feature + 6 photos, prod/exes not paid for these do not pick up the phone and refused to tell me how much i was to be paid until after publication _Ashdown 2008 GBP 65 XXXX
Catholic Herald 800 word feature one photo, no prod/exes FBS 2008 GBP 50 XXX
Classic and Sports Car 300 word article plus photographs FBS plus web _Bauer 2011 GBP 200
Classic Bike Guide feature of 1500-2000 words + photographs licence not known _TMG 2002 GBP 200 X
Classic Cars 800 word article and 6 photos one use only _Bauer 2012 GBP 375
Community Care 250-word book review _RBI 2009 GBP 30
Community Care attend and write up a conference _RBI 2004 GBP 130 XXXX
Community Practitioner attend and write up a conference 2004 GBP 250
Computer Weekly (TechTarget Inc.) Top-performing bloggers - paid according to number of page views - per month __misc 2014 GBP 300
Computer Weekly (TechTarget Inc.) Top-performing bloggers - paid according to number of page views - per month __misc 2014 GBP 300
Computer Weekly (TechTarget Inc.) Top-performing bloggers - paid according to number of page views - per month __misc 2014 GBP 300
Condé Nast Traveller 200-word review _CondN 2016 GBP 100
Condé Nast Traveller 250 words _CondN 2008 GBP 125
Construction News 900 words + 200-word box , FBS + web _Economi 2009 GBP 247
Cook Vegetarian features 2011 GBP 200
Cosmopolitan opinion/comment piece of 1000 words plus photoshoot (whole evening in studio) , all rights _NatMag 2008 GBP 400 XX
Country Homes and Interiors feature _IPC 2005 GBP 500 O
Country Smallholding 2000 word article plus photos _ECN 2008 GBP 150 X
Cycling Active 1500 words plus pics, map, info boxes no terms discussed _IPC 2013 GBP 400
Cyprus Weekly 200 words 2009 EUR 50
Daily Telegraph 550-word interview for inside Magazine back page "Flashback" _BarcB 2011 GBP 100 XXXX
Dalesman (Country Publications) three short features 2600 words plus four photographs FBS 2013 GBP 290 GR
Design Week 200 words _Centaur 2012 GBP 60
DJ magazine album reviews of unspecified length member remarks "kinflints & didn't pay" 2016 GBP 20
Economist 650 words , all rights _Pearson 2010 GBP 400 O
Economist 650 word story one off payment, no expenses, not taxed at source _Pearson 2005 GBP 200
Economist online 4-500 word blog, range from £75 for thinkpiece to actual journalism at _Pearson 2012 GBP 250
Elle Decoration 350 word feature, plus 200 wd box, plus v detailed captions , terms all rights _Hach 2008 GBP 350
Elle Decoration interview plus brief bio - 300 words _Hach 2008 GBP 200
Empire 70 word dvd review _Bauer 2014 GBP 40
ENDS report (environmental news) collaborative writing, about 30,000 words _HM 2012 GBP 3000 O
English Teaching Professional (Pavilion) 1400 @ £80 = FBS 2014 GBP 57 0 XXXX
English Teaching Professional (Pavilion) 1400 @ £80 = FBS 2014 GBP 57 0 XXXX
EYE (Early Years Educator) (MA Education) 2012 GBP 250 GR
Fair Planet 100 lines + interactive 2016 GBP 100
Family Circle 1800 word feature all rights including waiving of moral rights _IPC 2005 GBP 550 0
Fest feature 2011 GBP 50
First Eleven feature with case studies FBS _Chelsea 2012 GBP 208 GR X
First Voice of Business feature, size unspecified, with picture research 2010 GBP 300
Fortean Times 1600 words + pics , prod/exes + pics fee yet to be negotiated rate is above new standard rates which have fallen even lower _Dennis 2016 GBP 100 XX
Fortean Times 3000 word feature + pics + (limited) exes, pics still to be negotiated, talked up even worse per word rate offered _Dennis 2014 GBP 225 XX
Fortean Times 3000 word feature + pics + (limited) exes, pics still to be negotiated, talked up even worse per word rate offered _Dennis 2014 GBP 225 XX
Fortean Times 1600 words + 2 pix _Dennis 2012 GBP 220 XXX
Fortean Times 7500 words + some pic research _Dennis 2010 GBP 760 X
Fortean Times 800-word opinion piece _Dennis 2008 GBP 90 X
Fortean Times 1000 words + 2 x 500-word side bars + lots of picture research FBS and web _Dennis 2008 GBP 500
FourFourTwo feature global rights, no expenses _HM 2011 GBP 700
France 1500-word feature plus photos FBS _ECN 2013 GBP 300
Frank quarter page _EMAP 1998 GBP 100 -
Front magazine (Flip Media) feature with a fair degree of involvement/research 2008 GBP 500 GR
Glamour feature says "Rights" - all? _CondN 2014 GBP 700 O
Glamour feature says "Rights" - all? _CondN 2014 GBP 700 O
Glamour feature says "Rights" - all? _CondN 2014 GBP 700 O
Green Futures one 650-word page 1998 GBP 150 -
Green Parent article (no pics demanded) 2015 GBP 75
Harpers Wine + Spirit pieces, any length _WReed 2013 GBP 50 XXX
History Today 400 word review 2011 GBP 75
History Today researching and writing 2200 words 2010 GBP 150 X
Holiday Cottages/Villas 1000 words + photos FBS 2009 GBP 150 XX
Horse and Hound weekly 250-word paragraph _IPC 2013 GBP 70
Horse and Hound feature - anything between 1500 and 5000 words, up to _IPC 2013 GBP 400
Horse and Hound news story, up to _IPC 2013 GBP 100
Huck 650-word interview short feature 2010 GBP 155 X
in magazine 500-600 word features, wrote ten a month. 2010 GBP 35 XX
Information Age (Infoconomy) 1500 word feature all rights 2003 GBP 450 GR O
Inside Housing two days to research feature _TMG 1998 GBP 230 -
Insight piece 1999 GBP 550 -
Interweave Knits 1500 word feature including a few pics (sourced from interviewees) would have better if the USD exchange rate was better 2016 USD 600
Journalist feature (how long?) _TU 2006 GBP 100 HA ?
Kerrang! downpage 150-word album review _EMAP 2008 GBP 20 GR X
Kijk (Netherlands) one phone number: free subscription plus 1998 GBP 25 - O
League paper / Non-League paper 10p per word if anything 2007 GBP 100 XXX
LinuxUser & Developer (Horsepower Media) four page feature (3000 words) all rights 2003 GBP 400 X
London Magazine (Premiere Publishing) feature (how long?) 1996 GBP 300 -
M-iD (Infoconomy) 1800 word feature all rights 2003 GBP 540 GR O
MacWorld per page _IDG 2008 GBP 100 GR XX
Macworld online any piece worldwide rights, in perpetuity plus reprints abroad _Ziff 2005 GBP 150
Marketing USA magazine 1600 words, pics, stats, research interviews 2016 USD 500 O
mbr (Mountain Bike Rider) per piece? All rights _IPC 2015 GBP 75 0
Media Transasia feature $200 - $400; say 1995 GBP 620 -
Melody Maker gig reviews _IPC 1994 GBP 30 - XX
Metropolitan Restaurant review _Ink 2016 GBP 100
Micro Mart any piece (circa 600 words) no licence specified _TMG 2005 GBP 30 GR XXXX
Military Modelling article 1997 GBP 140 -
Mixmag 400 plus graphics _IPC 1998 GBP 25 - XXXX
MMM features, words and pictures, per page (don't pay until published and have a lead time of two years) - job turned down! 2009 GBP 40 XXX
Mojo 160-word book review Bauer 'Tier 1' terms - author retains copyright, grants various 6- months licences _Bauer 2013 GBP 69
Mojo 45-word album review Bauer 'Tier 1' terms - author retains copyright, grants various 6- months licences _Bauer 2013 GBP 24.66
Mojo 160-word album review Bauer 'Tier 1' terms - author retains copyright, grants various 6- months licences _Bauer 2013 GBP 43
Mojo 500-word lead book review , terms as Q/Mojo freelance agreement _Bauer 2008 GBP 191 GR
Mojo book review 160 words , terms as Q/Mojo freelance agreement _Bauer 2008 GBP 69 GR
Mojo DVD review 140 words , terms as Q/Mojo freelance agreement _Bauer 2008 GBP 43 GR
Motor Caravan Monthly feature per page, words and pictures, first world rights _IPC 2009 GBP 60 XXX
Muso 250 word review , not sure of terms _Rhineg 2013 GBP 20 XX
New Internationalist 3500 words plus pictures + some unspecified secondary rights 2011 GBP 115 50
New Internationalist 150-word review 2010 GBP 80
New Internationalist 300 words + 1 picture 2010 GBP 145
New Internationalist film review 2009 GBP 85
New Statesman (Progressive Media) 600-word "Observations" (newsy comment piece - two freelances report identical rate) _Progres 2009 GBP 100
Newwave Magazine (Thames Water / Square One) 250-word feature 2004 GBP 250
NME Blog _IPC 2012 GBP 40 GR X
NME feature per page of mag _IPC 2010 GBP 100 XX
NME feature per page of mag _IPC 2009 GBP 100 XX
North East Life feature plus 6 photos FBS plus internet _ECN 2013 GBP 105 GR
Oasis 4 articles for £400 = 2012 GBP 100 XX
Oasis (Saudi art magazine) 2 x 700-word articles 2011 GBP 200 XX
PC Gamer single page licensed for 6 months international/web use _Future 2013 GBP 70 0 GR
People two-page spread US$2500 = _AOLTW 2003 GBP 1600
Pet Dogs Features with pictures up to 1500 words terms Exclusive first use _Ashdown 2008 GBP 100 XXX
Pink Paper anything over 400 words 1998 GBP 40 - XX
Plan B feature per page of mag 2009 GBP 10 XXXX
Plastic Electronics 2000-word feature , FBS, telephone exes paid 2008 GBP 500
Practical Boat Owner 2 pages 2000 words + several pics absolutely the entirety/every kind or description/now or hereafter/anywhere in the world/uncondtionally & irrevocably waive yr rights under sects 77 & 80 under Copyright & Patents Act 1988 _IPC 2012 GBP 200 X
Practical Classics 1000 word article plus photographs FBS plus web _EMAP 2011 GBP 300
Practical Motorhome features per page, words and pictures, first world rights _HM 2009 GBP 100 XX
Press Gazette blog column _Progres 2013 GBP 50
Press Gazette diary piece no terms discussed 2007 GBP 30 O
Press Gazette 400-word letter (?!) 2007 GBP 50
Preview 1500w feature with pics - for trade mag _Brown 2005 GBP 300
Private Eye 400 words 2012 GBP 100
Private Eye 400 words 2012 GBP 100
Private Eye batch of three stories 2001 GBP 300
Public Finance blogs, "traditionally good payer, but pays nothing for blogs" _Pearson 2009 GBP 0 XXXX
Public Health News attend and write up a conference 2004 GBP 250
Q Feature (5 pages paid at page rate, actually 2880 words) Bauer 'Tier 1' terms - author retains copyright, grants various 6- months licences _Bauer 2013 GBP 876
Q 100-word Moment Of The Year short Bauer 'Tier 1' terms - author retains copyright, grants various 6- months licences _Bauer 2013 GBP 35
Quietus lead review (album) 2015 GBP 50
Quintessentially changed terms after delivery saying they had to wait for ad revenue until they would pay: member withdrew the work 2009 GBP 200 XXXX
Reach 750-word and pictures package FBS _PA 2006 GBP 250
Real Travel 2500-word feature plus photos: invoice sent in February, work published months ago, not paid by September 2010 GBP 300 XXX
Real Travel 2000 words + 10 pictures 2010 GBP 300
Real Real Opinion (celebrity interviews) _Bauer 2003 GBP 750 GR O
Record Collector Feature article - 8000 words. They did not specify if rate was per 1000! and they claim copyright _Orpheus 2013 GBP 800
Right Start (Needmarsh Publishing) feature with case studies FBS 2012 GBP 250 GR X
Rock Hub UK album review of unspecified length 2016 GBP 20 XXX
Rock Sound 300-word live review 2011 GBP 10 XXX
Rock Sound 100-word review _INM 2011 GBP 5 XXXX
Runners Fitness 1500 words and providing photos FBSR + online use, no expenses 2011 GBP 200 X
Scarlet (Helix media) feature - per page paid 30 days after publishing 2007 GBP 50 XXX
Sci Fi Now Interview FBS _Future 2009 GBP 120 X
Scottish Cycling 600 words and photo 2013 GBP 100 X
Self Build & Design FBS 2011 GBP 250
Self Build and Design article FBSR 2004 GBP 550 O
SHINDIG! (Silverback Publishing) ten-entry listicle & intro, 1100 words overall, suggested might lead to "the odd £50" in future - refused! 2015 GBP 0 0 GR XXXX
Skin Deep submitted an article around 1500 words 2014 GBP 150
Skin Deep submitted an article around 1500 words 2014 GBP 150
Skin Deep submitted an article around 1500 words 2014 GBP 150
Songlines album review 2010 GBP 15 XX
Songlines short album review (for terms see website - then negotiate!) 2009 GBP 20 GR X
Spin 225-word album review 2008 USD 450 O
Spin 80-90-word album review 2008 USD 180 O
Sport Diver 4 page with photos FBS _ECN 2007 GBP 200 GR XX
Sport, The page lead: 'sell your soul for only a teaspoon of pottage' 1997 GBP 80 - XXX
Square Mile (Square Up Media) feature article (word count unspecified i.e 1500 - 2000) FBS, no expenses, not taxed at source 2008 GBP 300 X
Square Mile (Square Up Media) feature (unspecified word count) including an interview FBS, no expenses, not taxed at source 2008 GBP 400 X
Square Mile (Square Up Media) feature (unlimited word count) with interview and photographs FBS, no expenses, pay 30 days after publication of magazine NOT after submission 2008 GBP 500 X
Studio International interview / video review 2014 GBP 250
Sunday Express spread _NS 2003 GBP 1500
The Atlantic reportage 2017 USD 250 XX
The Biz (pharma company in-house mag) half-page feature/news shorts (about 100 words) 2008 GBP 100 GR
The Business column, online it says FBS 2008 GBP 200 GR
The Countryman 1200-word feature plus £15 per quarter-page pic licensed for one-off magazine use _Cream 2013 GBP 75 GR X
The Criminal Lawyer articles up to 3000 words on the latest criminal law issues in the UK all rights - sold on to Westlaw and Lawtel legal databases _Tottel 2008 GBP 90 0 GR XXXX
The List (Edinburgh and Glasgow) reviews, each 1997 GBP 20 - XX
The List (Edinburgh and Glasgow) 100-word reviews 2010 GBP 5 XXX
The Oldie kill fee for 600-word book review 2010 GBP 50 X
The Quietus a Quietus Interview 2016 GBP 50 XX
The Trade News article, 500 words-ish 2014 GBP 130
The Trade News article, 500 words-ish 2014 GBP 130
The Universe 1000 word centre-spread feature + three photos _Gabriel 2008 GBP 100 X
The Wire 600-word review 2015 GBP 42
The Word short album review _DH 2009 GBP 40
The Word Full page lead album review _DH 2009 GBP 150
The Word 150-word album review 2008 GBP 40 GR
The Word 150-word album reviews (but covering 2 albums) 2008 GBP 60
Time Out Pubs and Bars Guide 140-160 word reviews _TOut 2004 GBP 10 XXX
Time Out bar review _TOut 2004 GBP 10 GR XXX
Times Education Supplement 500-word back column _TSL 2008 GBP 300 O
Times Educational Supplement per weekly columnette _NI 1998 GBP 85 -
Toplum Postasi (Turkish local paper) per day 1998 GBP 25 - ??
TRVL 3000-word feature for online/ipad magazine 2013 EUR 500 X
Uncut Ultimate Music Guide reuse of two-part feature originally published in Uncut mag _IPC 2013 GBP 750
Uncut Ultimate Music Guide flat fee for reuse of feature originally printed in another IPC publication _IPC 2013 GBP 500
Us Magazine (Profile Pursuits PMG worldwide Toys R Us in house - celebrity feature not taxed, pay 30 days from publication, no expenses 2003 GBP 400
Village Voice 250-word album review 2008 USD 100 X
Walk (Ramblers' Association) day on location with snapper +1800 words FBS 2013 GBP 600 GR
Which? news article with two case studies - initially 350 which became 400 all rights 2008 GBP 165
Wisden Cricketer 200 words 2008 GBP 100
Women's Realm two-column feature _IPC 1998 GBP 250 -
World of Interiors Feature + long captions _CondN 2011 GBP 500 XX
World Travel Guide 850-word exclusive plus one photo, online demand acceptance of all liability! 2010 GBP 195 0 XX
Your Family Tree 150 words , all rights _Future 2008 GBP 75
Zest double-page feature _NatMag 2006 GBP 400
Belgian magazine articles 600-1200 words 2003 EUR 400
Belgian magazine articles up to 600 words 2003 EUR 300
Business magazine Infringement settlement for unauthorised web use , terms original FBS fee + 100 per cent 1st month, 50 per cent each month thereafter 2008 GBP 266 1000 O
Domestic magazine feature _Kelsey 2013 GBP 160
dotmusic.com 400-word online album review _Yahoo 2008 GBP 30 XXXX
East Anglian Daily Times: EA Life full page feature _ECN 2014 GBP 60 XXX
Elsevier publication, unnamed 250 words _RE 2011 GBP 10 XX^9
European onboard airline magazine 700 words plus original photos 2012 EUR 250
GamesTM, X360, Play (Imagine) per 450-500 word page 2013 GBP 50 GR X
Glossy county magazine full page article, 750 words + 2 original photos _ECN 2012 GBP 30 XXXX
IPC diary item 1997 GBP 134 - X
Kelsey Publications page of words and photography FBS _Kelsey 2013 GBP 50 GR XXX
playboy.com 200-word online album review 2008 USD 50 X
Sporting magazine features (Schedule D taxed - at source) _Future 2014 GBP 400 GR
Sporting magazine features (Schedule D taxed - at source) _Future 2014 GBP 400 GR
Unknown magazine (LHS / DPS) 1000 words + 10 photos 2011 GBP 275

The above are the rates for Words, other / mags 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