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EthnicityGender identityPublication name
Assignment (EG news story/feature/op-ed/video etc)
Word count
Fee (include the currency eg $/£)
Numbers of years of experience as a journalist
Anything else? (EG did you have a pre-existing friendship with your editor/did you negotiate this rate/do you feel your rate was fair/did your editor tell you they didn't have budget to pay more?) *NB: Responses are publicly visible so don't reveal identifiable information here if you wish to remain anonymousTimestamp
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WhiteFemale5280Digital story~600 words$1505Pre-existing relationship6/24/2020 17:39:26
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WhiteFemale5280Print FOB story600 words$3755Pre-existing relationship6/24/2020 17:39:59
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Brown (south Asian)
CIS-gender female - straight
-Web article 1300-1500$2001.56/12/2020 11:48:27
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Mixed: White British/ Black African
Cis womanAdventure Uncoveredessay1000
£100-120 depending on their Patreon
2.5No relationship, cold pitch. I think the rate is fine considering it's small / Patreon funded.5/14/2021 15:23:25
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whitefemaleAestheticaprint feature 1750£1007it was a commission , tried to negotiate fee for a while but was told that since the magazine has lots of outgoings such as a film festival that their commissioning budget is small *eye roll*6/12/2020 12:29:09
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AsianFemaleAl JazeeraFeature1000$3008Cold pitch6/15/2020 19:55:02
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AsianFemaleAl Jazeera1000$3505No6/12/2020 14:58:24
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Mixed - white hispanicFemaleAl JazeeraNews story650$3505pre-existing relationship - editor had increased the fee to acknowledge my work6/15/2020 12:02:48
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white/caucasian femaleAl Jazeerafeature1100£3006 monthscold pitch, no pre-existing relationship w editor. I didn’t negotiate a rate as I felt that it was fair :)8/29/2020 20:55:33
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Whitecis female Al JazeeraFeature (history)1100£3006 months cold pitch! no pre-existing relationship with editor and didn’t negotiate the rate as I felt it was fair. 8/29/2020 20:59:02
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whitefemaleAl Jazeeraphoto story500U$ 4009They say it is their standard rate9/3/2020 16:32:45
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WhiteFemaleAl JazeeraLong read (2,000 words)2000$us 6003I have to pay my own expenses and I was told there is no scope to increase as prices are fixed.2/3/2021 15:11:24
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WhiteCis female Al Jazeera Feature (history)1100£3006 monthsCold pitch, no pre-existing relationship. I didn’t negotiate as I felt the rate was fair!8/29/2020 21:00:52
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ArabFemale Aljazeera.net
Written Features and reports
800:100075$7no response for the negotiation 6/22/2021 19:35:12
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Arab FemaleAljazeera.net Features 800-100075$7this is the rates and no negotiation possible 7/1/2021 22:19:28
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White BritishCis femaleAlmaFirst-person essay1200$1006I consider this a low fee but I'm happy to take less when writing for smaller publications.7/10/2020 8:00:44
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WhiteFemaleAlmaArticle600$10007/10/2020 16:29:41
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New ZealanderFemale
An australian womens magazine
Feature 1000$150AUD12negotiated rate. Usual rate is less7/6/2020 1:18:58
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NegroFemaleAnnemarie MusawaleI write novels50k0.02$ per word10cold call6/12/2020 12:31:32
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White BritishMaleAnother ManListicle1,000£1003Cold pitch6/15/2020 18:27:44
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Mixed race (White / Black African)
FemaleApartment Therapyfeature700-900$1251
Cold pitch. I batch pitched and gave my rates. Two articles were selected at $125 each. This is only a little under my usual rate (in £) because of the exchange rate but I think it's fair with that in mind.
5/13/2021 18:18:01
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White BritishFemaleApoliticalFeature800 - 1000 words£3006First assignment for this publication6/12/2020 18:51:04
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British Asiancis FemaleAppleBook review90-125$20046/12/2020 12:31:01
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WhiteWomanArchantFeature1000£150 6Rates vary for different Archant publications. Some 1000 words for £100- they say the budget is very limited and can't pay more. 6/15/2020 12:04:20
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Latinacis femaleArchitectural Digestdigital feature600$3004cold pitch, seems like the standard rate10/20/2020 13:44:16
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WhiteFemale
Architectural Digest's Clever
Tips Round-up909$2254
Cold pitch, which led to future commissions. Low rate for word count but frankly I could write it really quickly so the hourly rate was great.
10/13/2021 19:11:26
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whitecis femaleArt in AmericaReview900$2508friendly with editor, but never commissioned before. Negotiated up from 200 6/12/2020 20:50:08
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blackfemaleArt uk1000£10016/19/2020 15:44:08
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WhiteMaleArtReviewexhibition review45035p/word = £42010Told standard rate across board for all writers6/12/2020 11:21:54
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WhiteMaleArtReviewExhibition review45035p/word = £157.505Told standard rate across the board for magazine6/12/2020 11:23:46
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White BritishCIS femaleArtReviewOp-Ed1,000-ish200 GBP8-9Previously worked with editor, article was solicited based on my area of expertise6/15/2021 19:02:01
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AsianFemale ArtReview Feature 1200£42066/12/2020 17:51:12
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WhiteWomanAssociated Press
6 minute raw footage edit feature
N/A£450 including expenses4Freelanced for the desk I shot for6/12/2020 17:47:25
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WhiteWomanAtlanticFeature4000600026/26/2020 21:41:14
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Mixed race (white/asian)FemaleAtlas by Etihad (online)Travel round up 500-600£15010Had existing relationship with editor, they made approach. Felt rate was fair as research based/knew topic well.6/15/2020 19:34:27
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white britishfe,maleAtlas Obscurafeature 1,200$6004Asked up front once there was interest in the story what the fee would be. Fixed rate, I believe. No information whether others get more or less. 6/19/2020 17:15:37
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WhiteMale cisAtlas ObscuraFeature1500$500 USD1No relationship. Long edit process, months wait for response to copy, published long past when it was timely. For the effort and 8 month wait to get paid I was not that happy with the experience.6/12/2020 17:16:43
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WhiteFemale Atlas obscura feature110$5503Pre existing relationship6/12/2020 17:01:52
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WhiteCis womanAtlas ObscuraFeature1200$60066/12/2020 12:45:54
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WhiteCis femaleAtlas ObscuraFeature1000$4007Cold pitch6/30/2020 12:42:26
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WhiteFemaleAtlas Obscura
Commissioned feature after cold pitching three ideas
1000-ish4509
The story was spiked and they paid 25 percent. I wasn't happy as I believed they made a poor editorial decision about the story they initially wanted and when I attempted to write something historically accurate it wasn't quirky enough for them
6/15/2021 17:48:24
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WhiteCis womanAutostraddleReported essay1769$25044/8/2021 23:21:51
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NANAAZo NetworksFeature800 words£3011 yearsRate unfair, used to to paid £85 for such a piece, but felt couldn't say no as so little work available at the moment. Was told they can't pay more, yet I know other freelancers working for the same company get between £35 and £50 per piece (also reduced from the original £85).6/12/2020 13:16:45
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White BritishFemaleBabbel MagazinePersonal essay1000€1,000<13/10/2021 16:44:08
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White BritishFemaleBackstage magazineFeature1200$250106/12/2020 13:43:34
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LatinaFemaleBandcampInterview1200$350 USD126/16/2020 14:07:38
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WhiteMaleBandcampInterview70032548/31/2020 23:38:06
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White BritishFemailBBCBBC The Boss (Business)1000£3358I write regularly for them and it's a set fee6/12/2020 16:35:27
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British AsianMaleBBCFeature1000£33510Set rate6/12/2020 16:39:53
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WhiteFemaleBbcFeature1,000£33736/19/2020 15:41:23
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Arab Female BBC Arabic Radiointerview coordination invalid 40£7tried to negotiate but the insist this is the normal rate 7/1/2021 21:52:47
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ArabFemale BBC Arabic Radio
my pitch for interview a celebrity + (interview coordination)
15 min video 40£7the answer is fixed rated for the Arabic Service 7/1/2021 22:18:01
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White CaucasianMale (he/him)BBC CultureFeature1,250£40016/12/2020 18:45:37
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WhiteFemaleBBC FutureFeature2000£8008Going rate for publication 6/15/2020 10:44:46
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WhiteFemaleBBC FutureFeature2000£80066/12/2020 18:20:05
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WhiteFemaleBBC Future In-depth digital feature1500£6003Highest rate I have ever received. Timely payment 6/15/2020 10:16:26
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AsianFemaleBBC Science FocusPrint article800£2005Editor reached out8/20/2020 16:41:18
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White BritishMaleBBC TravelFeature1200$6003.5First time pitching, no negotiation on fee, thought it was a very reasonable fee for the work. 6/12/2020 17:58:27
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White AmericanFemaleBBC Travelfeature1200$6006Pre-existing relationship, assigned piece3/3/2021 16:20:08
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WhiteCis womanBBC TravelNews story1725$30044/8/2021 23:25:46
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caucasianfemaleBBC TravelFeature1200
$600 (+$25 per photo published)
10cold e-mail pitch. (editor responded after 2 weeks. but they responded!)9/15/2021 13:32:11
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WhiteCis womanBBC WorklifeFeature800 - 1200$60066/12/2020 12:43:21
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white cisgender female BBC Worklife news feature
assigned at 1000, with edits ~1400
450 GBP5first time writing for this vertical (Worklife) so didn’t ask for rate increase for extra wc (should have) 6/12/2020 12:26:27
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White Female BBC, ITV, ITNEntertainment packs
N/A - broadcast video packs
£170 (per day) 46/15/2020 16:54:18
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WhiteMaleBBC.comFeature1400$60030I think the rate is fair.6/13/2020 14:35:23
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WhiteMaleBeatportalFeature2000£3003No existing friendship but professionally acquainted, thought the rate was fair yeah6/12/2020 11:32:07
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WhiteCis womanBella CaledoniaNews story887$11744/8/2021 23:33:22
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WhiteFemaleBevvyIntro + roundup1000$2004Rate given upfront. Really nice editor and good communication. Paid quickly.2/10/2021 20:24:02
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WhiteFemale BillboardWritten feature
N/A (depended on the story)
$250 USD7The original rate was 150 per feature, but I got it up after negotiating over several years. Asked to be put on payroll/benefits due to how popular and frequent my work was that they brought me on as a permalancer but was told higher ups couldn’t find the budget. 6/16/2020 13:52:06
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WhiteFemaleBillboardReporting news story200$400106/12/2020 12:59:56
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WhiteFemaleBitchfeature1,400$1501cold-pitch, productive editing process8/24/2020 15:55:11
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WhiteWomanBitchdigital essay1300$1504first contact from a social media call for pitches8/2/2021 20:33:44
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whitewomanBitchcultural criticism1,100$2504had previously written for the publication8/2/2021 20:37:13
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AsianFemaleBloombergFeature1600USD $60010Bloomberg told me their standard online rate is $400 but they would hike it up to $600 bc of "everything going on" (with covid) - still felt like $600 for a reported feature is insanely low!!! 6/15/2020 20:56:54
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WhiteMale
Bloomberg Businessweek
Feature3000$6,0005Cold pitch, first time writing for them6/12/2020 12:02:18
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WhiteMale
Bloomberg Businessweek
Feature3,750$11,250137/14/2020 14:56:50
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Latinacis femaleBon Appetitpersonal essay400$2504cold pitch10/20/2020 13:46:20
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WhiteFemaleBon Appetit (digital)Reported essay800 words$4505
Pre-existing relationship with editor, was originally offered $400 because their digital rates start at $.50/word but received an additional $50 for scope of piece/# of interviews
2/10/2021 17:25:50
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South AsianFemaleBon Appetit (web)Personal essay1000 words$1/word8-9 yearsNo preexisting relationship -- they made it sound like a dollar a word was standard for web, and higher for print. 6/15/2020 17:56:23
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WhiteMale/Queer Brightest Young ThingsEssay1200$75Under One No pre-existing relationship. 6/16/2020 10:41:06
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WhiteFemale British VogueFeature700-800150Less than 16/12/2020 12:22:09
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IndianfemaleBritish Vogueinterview800 words£2503The website rate is 200£, I Negotiated to 2507/21/2020 13:55:48
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WhiteFemale
British Vogue (vogue.co.uk)
interview 800£1503Told no budget to pay more. Commissioned at 500 words, but piece clearly needed to be longer. 6/23/2020 17:46:58
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WhiteFemaleBusiness Insider
Op-ed for the commentary section
Approx 800-1,000
$450.00 - 500.00 per piece
6I know the editor well6/15/2020 12:18:56
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Asian-AmericanFemaleBusiness Insider
Buyer's Guide (I researched and wrote about top picks for specific products)
2400$USD250.005I was told by Business Insider that their rate for a Buyer's Guide is $250.006/19/2020 19:04:53
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Asian (Bangladeshi)MaleBusiness InsiderFeature1,200£1507 yearsPre existing relationship with editor from previous workplace. Would not usually take such a low fee but work had dried up in the industry because of coronavirus and needed the work!6/12/2020 13:02:43
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Asian / whiteFemaleBusiness InsiderFeature1,500£15086/15/2020 16:52:28
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WhiteFemaleBusiness InsiderReview article 1000$10056/30/2020 17:11:06
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Latinacis femaleBusiness Insiderpersonal narative800$4004assignment10/20/2020 13:44:54
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WhiteCis FemaleBusiness InsiderPersonal narrative1000$3004
Editor asked my rate and I quoted $300 and that worked. I've seen the same editor post call for pitches and list their rate as $250.
10/22/2020 21:38:17
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Latinacis femaleBustlepersonal essay8004004assignment, was eventually killed. 25% kill fee.10/20/2020 13:47:16
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White BritishFemaleBustle UKFeature900£120FiveHad worked with the editor at a previous job6/18/2020 19:25:51
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WhiteFemaleBustle UKOnline shift day rateAround 4 pieces a day$135 (around £107)5Original rate was $125, negotiated up after a year of work6/12/2020 16:23:47
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WhiteFemaleBuzzFeed BooksList3500$30037/11/2020 2:06:13
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White Cis femaleCaitlin FarrellShort opinion article800£1202
No, I got this article through a lucky pitch, I didn’t know the editors or negotiate the rate. I felt the rate was fair, and it was the highest I’ve ever been paid for an article
7/11/2020 9:29:56
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WhiteCis femaleCanvas8 LibraryReport2,000£4004
Pre-existing friendship with editor. Regular gig. Often pays on time, though has a 30+ day payment stipulation.
6/25/2020 23:37:31
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WhiteCis femaleCanvas8 LibraryCase study
Commissioned 1,000. 1,400 final.
£1504Regular gig. This rate always feels too low to me, given the amount of work it involves. 6/25/2020 23:40:05
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Other white (non-British)FChannelPro.co.ukFeature (specialist B2B)800£20022I had written for them in previous years, for another editor, so it was 'within my network'.6/22/2020 12:07:33