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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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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$3505pre-existing relationship - editor had increased the fee to acknowledge my work6/15/2020 12:02:48
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white/caucasian femaleAl Jazeerafeature1100£3006 months
cold pitch, no pre-existing relationship w editor. I didn’t negotiate a rate as I felt that it was fair :)
8/29/2020 20:55:33
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Whitecis female Al JazeeraFeature (history)1100£3006 months
cold pitch! no pre-existing relationship with editor and didn’t negotiate the rate as I felt it was fair.
8/29/2020 20:59:02
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whitefemaleAl Jazeeraphoto story500U$ 4009They say it is their standard rate9/3/2020 16:32:45
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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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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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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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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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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 expenses
4Freelanced 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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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 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 BritishFemailBBC
BBC 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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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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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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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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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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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.uk
Feature (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
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White BritishFemaleChat Magazine
First person copy with victim of domestic violence
1400
£2,500 split with Case Study
9There was a bidding war. Pre-existing relationships with most eds involved.6/13/2020 9:49:18
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WhiteCis WomanChurch Times
Feature with multiple stories and research. Heavy-going subject.
3,000£15 per 100 words
9 months with background in comms
Didn't know anyone there. No negotiation. Great experience with the editor.6/16/2020 15:54:44
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White BritishCis WomanChurch Times
Feature, multiple sources and lots of research
3,000£15 per 100 words
9 months with background in comms
Second time pitching after my first piece ran a few months before. No negotiation. Very friendly and helpful team. They've always paid me within one month.6/16/2020 15:56:39
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WhiteFemaleCityMetricFeature800-1000 words$35025Previously wrote for editor at a different publication6/12/2020 16:53:03
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British asianCis femaleClashCover story1,300100 pounds2.5They approached me. Took two months and follow up emails to actually get the fee!6/12/2020 12:07:33
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whitemaleClash Magazinetwo website reviews300 each£0311/16/2020 0:48:18
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White BritishFemaleCloserFeature1800 words£300106/17/2020 13:48:27
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Latine/White/Indigenous
cis femaleCNNfeature1200$6004pre-existing relationship10/20/2020 13:41:55
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WhiteFemaleCNN IntlShiftShift£150-7/2/2020 14:42:40
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African-AmericanCisgender WomanComplexReported Piece1600$40036/18/2020 17:04:55
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LatinaFemale Condé Nast TravelerShort feature1000$400 USD12Not pitched, no pre-existing relationship6/16/2020 14:02:10
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WhiteFemaleConde Nast Traveller Online feature2200£350126/15/2020 15:02:28
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WhiteMaleConsequence of SoundAlbum Review800-1000$4048/31/2020 23:36:31
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WhiteMaleConsequence of SoundOp-ed/essay1000-1500$10048/31/2020 23:37:05
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WhiteFemaleCopifyPress Release400£4.00306/12/2020 14:23:59
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white britishfemalecorporate newsletterinterview1000 words£35015part of a contract for monthly work producing this organisation's newsletter6/19/2020 16:57:39
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WhiteFemaleCosmo USFeature1000+$25086/19/2020 12:13:20
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White IrishFemaleCosmopolitanFirst person feature400£2004Did not negotiate, friends with a writer at Hearst who helped get my story in front of an editor6/12/2020 12:00:47
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WhiteFemaleCosmopolitanFeature1000£1002Didn’t negotiate as didn’t want to los the gig, my first major mainstream publication.6/12/2020 20:01:18
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British Asiancis FemaleCosmopolitanReported feature 1200£15046/12/2020 12:28:55