A useful exercise is taking place on the other side of the world: Margaret Simons, a freelance journalist, media blogger and lecturer is investigating freelance rates in Australia. So far she has gathered over 100 responses to her first post, ‘Journalists should not work for free – so tell me what they are paying’. She promises to write up the results soon – we’ll link to them on this blog, when she does.
Here was the original plea:
[1 Australian dollar = 0.56 British pounds]
I think it would be useful to find out what different freelancers are getting paid by our mainstream publications. Here’s what I know:
Fairfax broadsheets start by offering .60c to.70c a word these days, but can be pushed higher if they want you badly enough. Section editors are adept at getting around the bean counters’ rules.
The Monthly still offers its $1 a word, which was princely when that magazine started, and still handsome.
I hear the RACV magazine pays well for both words and photos.
What do others know? Let’s share the market knowledge. Contributions to firstname.lastname@example.org. Anonymity will be preserved.