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    I'd like to know how much a freelance journalist would get paid.

    Someone who is still studying journalism.

    Someone who has graduated but isn't fully employed.

    Would they get paid per article or per word?

    If so how much?

    Reason why I ask is I am looking to hire some and need to know what a fair wage would be!
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    Depends. Typically they get paid by the word, but it depends on their reputation, the length of the piece, the publication they're writing for etc. etc.
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    (Original post by RiverTam)
    I'd like to know how much a freelance journalist would get paid.

    Someone who is still studying journalism.

    Someone who has graduated but isn't fully employed.

    Would they get paid per article or per word?

    If so how much?

    Reason why I ask is I am looking to hire some and need to know what a fair wage would be!
    There are salary calculators, job advert sites and job profile sites so you can find these things out.
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    (Original post by joey!)
    Depends. Typically they get paid by the word, but it depends on their reputation, the length of the piece, the publication they're writing for etc. etc.
    Ahh, Anyone have a very very rough ball park figure?

    500 words for £7.50 okay?
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    No, that is not fair, or okay. £75 would be more like it. If you want to hire a student journalist, you should offer at least 10-15p a word.

    If you want an experienced freelancer, you're looking at 30-60p a word.
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    Hey as a Journalism student and having worked for the Guardian newspaper I can tell you the average payment for a graduate on a regional newspaper is around £12,000-£14,000 P.A. a national newspaper tends to pay on the role you're doing, experience and your profile. Everyone on the majors like the regionals offer different salaries which tend to be competitive. Freelancers are obviously paid differently - it entirely depends who you're writing for - some will pay by the word and then edit down your article to a couple hundred words which leaves you feeling rather short changed for your efforts and others can pay anything up to hundreds and on the rare occasion thousands (wish that would happen to me) Copywriting is also good money but the real money is in Broadcast Journalism and PR. Most Journalism students who are cutting their teeth are 'expected' to do it for free as a way of getting your foot in the door.
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    (Original post by smithsreunion)
    Hey as a Journalism student and having worked for the Guardian newspaper I can tell you the average payment for a graduate on a regional newspaper is around £12,000-£14,000 P.A. a national newspaper tends to pay on the role you're doing, experience and your profile. Everyone on the majors like the regionals offer different salaries which tend to be competitive. Freelancers are obviously paid differently - it entirely depends who you're writing for - some will pay by the word and then edit down your article to a couple hundred words which leaves you feeling rather short changed for your efforts and others can pay anything up to hundreds and on the rare occasion thousands (wish that would happen to me) Copywriting is also good money but the real money is in Broadcast Journalism and PR. Most Journalism students who are cutting their teeth are 'expected' to do it for free as a way of getting your foot in the door.
    This pretty much answers the question but I just wanted to add, if you're looking at a specific role, you can go on the guardian media website and search for journalism jobs - the job adverts specify how much experience candidates should have and then they'll give an approximate salary. Obviously editors and people with more experience or a specialism get more but it's also harder to find a job in those areas.
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    Until you have experience, you won't get paid anything. It depends on your subject really, I did music journalism a few years back freelance and that started out as just free tickets. Worthwhile experience, you meet plently of people who can help you and contacts that might be useful when you get your degree.

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