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Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by sportsreporter3535, Jan 25, 2007.

  1. sportsreporter3535

    sportsreporter3535 New Member

    Quick question for the board.

    I am thinking of bringing on board a new writer to my staff. He has limited experience, but it has all been at the national level for a prominent site. If I were to offer him a freelance contract, how much $$$ would be a good wage per article to offer him?

    Thanks in advance.
  2. fishwrapper

    fishwrapper Active Member

    Suppose it depends how good and how prominent and how bad you want him...
    I've paid everything from $50 to $1500 for freelance pieces. ($1500 coming in the more profitable days, but it was $1500).
  3. Overrated

    Overrated Guest

    What's the wager? Whether or not he makes deadline?

    I'd go -125.
  4. RedCanuck

    RedCanuck Active Member

    Ask him what wants, then negotiate with him. I suppose it all depends how much you need the story.
  5. fishwrapper

    fishwrapper Active Member

    Or, tell him all you have is a byline and a kick-in-the-ass. Now get to work.
    Then, you can work up from there.
  6. Football_Bat

    Football_Bat Well-Known Member

    If you have to ask what he'll accept, you can't afford him.
  7. sportsreporter3535

    sportsreporter3535 New Member

    I'm really just looking for an average price range, but given fishwrapper's response, I take it that the range could be quite broad.
  8. Big Buckin' agate_monkey

    Big Buckin' agate_monkey Active Member

    I've made everything from $15 (the early days when all I wanted was experience) to $400 (magazine).
    Newspaper range for me has been $50 to $150.

    Edit: My name is not known nationally.
  9. EE94

    EE94 Guest

    tell him he'll get nothing and like it
  10. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

    It depends on what you usually pay stringers...
  11. huntsie

    huntsie Active Member

    Have you got a standard rate for stringers? Depending on your need and how big a "name" he is, tell him what it is and offer to go, say 25 per cent above that. It will stroke his ego that he's above the going rate and he may say "It doesn't matter, I'll do it for scale."
    Make the pitch at least.
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