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stringer rates

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Love_Sports, Dec 29, 2008.

  1. Love_Sports

    Love_Sports Member

    i've been thinking about leaving the business full-time but would want to still find some work in it and keep writing.

    what is the going rate for a stringer covering a game, writing a feature, preview, sidebar, etc.? let's say at a major metro -- like seattle, minneapolis, denver, chicago, san diego ...
  2. Flip Wilson

    Flip Wilson Well-Known Member

    The major metro I string for pays $55 for high school football for two or three paragraphs and a box score.
  3. Shaggy

    Shaggy Guest

    For a straight gamer (generally college games but not always), I got paid 25 bucks at a broke 15K, 50 bucks at a 50K, 75 bucks at a 100K and 100 bucks at a 300K.

    Usually 15-20 inch stories, maybe a box too.
  4. mustangj17

    mustangj17 Active Member

    30 bucks at a mid size daily. 100 bucks at a major metro.
  5. EagleMorph

    EagleMorph Member

    At a 40,000-50,000 daily located in a Top 30 Television Market, the stringer rate for high school and college games is $40. That usually includes something around a 10-inch gamer and a box. Depending on the news day, gamers can be longer or shorter.
  6. Stitch

    Stitch Active Member

    made $50 at a 75k paper and also stringing for the AP. Have made $100 for slightly larger papers covering visiting teams when they came to my area.
  7. Football_Bat

    Football_Bat Well-Known Member

    DMN: $55

    FWST: $45

    The DMN has been at $55 for a decade now. But going higher than that over a 10-game season means the total goes over $600, they send you a 1099, and the income has to be reported.
  8. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    Stringer rates have actually gone down since I was in college. That's scary...

    I have never gotten less than $50 for a gamer and that includes volleyball gamers back for tiny college papers in 1993.
  9. Clerk Typist

    Clerk Typist Guest

    The income has to be reported whatever amount is made, of course. The 1099 merely notifies the IRS that a reasonably significant amount has been made.
  10. GBNF

    GBNF Active Member

    I was just paid $125 for a 13-inch gamer that took about 12 minutes. Don't really understand why they offered so much. I'll take it.
  11. leo1

    leo1 Active Member

    i was last a stringer a few years ago, when i was getting from $75 to $150 for nfl, college and wnba gamers. the newark star ledger was the best paying major paper.
  12. Angola!

    Angola! Guest

    No wonder papers are going under.

    The major metro you string for would be better served hiring an agate monkey and writing up two or three paragraphs off of a phone call.

    $55 for two or three graphs is the dumbest thing I've heard in a long time.
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