Who Pays Writers?

A place to list which publications pay writers, and how much.

Help build this database: tell us what you got paid. It’s always anonymous.

Creators News Service

Report: $50 for a 500- to 1,000-word info piece online in 2014.

Al Jazeera English

Report of nonpayment of $350 for a 1,000- to 2,000-word op-ed online in 2013. “An editor reached out to several female journalists in an effort to balance poor gender ratios at Al Jazeera, and accepted three of my pitches. I was offered $350/piece via wire but never paid, even after invoicing and emailing multiple times. After not being paid for the first published article, I did not write the other accepted pitches.”

BOOM – A Journal of California

Report: $500 for a 2,000- to 4,000-word feature in print and online. Heavy reporting. “Had light relationship with editor but submitted on spec.” The publication bought all rights, or it was a work for hire.

Chronicle of Higher Education

Report; $50 for a 250- to 500-word blog post in 2013.

Matador Network

Report: $60 for a 1-2K word essay online in 2013.

The Talkhouse

$150 for a 1,000- to 2,000-word criticism piece online in 2013.


Report: $750 for a 1,000- to 2,000-word feature online in 2014. Medium reporting. Ongoing relationship with publication.


Report: $200 for a 2000- to 4000-word feature online in 2014. Heavy reporting. Cold pitch.

PBS MediaShift

Report: $150 for a 500- to 1000-word news item online in 2014. Medium reporting, pre-existing relationship with publication. No contract.


$200 for a 1,000- to 2,000-word news item online in 2014. “They are awesome about getting checks out quickly.”