Freelance Rates

at the Catholic Voice

Articles (Including Those with Photographs)

Base Rate. The Catholic Voice compensates freelance reporters and reporters/photographers at a rate of 15-25 cents per word for news and feature assignments, plus $25 per published photograph (either in its print publication or on the web) that the freelancer takes.

Travel Expenses. Additionally, for assignments in the Omaha area (that is, within 30 miles of downtown), as well as those that do not involve travel, the Catholic Voice pays freelancers $25 for taking the assignment, to cover travel and incidental expenses. For assignments involving travel outside the Omaha area, the Catholic Voice pays freelancers the IRS travel reimbursement rate (57.5 cents in 2020) multiplied by the number of miles traveled for the assignment, as determined by the shortest distance calculated by the direction feature of Google maps.

Rights Granted. In exchange for this compensation, the freelancer grants the Catholic Voice exclusive First North American Publication Rights to publish his or her article both in print and on its website(s), while maintaining ownership rights. This means that the freelancer is not at liberty to relicense use of the article, or any part thereof, to any other publisher located in North America until the Catholic Voice publishes his or her article either in print or on the web. Similarly, the freelancer must not self-publish the article, either in print or on the web, until the Catholic Voice publishes it.

Regarding stories that have already been published, the Catholic Voice compensates freelancers at the rate of five cents per word for articles to which the freelancer grants non-exclusive reprint rights.

Regarding photographs, rights granted are both first and perpetual. This means that the Catholic Voice can maintain the photos on its website(s) indefinitely, as well as republish them in print.

Amount Per Word. Articles that reflect a greater amount of expertise and/or have been written by authors with a track record of high-quality submissions to the Catholic Voice will receive higher compensation rates within the word-count range. The compensation rate for each article will be at the sole discretion of the editorial staff of the Catholic Voice.

Number of Words. The word count for articles is the number of words in the edited version of the article, as determined by the word count feature in Microsoft Word. The edited version of the article is what is produced by the editorial staff of the Catholic Voice by revising the work submitted by the freelancer, making appropriate changes for punctuation, grammar, and style, among other things. The edited version of the article exists prior to copy-fitting the article on the page and proofing it.

When an article is assigned, the editorial staff will also assign a word count. At his or her discretion, a freelancer may exceed this count by a modest amount if he believes the story merits it. However, the editorial staff reserves the right to reduce the length of articles down to the assigned word count. They will only reduce it further if it contains content that, in their judgment, is not germane to the story.

Procured photographs. Freelancers will also receive $10 for each photograph that they do not take, but procure from a source in connection with a story (for example, a publicity shot to be used as a mug). To receive this fee, they must ensure that the source grants the Catholic Voice permission to publish the photograph. The Catholic Voice will assume this right is perpetual unless otherwise stated.

Photographs

Base Amount. The Catholic Voice compensates freelance photographers at the rate of $50 for the first two photographs that they take and that are accepted for publication. If more than two photographs are desired, the newspaper will pay either (1) $25 for each additional photograph accepted for publication, or (2) a negotiable sum (usually $100 or more) for all rights (exclusive and exhaustive) to the images taken for an assignment.

When an article is assigned, the editorial staff will tell the freelancer how many photographs they would like in conjunction with it. They will also provide all relevant information necessary to complete the assignment, including date, time, location, key people and the intended photo content or perspective. The editorial staff will determine, at their sole discretion, whether the photographs submitted by a freelancer are to be accepted for publication.

Captions written according to the Catholic Voice’s style must accompany all individual photographs submitted for publication, except those intended as mug shots. When the Catholic Voice purchases the rights to all the photographs in an assignment, the photographer must cooperate in acquiring the necessary information to caption the photos that the media outlet is most interested in publishing.

Travel Expenses. Additionally, for assignments in the Omaha area (that is, within 30 miles of downtown), as well as those that do not involve travel, the Catholic Voice pays freelance photographers $25 for taking the assignment, to cover travel and incidental expenses. For assignments involving travel outside the Omaha area, the Catholic Voice pays freelancers the IRS travel reimbursement rate (57.5 cents in 2020) multiplied by the number of miles traveled for the assignment, as determined by the shortest distance calculated by the direction feature of Google maps.

Rights Granted. Unless otherwise agreed upon, the freelance photographer grants the Catholic Voice exclusive First North American Publication Rights to publish his or her photos both in print and on its website(s), while maintaining ownership rights. This means that the photographer is not at liberty to relicense the photographs, or any part thereof, to any other publisher located in North America until the Catholic Voice publishes his or her photos either in print or on the web. Similarly, the photographer must not self-publish the photos, either in print or on the web, until the Catholic Voice publishes them.

Kill Fee

The Catholic Voice pays freelancers a one-time payment of $30 per assignment if, for any reason, it chooses not to publish an article and/or the photographs associated with that assignment.