Freelance resources

Help and useful resources for freelance members.

What the NUJ can do for you

Helpful resources are also available on the London Freelance Branch website including Rate for the job, where you can access and confidentially submit pay rates for commissions. You'll also find an interest calculator for late payments and The Freelance magazine published regularly. 

Find out about the NUJ's Fair Deal for Freelances campaign



The Authors' Licencing and Collecting Society (ALCS) is an organisation that collects money due to its members for secondary rights of their work, for example photocopying and repeat use via the internet. It also campaigns to ensure writers receive fair and adequate payment.



DACS is a not-for-profit visual artists’ rights management organisation. DACS collects and distributes royalties to visual artists and their estates.




Freelance publications

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Copyright for journalists and writers

This booklet is for people who are trying to make a living by creative work, particularly journalism.

02 February 2024
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Freelance Charter

10-point charter for freelances rights and benefits.

19 November 2020
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Holiday pay campaign leaflet

Should you be getting paid holiday?

05 November 2019
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Guidance for workplace reps on employment status

When is a casual not a casual?

05 November 2019
Small Claims Court guide

A Guide to the Small Claims Procedure in the County Court for Recovering Monies Owed.

02 August 2019
Guidance for freelances on the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR)

Guidance on the business implications of GDPR obligations for freelances.

12 April 2018
Guidelines for MPS staff on dealing with media reporters, press photographers and television crews

Members of the media are not only members of the public; they can influence the way the Metropolitan Police Service is portrayed.

13 April 2013

More freelance publications

Covid resources

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NPCC: Working with journalists during Covid-19 outbreak

National Police Chiefs Council guidance on working with journalists during the Covid-19 outbreak.

31 March 2020
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Coronavirus - advice for freelances

Freelances make up around a third of the NUJ membership and the union is here to help its freelance members during the coronavirus pandemic.

18 March 2020
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Updated guidance on statutory sick pay, CJRS, SEISS

Latest guidance on Covid-19 financial packages for freelances.

05 November 2020

NUJ advice on Covid-19


Freelance news

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Fifth anniversary of the death of journalist Lyra McKee marked by the NUJ

"Her killing deprived us of a brave and challenging voice" says NUJ Irish secretary

18 April 2024
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MPs call for a new champion for freelance rights, to improve pay, working conditions and protection against AI

The NUJ says the culture select committee’s report is full of helpful recommendations and ideas.

10 April 2024
Don’t let your blower make you a sucker

Tim Dawson, NEC freelance rep, reports on NUJ Dublin’s Freelance Forum with speakers advising on keeping cybersafe, pitching stories, reporting abuse ...

10 April 2024

Freelance news