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By Michael Wong | January 10, 2021.
- Earn up to $300 plus expenses per original article, freelance writing for The Christian Science Monitor, an independent international news organization that seeks to cut through the froth of the political spin cycle to underlying truths and values.
- Basic rate: $250
- Longer stories can pay much more.
- Short stories or sidebars often pay half the basic rate.
- International news: $$$ + travel and long-distance phone expenses
- National news: Starting pay is $200 per article + up to $50 phone expenses + pre-approved travel or other expenses
- People Making a Difference features: $300 + possibility of travel or phone expenses (1,300 words)
- The Home Forum:
- Upbeat, personal essays on on travel, parenting, home, family, gardening, neighborhood, and community (400 to 800 words).
- Short poems (18 lines max).
- Book review: $150
- Photography: "half day rate" of $175 + pre-approved expenses
- Illustrations and cartoons
- If you file a commissioned story that fulfills your pitch, they will pay you the basic rate for the story whether or not it runs
- If the commissioned story you deliver is unsatisfactory, they will ask you to rework it, or they will pay a kill fee, usually half the basic rate
- Rights bought:
- Exclusive rights for 90 days worldwide in all media from the date of publication.
- Right to distribute the story via aggregation and syndication, including via The Christian Science Monitor News Service, which provides Monitor stories to client news organizations in the US and abroad.
- Right to post the story on the Monitor's website and social media platforms.
- The Christian Science Monitor is owned by a church - The First Church of Christ, Scientist, in Boston, Massachusetts.
- Employees: 51+ (est. 1908) (http://c1ick.us/thechristiansciencemonitor-lkd)
- Earnings per word: Up to 23¢