Where does the money go?

NLA is often asked by clients ‘where do the licence fees we pay go?’    

The answer is – back to the publishers who employ the journalists creating the content. NLA revenues support journalism.

In 2014 NLA media access collected and distributed over £31m in royalty payments to publishers - the equivalent of employing 1,300 journalists. This figure  has grown year on year as commercial use of published content has increased.

Over 84% of NLA revenues are returned directly to publishers and 16% is spent on NLA costs and development of publisher and database services. In addition, NLA supports the Journalism Diversity Fund on behalf of the national newspapers with an annual contribution that has now reached over £1M.

Licence fees are paid by thousands of organisations seeking to copy and re-use published content for their own commercial purposes. This includes both media monitoring agencies and their clients.

A licence from NLA gives PR agencies, Government departments and in house PR teams access to and the right to copy from, 2800 newspapers and magazines and over 2000 web titles.

NLA’s formula of investment in news services and efficient and regular royalty payments to publishers means an effective service for all; it also ensures the vast majority of the money collected goes back to the content creators - newspaper and magazine publishers.


NLA Announces Simplified Copyright Licensing for PR agencies

We have today announced the introduction of a simple copyright licence for PR agencies supplying news clips to clients.  It is a direct response to our clients request for a comprehensive flat rate licence that provides 1) budget certainty and simple administration for the agency and 2) advance copyright permission for delivery of news articles to clients.

The new licence is an efficient and economical means of securing advanced copyright permission by a PR agency for its client use.  In return for a flat fee of £194.00 per client (email address) the PR agency is granted rights to supply articles to clients from the entire NLA repertoire, in whatever format the client would like it delivered.

The licence has been designed with involvement, direction and advice from the Chartered Institute of Public Relations and Coast Communications. We are very grateful to both for their guidance and insight.  You will find the official press release here. In addition, the CIPR has created a helpful Q&A document for agencies requiring full details, which you can find here.

If you are an existing client of NLA, you will have the option to remain on your existing licence or transfer to the new licence when your current licence expires. As always, my team are available to answer any queries and will advise on the most appropriate licence for your needs.


The NLA and the Journalism Diversity Fund

Joanne Butcher, chief executive of the  the NCTJ, had some encouraging words to say about the impact of the Journalism Diversity Fund at the 10 year anniversary reception held this week.

'(The JDF) has been a massive success. Nearly 200 young people have had their training paid for by the Journalism Diversity Fund, thanks to our sponsors -and it has helped young people start their careers in Journalism, which they wouldn't have been able to do without funding. It has made a difference to young people’s careers and it has made a difference to our newsrooms, which was obviously the intention in the first place, to change the face of our newsrooms. It is great to see so many recipients of the fund here tonight finding jobs in journalism - the fund is making a big difference. The NLA were instrumental in setting up the fund in the first place, and without the support of the national newspapers that support the NLA we wouldn’t have been able to set up the fund. It is thanks to their support that the fund has achieved what it has'.
We also spoke to Amber Haque, trainee journalist at the BBC, about the impact the JDF has had on her career:

Amber's speech, along with advice for aspiring young journalists, can be viewed here.



£1million landmark donation to Journalism Diversity Fund

At an awards ceremony hosted by Associated Newspapers last night (3 November) NLA media access celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Journalism Diversity Fund (JDF) by presenting a cheque for £100,000 to continue promoting diversity in newsrooms across the UK. The donation brings the NLA’s total support for JDF to over £1million.

The JDF was set up by the newspaper industry in 2005 and supports the training of journalists from ethnically and socially diverse backgrounds by meeting the financial cost of completing a National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ)-accredited course.  

Since its creation the JDF has provided bursaries for nearly 200 aspiring journalists who have gone on to work across the industry, from the Daily Mail to Sky News. Two young journalists who have just graduated from the scheme spoke of their experiences and how they have benefited from Diversity Fund support. Amber Haque, now a trainee at BBC news and Rehema Figueiredo, training with Associated Newspapers both described how the Journalism Diversity Fund has enabled them to overcome barriers to a career in journalism.

The launch of the new Thomas Read bursary, awarded to help aspiring journalists with a disability was announced at the event. The bursary has been established in memory of Thomas Read, a journalist who passed away suddenly in early 2015, and is funded by donations from friends and family. In spite of his cerebral palsy, Thomas had worked as a sports journalist at Sky and enjoyed a successful career in journalism. The first recipient is Gemma Louise Hodgson, who is currently studying at St Mary’s University.

Managing Director of NLA media access David Pugh said:
“Supporting journalists from disadvantaged backgrounds is vital if the media is to retain a voice that is as diverse as the issues it reports on. We are committed to the supporting the success of the newspaper industry and young people who want to forge a career in journalism. The JDF is fantastic at providing opportunities to applicants whose careers could otherwise be disadvantaged by their circumstance.”

Joanne Butcher, chief executive of the National Council for the Training of Journalists, said:
“It’s been a pleasure to manage the JDF over the past 10 years. NLA media access has been a source of constant support and, together with other sponsors of the fund, have provided almost 200 exceptional journalists with the financial means to secure the training they need. Both sponsors and supporters of the fund have worked hard to improve the make-up of their newsrooms and ensure they reflect the communities they serve. We hope the next decade sees more socially and ethnically diverse reporters take their place at UK publishers and broadcasters.”


Photocredit: David Parker


Special Contributors Survey - 2014 Results

In order for NLA media access licences to operate smoothly for its licensees, publishers grant a mandate which covers all editorial content in their publications, so that  monitoring agencies and their clients can copy articles knowing that they can rely on the rights granted in NLA licences.

In fact, the copying rights for a percentage of the content may be owned by the contributor (an agency or a freelance commissioned by the publisher). Most publishers operate highly sophisticated rights management processes, which mean that they either own content or a have a licence to publish, copy, or syndicate third party content – which is essential in a fast-moving, multi-platform publishing world.

Although the percentage of content that is not ‘owned’ by the publisher in this way is small and diminishing, it is important that any contributor that has retained rights should receive their share of revenue that has been earned through NLA’s media monitoring licences. NLA therefore conducts a Survey to determine the percentage that a publisher should pay to individual contributors or (if the amount due is less than £100 per individual) to the Journalists Charity .

The latest survey was conducted in 2014 and the headline results were published earlier this year; but now that all publisher payments have been made, we are able to report in much greater depth, giving details of the extent of the survey and the number of recipients paid. Full details on the Special Contributors Scheme can be found here