The rates are all over the place. We couldn't collect the figures from all the various bureaus, but we've got what we understand to be a few. If you have one for your city, feel free to post the figures in the comments section of this post - anonymously of course - so others may know the different rates per region/bureau. If you've got a correction, send it along and we'll update this post.
Ohio's base rate is now $175, and the multiple assignment/tournament rate is now $275.
In Florida, the rate for news or Feature coverage - single assignment. Legislative, business, news, sports news conference, weather feature, interviews, or a member special went from $160 to $250. For news or feature coverage - multiple assignments, assignments in nearby locations, the rate is $425. For major assignments, all day stake-outs, in-depth feature coverage of a story that is particularly time consuming, the rate is $350. Single sporting event - pro and college basketball, baseball, or hockey, for instance, the rate is $250. For football, both pro and college, the rate is $300. for the multiple assignment/tournament rate, pro and college golf, car racing, tennis, or other sporting tournaments, for example, the rate is now $350.
For DC, the first assignment is now $250, Football games are $300, extended coverage is $350, and multiple assignments are apparently now $425.
For Richmond, the single assignment is $200, major assignments that require extended coverage is now $300, multiple assignments are now $325, all single game or single event sports (except football) are $225, all football games are $250, and multi-game sports tournaments or sports events requiring extended coverage is now $300.
Each rate sheet includes the following language:
"AP does not pay itemized assignment expenses. Assignment rates include typical costs including mileage in and around town, parking, and tolls. Assignment costs for assignments requiring extended travel or other extraordinary expenses are estimated and agreed upon in advance and reflected in a new, overall negotiated rate. Unforseen extraordinary costs are negotiated after the fact and reflected in a new, all inclusive rate."
Yes, these rates are higher. They certainly should be since the last rate hike, since everything - including cameras! - has gotten more expensive. Factoring in just a the cost-of-living increases since the last rate hike, these rates are not a "raise", they barely (if they even do) keep up with the cost of inflation.
- The 2008 AP Contract Analysis - Introduction
- The 2008 AP Contract Analysis - Opening Recitations
- The 2008 AP Contract Analysis - Section 1
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- The AP 2008 Contract Analysis - Section 3
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- The AP 2008 Contract Analysis - Section 5
- The AP 2008 Contract Analysis - Section 6
- The AP 2008 Contract Analysis - Sections 7,8 & 9
- The AP 2008 Contract Analysis - Rates
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