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Why is freelance journalist insurance important?

From visiting an interview panel to working at home – wherever the job takes you, journalism carries specific risks. Public liability insurance is a key support for freelancers and other set-ups, providing cover for expensive third party accidents, whether it’s property damage or an injury. From there, you can add protection for other risks, like professional indemnity, employers’ liability, or personal accidents.

  • public liability for journalists, up to £5 million
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  • professional indemnity for journalists, up to £2 million
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What does journalist insurance cover?

Insurers often start with public liability cover, a key part of many journalist insurance policies. From there, you can choose to add in specific professional indemnity cover, designed to protect you against issues with your work which end up costing the client or others money to fix. There’s also employers’ liability cover and equipment or personal accident protection to factor in – just tell us what you need.

Public liability for journalists

In case your business causes an injury or property damage.

What’s typically covered by public liability insurance?

Claims against your business for:

  • damage to someone’s property, caused by your journalism business
  • an injury or illness caused by your business activities
  • accidental damage or injuries caused by your employees

For example:

  • your laptop falls onto a member of the public from an overhead locker, causing a deep cut and bruising
  • while interviewing a company CEO for a trade magazine, you spill boiling water on their hand from the dispenser

Read more about public liability insurance

Employers’ liability insurance

In case an employee gets ill or injured while working for you.

What’s typically covered by employers’ liability insurance?

Claims against your business for:

  • an injury or illness that happens as a result of working for you (including temps and casual workers)

**Employers’ liability insurance is required by law if you have people working for you. Without it, you could be fined up to £2,500 a day for each employee.**

For example:

  • a contractor working for you traps their hand in a door while covering a story, fracturing a finger and causing long-term tendon damage
  • your office manager slips down the steps outside your premises which you’ve been meaning to have cleaned, breaking her knee

Professional indemnity insurance journalists

In case there’s a claim for loss-causing errors or issues with your work.

What’s typically covered by professional indemnity insurance?

Claims against your business for professional negligence or a loss-causing breach of contract. This can include:

  • advice which turns out to be incorrect
  • mistakes in your work that cost others money to fix

For example:

  • you write an article for your client which contains inaccurate information, and receive a claim from them for resulting financial losses
  • you’re commissioned to supply editorial for a client’s website which causes their search engine rankings to drop, triggering a financial loss

Read more about professional indemnity insurance

Business and office equipment insurance

In case something happens to the equipment you rely on.

What’s typically covered by business and office equipment insurance?

  • accidental damage to the equipment you use to run the business
  • theft, flood, and fire damage

For example:

  • someone breaks into your office safe storage and steals three work phones, a laptop, and two sets of headphones
  • you drop your laptop onto a concrete floor while reporting on a story – it’s badly damaged and needs to be replaced

Read more about business and office equipment insurance

Legal expenses insurance

In case you face legal costs in connection with your journalism business.

What’s typically covered by legal expenses insurance?

  • legal costs attributed to your journalism business
  • property damage, nuisance, or trespass – specifically, the associated legal claims and compensation payouts
  • tax and compliance disputes and investigations you need help with
  • access to expert advice – including a tax advice phone line, confidential 24/7 legal phone line, and crisis PR support to help you protect your reputation as a respected journalist

For example:

  • you agree a deadline with your client but fall behind and miss a launch date – they take legal action and you need to pay associated costs
  • a former employee raises an employers’ liability claim against you, and you need to recover costs

Read more about legal expenses insurance

Personal accident insurance

In case anyone you’ve covered is accidentally injured, at work or elsewhere.

What’s typically covered by personal accident insurance?

  • accidental injury or death at or outside of work, for anyone covered on the policy
  • lost income, medical costs, and hospitalisation benefit

For example:

  • you slip on some rocks and break your leg while reporting on a story, forcing you to delay your next commission
  • one of your junior reporters is in a minor car accident at the weekend, and needs time off work for hospital visits

Read more about personal accident insurance

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Insurance for freelance journalists – how much does it cost?

Find out how much you’ll pay by comparing prices from a range of trusted insurers. You choose what goes into your policy, so you only pay for what you need.

Prices start from £3.58 per month

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How we work out example prices We take the highest price from the bottom 10 per cent of all our customers paying in monthly instalments (based on data from 1 January - 31 August 2021). Most customers pay more than this but some pay less.

Example journalist insurance quotes, real prices

£25.14 /month

£223.45 /month

A freelance journalist that works for local press

  • 1-2 years' experience
  • Sole trader
  • No employees
  • Based in Derby

Public liability

£1,000,000


Employers’ liability

Not included


Professional indemnity

£50,000

£63.12 /month

£561.1 /month

A small journalism firm that works for online publications across a number of industries

  • 5+ years' experience
  • Limited company
  • 2 employees
  • Based in Bristol

Public liability

£2,000,000


Employers’ liability

£10,000,000


Professional indemnity

£250,000

How we work out example quotes These examples are real quotes from our online system (created 19/04/2021). They’re based on a range of factors, like employees and location. Your own quote will be based on what you tell us about your business. Prices may go up or down from day to day, so the prices you’re quoted may differ to the ones you see here.

What kind of excess should I expect?

An excess is an amount you pay towards any claim you make on your insurance. For example, if your excess is £250 and you make a claim worth £1000, your payout will be a maximum of £750.

Insurance coverLowest excessHighest excess
Professional indemnityNo excess£2500
Public liability£200£750
Contents£100£750
Portable equipment£100£500
Employers liabilityNo excessNo excess

The figures above are for guidance only and any excess applying to your quote may differ. You’ll get a breakdown of the excesses for each quote when you compare with us.

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How do I choose insurance?

Making sure you have the right type and level of business insurance can be the difference between getting a claim paid and having to cover the cost of an expensive accident yourself. Read our tips for guidance on what to consider when buying a policy.

Which type of workers do I need insurance for?

Employers’ liability insurance is a legal requirement if you employ people.

If you have people working for you, including bona fide subcontractors (BFSC), labour-only subcontractors (LOSC), part-timers, or full-time staff, employers’ liability insurance is required by law.

Read on for our simplified guide to the difference between labour-only subcontractors and bona fide subcontractors.

Does journalist insurance cover my work correctly?

Make sure you're picking the right cover to protect you properly. It's important to know that if you have another trade or job, you'll need additional cover. For example, do you need to consider copywriter insurance or photography insurance?

Do I need cover for other types of work?

If you provide these services alongside building work, make sure you’re covered:

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Which public liability cover limit should I choose?

Think about the maximum possible loss your business could face in the event of a claim, and make sure you take legal fees and damages into consideration. You can choose from three levels of coverage – £1 million, £2 million, or up to £5 million.


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Example claim

Having freelance journalist insurance through Simply Business has saved professionals thousands of pounds when the unexpected happened.

Noelle saved more than £1,400

Noelle (not her real name) was covering a press event at a football stadium when her laptop was stolen from her bag. The business and office equipment cover she’d added to her freelance journalist insurance covered the replacement cost.

Insurance payout

£1,442.83

Covering the cost of theft


Noelle’s costs

£100

The excess amount stated in Noelle’s policy terms

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Insurance for journalists FAQs

Whether you’re new to buying business insurance or you’ve been trading for a while, here are the answers to some commonly asked questions about journalist insurance. You can also check out our business insurance FAQs.

  • Public liability insurance for journalists

    Public liability insurance is often an important cover for businesses, as it can protect you if someone is injured or their property is damaged because of your business. Simply Business offers between £1 million and £5 million in cover, to protect you against this cost.

    Professional indemnity insurance for journalists

    Professional indemnity insurance is a vital consideration for all businesses that give advice or offer professional services to other businesses. It covers you in the event that you give faulty advice that causes financial loss to a client. You can buy professional indemnity insurance as a stand-alone cover or as part of a combined policy with other covers. At Simply Business we offer between £50,000 and £5 million in professional indemnity cover.

    If you have employees, contractors, casual workers or temporary staff, you’re required by law to take out employers’ liability insuranceWe . It’ll cover claims from employees who’ve been injured or become seriously ill as a result of working for you.

  • The exact insurance you’ll need depends on your business, the clients you work with, and the stories you’re covering.

    Professional indemnity (PI) insurance is a key cover for thousands of freelance journalists, protecting against claims for negligent professional errors. As a freelancer, you won’t have the protective weight of an employer’s legal team on hand to take care of expensive claims like these.You can add PI cover to a broader business insurance policy that includes cover for things like accidents, injuries, and damage to your laptop, or buy it as a standalone policy.

  • Yes. It’s important to make sure you have the right type and level of insurance for the different types of work you do. For example, if you’re a journalist, you may also do the odd photography job – you’ll need additional cover for this, but you can have it all on the one policy.

    When you start your quote, you’ll have the option to add another trade or profession to your policy. If you need to add a third trade, give us a call on 0333 0146 683 and one of our insurance experts will help you set up your policy in minutes.

  • Each insurer looks at CCJs and IVAs differently – some apply stricter rules than others, but having a CCJ or IVA doesn’t necessarily mean you won’t be able to buy insurance.

  • If you change your business legal structure from sole trader to limited company mid-way through your policy, give us a call straight away on 0333 043 8527. It’ll only take us a few minutes to cancel your existing policy and replace it with one that correctly covers your new legal structure. It’s worth bearing in mind that your insurer and premium amount may need to change.

We create this content for general information purposes and it should not be taken as advice. Always check policy documentation for details and seek professional advice. Read our full Terms and Conditions

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