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Sell a Story, Photo, or Video to the Press

Do you want to contact the Sun Newspaper with a story, photo or video to sell?

You are in the right place if you want to contact to contact the Sun, or any other major newspaper in the world.

Every single day we help fill the pages of the Sun and other national newspapers with our stories, videos and pictures. We supply print, online and television news outlets with daily content.

Fill in the Story Valuation form on page and we’ll let you know what your content is worth. We can help you secure the best fee for selling your story to the Sun or any other press outlet.

Our service won’t cost you a penny. We ensure you are paid fairly for your content. In addition we ensure that you are not misrepresented in any way. We will help you contact the Sun and other publications by pitching your story to the right person, and in the best way to maximise your fee.

We also have unrivaled contacts at every national newspaper, so we can help you get your story out to the widest audience. It’s estimated that our agency provides up to 20% of daily newspaper news content.

Why not contact the Sun directly?

Sell my story to The SunIt’s simple to contact The Sun directly by visiting their website here.

However, we know that it can be very daunting dealing directly with the publication (we do it every day!).

By contacting us we can take the pressure off and make sure we get you the best deal. We won’t just run the story without your permission or without getting in touch with you to discuss it further.

If you contact the Sun using our agency to represent you, we can make sure we get the best deal for you from them. We’re relied upon by The Sun and most other major newspapers to supply stories, images and videos that can fill the columns every single day.

We are also able to contact all the other national newspapers so that you get the best fees and biggest reach – without having to deal with reporters from every paper yourself. Many people find it difficult to get a response from major newspapers, or get through to the right person in the first place.

Can you contact the Sun for me?

Yes! Once you tell us a little about your story, video or photos, our team will read your submission and get back in touch with to find out a bit more.

After that, if we feel the story or content is suited to the Sun (or any other newspaper you choose), we will contact the Sun and negotiate a deal for your story.

We will exclusively manage the rights to your story, photo or video so we can maximise the potential revenue and ensure you’re paid exactly what you’re owed.

But it is important to note that you will always remain the copyright holder.

Once we have your permission, we can approach publications ourselves to sell the video and you can refer anyone who approaches you about it to us. That way, all the pressure is off you – we can handle it!

What sort of story do you contact the Sun with?

We’d love to hear from you about all kinds of stories.

If you think it is interesting, funny, inspirational, heartwarming or shocking then get in touch with us.

We have contacts at every single national newspaper and provide them all with stories every single day.

That means that no matter what your story is, if it could appear in any national newspaper, including the Sun, we’d like to hear from you

How do you get the best deal for my story?

We treat each story individually to get you the best deal.

Unlike some sellers, we are a full-service journalistic agency staffed by proper reporters, photographers, videographers and editors. In fact, we are the largest independent press agency in the UK. You’ll find our offices spanning the country, in the US and also other parts of the world.

We don’t just send out a story and hope for the best – we craft a story around it, making it more attractive to publishers.

There are two main ways we sell your story –

1) We sell your story exclusively via our daily story auction.

It goes to the newspaper who will pay the most as an exclusive.

2) We sell your story to every publication in the UK through our newswire service.

If your story is a breaking news story which needs to be printed quickly we send it out on our ‘newswire’.

This is a service that takes your story straight to every single newspaper at the same time.

Magazines and newspapers will pay for what they use – the space that your story or photo takes up.

Keep your story exclusive

The best advice to maximise your story income is don’t send your story, photos or videos to multiple outlets. Pick one representative and stick with them.

If you choose and SWNS, we request that you refrain from sending your content elsewhere as it could affect the price we are able to negotiate for you.

Many people believe by touting their content around, they will achieve the highest price. The opposite is true. The more exclusive your story, the higher the price it will command. Editors hate it when footage is available, or has been leaked to other outlets. They are less likely to pay the top price.

It’s also impossible to keep track of usage and payments if you send it to other outlets. Unless it is handled in the correct way, you may find that you jeapordise fees and find your content being used without your permission.

Would you like some more information?

No problem! Give us a ring on 01179066500 or email

We can talk through your options and give you some no-obligation advice.

If you decide you don’t want to proceed then that is not a problem. We can answer any questions you have.

You’ll also find more information about how to sell a story on our sell my story page. If you would like to find out more about how to sell a story to the Daily Mirror, or how to sell a story to the Daily Mail, see our information pages. Or you can find out more about how we sell stories to all national newspapers and magazines.

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