The National Union of Journalists (NUJ) is the voice for journalism and journalists in the UK and Ireland. It was founded in 1907 and has more than 30,000 members. The NUJ represents people working across the media – as staff, casuals and freelances at home and abroad. NUJ members work in broadcasting, newspapers, news agencies, magazines, books, public relations, communications, photography, videography and new media. The union strives to improve the pay and conditions of NUJ members and protect and promote media freedom, professionalism and the NUJ ethical code of conduct.
The NUJ is an active union – our members campaign and negotiate to ensure we are properly rewarded for the skilled work we do and the union is represented in towns and cities all over the UK, Ireland and parts of Europe.
Founded in 1907, the NUJ is one of the biggest journalists' unions in the world.
Local and regional newspapers including Newsquest, Trinity Mirror, Johnston Press, and Tindle titles. National newspapers including the FT, Guardian and Express as well as other titles such as the South Wales Argus, the Scotsman and Irish Times. Other workplaces include the BBC and RTE as well as news agencies including Reuters. The NUJ is also active within magazines and book publishers such as HarperCollins and Penguin Random House.
The NUJ helps negotiate pay rates, hours, jobs and other staffing issues. Members can take part in branches and chapels and the NUJ encourages all members to participate in union-wide campaigns and events.
All members receive e-newsletters and a magazine, and they also have access to ethical advice, legal assistance and training.
Full and temporary members of the union who are engaged in news-gathering can apply for press cards.
Apple, ProductionBase and other companies offer discounts to members.
NUJ Extra is the union's charity that helps members and their dependants in times of need and the George Viner Memorial Fund aims to broaden the diversity of journalists working in the British and Irish media by helping students.
NUJ membership rates start at £60 for the first year for people building a career in journalism.
For working journalist, staff or freelance, rates range from £15 to £25 per month depending on income.
Student membership is £30 for the duration of the course being studied.