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Welcome to the NUJ.

The industry has never needed an active and strong union as much as it does now.

The National Union of Journalists is the voice for journalists and journalism.

The NUJ is an inclusive union and represents a broad range of media professionals.

We strive to improve the pay and conditions of our members and protect and promote media freedom, professionalism and ethical standards.

The NUJ is an active union – our members take part in campaigning and negotiating to ensure we are properly rewarded for the skilled work we do.

The union is represented in towns and cities all over the UK, Ireland and parts of Europe. NUJ members work together to improve living standards and working lives.

They work across the media – as staffers, casuals and freelances. Members work in broadcasting, newspapers, magazines, books, in public relations and in new media.

Founded in 1907, the NUJ is one of the biggest journalists' unions in the world.

Our members are linked to journalists and trade unionists throughout the world. Together we're stronger and we can make a difference.

The NUJ rules state that "[t]he union shall consist of journalists, including photographers, creative artists working editorially in newspapers, magazines, books, broadcasting, public relations and information, and electronic media; or as advertising and fashion photographers, advertising copywriters, editorial computer systems workers…"

The UK standard classification code published by the Office of National Statistics lists a series of roles defined as journalistic. These form the single occupational group of "journalist, newspaper and periodical editors" and include:

  • art editor
  • broadcast journalist
  • columnist
  • commentator
  • communications officer
  • copy editor
  • court reporter
  • critic
  • diarist
  • editorial director
  • editor
  • editorial manager
  • feature writer
  • freelance writer
  • journalist
  • listings editor
  • leader writer
  • foreign correspondent
  • newspaper correspondent
  • newspaper editor
  • news editor
  • news writer
  • picture editor
  • political correspondent
  • production editor
  • press representative
  • publications officer
  • radio journalist
  • reporter
  • sub-editor
  • sports writer
  • technical
  • correspondent
  • turf correspondent
  • writer

The NUJ represents journalists working in a broader variety of roles than the ONS category - our members also include photographers, producers, presenters, website managers, content providers, advertising copyrighters, designers, social media officers, bloggers, podcasters, press officers, communications officers, photo and video journalists. Some of our members working in magazines, books, PR and communications don't call themselves journalists but they are still members of our union. If you would like to check your eligibility for NUJ membership, email: recruit@nuj.org.uk

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The NUJ represents members in the following sectors:

There is a specific category of membership for student journalists. The NUJ's photographer, photojournalist and video journalist members are also represented by the photographers' council.