The NUJ is an independent trade union and has been representing journalists throughout the media industry for more than 100 years.
The union is a democratic, member-led grass roots organisation and NUJ members shape union priorities and policies.
The NUJ speaks on behalf of 34,000 members, including students and people who work throughout the industry - as freelances and staff in newspapers, news agencies, magazines, online, book publishing, public relations, and photographers.
Anyone over 16 and in higher or further education can become a student member of the NUJ if they are studying journalism or involved in the student media.
Some of the benefits of being an NUJ member include:
+ NUJ membership card
+ Student press card
+ Membership of your local NUJ Branch
+ Career information and advice
+ Discounts on some Apple Mac products
+ Free newsletters and magazine
+ Access to the NUJ mentor scheme
+ The chance to get involved in union activity and events.
“Membership of the union and your NUJ card is a vital passport for your career in the media. Starting out in journalism can be tough, the competition is fierce - employers are quick to exploit new journalists. You need to protect your interests at work by joining the NUJ” Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ General Secretary
The union fights for:
Employment rights: The NUJ campaigns to make members aware of their rights - and how to use them. Unionised workplaces have better wages and holidays.
The union’s ethical framework is set out in our code of conduct
. The union is a core participant at the Leveson Inquiry and we campaign for better regulation and media plurality.
Equality: The NUJ challenges all forms of inequality and discrimination at work and we want journalists to have a decent work/life balance.
Fight for our BBC: We support public service broadcasting and campaign against the cuts at the BBC.
Interns: We have helped people who have worked for little or no money get the national minimum wage.
If you want to join the union you can -
+ Call the union: 020 7843 3700
NUJ student membership ceases after graduation but if you have been a student member you can get a 50% discount on NUJ temporary membership and a 25% discount on membership if you are employed full-time in journalism work following your time as a student.
More information for student members is available here
Join the NUJ today