Welcome to the NUJ
If you are a journalist the NUJ is the union for you.
The NUJ is the voice for journalists and journalism. We are an active, campaigning organisation seeking to improve the pay and conditions of our members and working to protect and promote media freedom, professionalism and ethical standards in all media.
The NUJ is an active union with our members taking part in campaigning, negotiating and lobbying, seeking to ensure we are properly rewarded for the skilled work we do. At the same time, when things do get tough at work, the NUJ is there to represent you and stand up for your rights.
This union is organised in workplaces, towns and cities all over the UK, Ireland and parts of continental Europe where NUJ members meet to discuss how to improve our working lives.
Members work across the entire industry – as staffers and freelances, writers and reporters, editors and sub-editors, photographers and illustrators. Members work in broadcasting, newspapers, magazines, books, in public relations and in a variety of new media. We are professionals who are proud of the work that we do.Founded in 1907, the NUJ is among the biggest and best-established journalists' unions in the world, with 38,000 members.
As NUJ members, we not only care about our own working lives but about the lives of other journalists and trade unionists throughout the UK and the world. We support workers’ rights and freedom of speech everywhere.
We believe that together we’re stronger, that together we can make a difference.
Why join the NUJ?
Here are 10 good reasons why you should join the NUJ
The NUJ offers all working journalists:
Protection at work
Expert advice on copyright
Skilled representation at all levels
Better health and safety
Strong support for press freedom
A leading role in the fight for employment rights
To join the NUJ click here.
Your application will be acknowledged within 10 days of receipt. It will then be referred to your local branch. You can download an application form for a press card and full details of the union’s benefits and rules.
There is a special category of membership for journalism students and refugee journalists.
To find out what we are doing in the area where you work go to the YOUR WORK section of the site. The NUJ represents members in the following sectors:
Our proud past
The NUJ was founded in 1907 and has fought for journalists, their pay and conditions, their working rights and their professional freedom ever since.
The NUJ has held on to these values through war and peace, boom times and recessions. Despite the attacks in the UK on trade unions and independent journalism, despite the supposed fall in public appreciation of our members' work, we are thriving.
We're the union of the past, present and future.