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NUJ elections

The union encourages all members to play an active role in our organisation and the NUJ is a democratic and campaigning trade union that strives to represent media workers in all sectors of the media industry.

One way members can get involved in the union is by volunteering to stand for election. The union has a series of councils and committees that make the day-to-day decisions about how the union is run and its priorities. All full (not temporary) NUJ members can volunteer to participate on NUJ councils and committees. Eligibility to volunteer sometimes depends on the member's employment sector (photographer or freelance, for example) and if there is more than one volunteer then there is an election in which members get to decide.

Members who want to put their name forward to volunteer for a council or committee will need to gain the support of their branch representatives (this is a process called nominating). A list of all branches, reps names and email addresses can be accessed on the branch contacts page. If you don't have a branch but still want to volunteer then email:

There are also elections that take place at the union's conference (DM) and these vacancies are advertised in advance of the event. Where there is only a single candidate, or two candidates choose to job-share, they are deemed elected without a ballot.

When a union member is appointed or elected as an NUJ rep on a council or committee then they have their own constituency of NUJ members for whom they are responsible and must represent and assist. Examples of constituencies include the north west England or NUJ members working in magazines. In addition, every NEC member has a constituency and all members can find out who represents them on the NEC contacts page. 

Successive NUJ delegate meetings (DMs) have agreed that more needs to be done to reflect properly the union's diversity of membership. The union therefore encourages more women, young people and Black and minority ethnic (BME) members to volunteer and asks branches to encourage members from under-represented groups to get involved.

There are often vacancies on NUJ councils and committees, the latest list is below -

Latest information on NUJ elections: 2018- 2020 term

The closing date for nominations is close of business Monday 29 July 2019

Membership Election Procedures

Latest vacancies are:

National executive council (2018-20)

Geographical seat


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Scottish executive council (2018-20)

Industrial seats:


National Newspapers & Agencies (2)

Provincial Newspapers

Branch Seats:


Dumfries & Galloway


Forth Valley

Glasgow Broadcasting





West of Scotland Freelance

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Welsh executive council (2018-20)

Black Members


Industrial seats:

Magazine & Books

National Newspapers & Agencies

New Media


Provincial Newspapers


Branch seats

North/Mid Wales

North Wales Coast

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Irish executive council (2018-20) 




Continental European council (2018-20)

Paris (2)

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Ethics council (2018-20)


National Newspapers

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Broadcasting industrial council (2018-20)

BBC English Regions

BBC Worldwide

Commercial Radio (2)

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Freelance industrial council (2018-20)

Black Members

Equality Members

East Anglia


North West England


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Magazine and books industrial council (2018-20)

Black Members

Disabled Members


Books (2)

Magazines (3)

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New media industrial council (2018-20)

Disabled Members


South East England (including East Anglia)

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Newspapers and agencies industrial council (2018-20)

Black Members


Disabled Members

East Anglia


News Agencies

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Public relations and communications industrial council (2018-20)

London and South East (2)

North West (2)

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Photographers' council (2018-20)

South East England

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Delegate Meeting Committees (2018-20)

Professional training committee:

1 vacancy


Health & Safety committee:


Newspapers & Agencies

Any questions?

If you have questions or queries about the vacancies, email:

You may also want to speak to current union representatives about what the post involves. To find out reps' contact details, visit the members-only contacts areas of this website.

Understanding the union's democracy:

For information about the union's democratic structures read the about section on union democracy.

For information about councils and committees, their remit and representatives, read about NUJ councils and NUJ committees.

The composition of the NEC includes different types of representatives, including geographical, industrial sectors and from self-organised groups. To read more about the NEC and the current representatives, visit the NEC section of this website.

The NUJ rule book sets out the democratic structures of the NUJ.

Information for branches:

Circulars, including nomination forms, get sent to branch reps (elected officer) through out the year. If branch reps have any queries, questions or nominations they can be emailed to

Branches may nominate candidates to any industrial council for any sector in which members of that branch work. All branches may nominate candidates to DM-elected bodies.

Branches in Scotland may make nominations to the Scottish Executive Council (SEC) for industrial sectors or geographical areas in which they have members, as well as for Black members', disabled members' or equality seats.

Branches in Wales may make nominations to the Welsh Executive Council (WEC) for industrial sectors or geographical areas in which they have members, as well as for Black members' and disabled members' seats.

Nominations must be made at a properly called and constituted branch meeting.

Nomination forms must be signed by an elected officer of the branch.

Please assist Headland House by including the most up-to-date email address for each nominee.

Information for members seeking nomination:

All members seeking nomination must be in benefit: this means they are up-to-date with their union contributions.

Members seeking nomination to industrial seats or industrial councils must be registered as working in that sector on the NUJ membership system.

Members seeking nomination to geographical seats must live in the relevant geographical area.

Members seeking nomination to the Black members' council or any Black members' seat must be registered as a Black member on the NUJ membership system.

Members seeking nomination to the disabled members' council or any disabled members' seats must be registered as a disabled member on the NUJ membership system.

Nominees must sign the consent section of the nomination form or inform Headland House that they are willing to accept the nomination.

Balloting and elections:

Elections take place if any of the seats are contested. If there are the same number or fewer nominees as there are seats, then those nominees will be deemed elected without opposition.

In the event of a ballot, candidates standing for election will be asked for a statement, which shall not exceed 400 words, plus a list of NUJ union offices held.

This statement must be delivered to Headland House no later than seven days after the deadline for nominations.  Please assist us by including the most up-to-date email address for each nominee.

The election timetable is very tight and, to comply with the rules, nominees must provide their statement on time, otherwise the election booklet will read: "No statement received".

In the event of a ballot, voting will be by single transferable vote and Electoral Reform Services will act as official scrutineers in accordance with Section 49 of the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992 as amended by the Trade Union Reform and Employment Rights Act 1993.