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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 who they are responsible for representing and assisting. Examples of constituencies include the north west of 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 properly reflect 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: 2016- 2018 term

The councils and representative seats available at the moment are as follows:
The closing date for nominations is close of business Monday 8 January, 2018

Membership Election Procedures

Latest vacancies are:

National executive council (2016-18)


South East England

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Scottish executive council (2016-18)

Industrial Seats:
National Newspapers & Agencies
New Media
Provincial Newspapers
Public Relations & Communications
Branch Seats:
Dumfries & Galloway
Glasgow Broadcasting
Perth & District
West of Scotland Freelance

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Welsh executive council (2016-18)

Black members

National newspapers and agencies

New media

Provincial newspapers

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Irish executive council

Nominations are invited for the new Irish Executive Council. The new council will take office following delegate meeting on 18 eNovember 2017 (DM 2017).

The incoming council will be elected under the union's rulebook, rule 14 and its composition shall be as follows:

Broadcasting (3 seats)
Freelance (4 seats)
Magazines and books (1 seat)
National newspapers and agencies (2 seats)
PR and communications (1 seat)
Provincial newspapers (4 seats)
Reserved seat for Northern Ireland (1 seat)

Seats are allocated on the basis of membership per sector and each branch may also nominate for the Black Members seat.  Nominations are also sought for one observer from the new media sector.

Please contact your local branch representatives for more information and to volunteer. Nominations need to be made at a properly constituted branch meeting.  Nominees are required to sign a nominations form available from branch reps. Nomination forms must reach NUJ, 2nd Floor, Spencer House, Spencer Row, Off Store Street, Dublin 1 by 17.00 on Friday 28 July.

Continental European council (2016-18)


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Ethics council (2016-18)

National Newspapers

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Broadcasting industrial council (2016-18)

Commercial Radio


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Freelance industrial council (2016-18)

East Anglia

North East of England

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Magazine and book industrial council (2016-18)

Black Members

Disabled Members


Magazines (3)


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New media industrial council (2016-18)

New Media Industrial Council

Black member


North West

South East England (including East Anglia)

Disabled members

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Newspapers and agencies industrial council (2016-18)

Black Members

Disabled Members

East Anglia


News Agencies


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Public relations and communications industrial council (2016-18)

London and South East (3)

North West


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Photographers' council (2016-18)

London (2)

South East England

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Delegate Meeting Committees

Appeals Tribunal:

1 vacancy

Health & Safety committee:


PR & Communications

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 democractic 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 equalty 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 number of 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 7 days after the deadline for nominations.  Please assist us by including the most up-to-date email address for each nominee.

To comply with the rules, the election timetable is very tight and nominees need to 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.