Join the National Union of Journalists online
Do you work in the media? Join the NUJ
The National Union of Journalists is the voice for journalism and for journalists across the UK and Ireland working at home and abroad in all sectors of the media as freelances, casuals and staff in newspapers, news agencies, broadcasting, magazines, online, book publishing, in public relations, communications, and as photographers.
The union represents a broad range of media professionals. For more information about the job types and roles that are eligible for NUJ membership, visit the about page of this website.
The NUJ was founded in 1907 and has more than 30,000 members.
If you have an interest in joining, but want more information, please complete this form and we will get in touch with you.
Reasons to join the NUJ
Equality: there is less chance for discrimination in a unionised workplace.
NUJ Extra: our registered charity helps members and their dependants in times of need.
Health and safety: union reps have powers to ensure the risks of injury or ill-health are reduced or eliminated at work.
Legal support: every year the NUJ helps hundreds of members win damages from employers and clients.
More pay and holidays: the NUJ can help improve pay rates and in a unionised workplace you get more annual leave.
Press freedom: the union defends press freedom when it comes under threat.
Ethics: the NUJ has its own code of conduct and support services for members.
Training: the union provides training for members.
The NUJ is an independent trade union and has been representing journalists throughout the media industry for over 100 years.
The union is a democratic, member led grass roots organisation – it is members in workplace chapels and branches who shape union policy and direct priorities.
A strong union is good for workers and good for business. The TUC has published reports showing evidence of of the good unions do.
Apply online for NUJ membership
We have five different categories of NUJ membership. Please select the category that applies to you.
If you have any problems filling in an online application, you can download a print version of the form.
If you are unable to fill out an application form online or in print, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone: 020 7843 3737
Full and temporary working members of the union can apply for press cards once their NUJ membership has been approved. See the range of cards we offer and details on how to apply.
No member should pay more than 1 per cent of their gross taxable income in NUJ contributions subject to a minimum rate of £10 a month (£120 a year)/ €11.50 a month (€138 a year). Any member earning less than £13,600 should only pay the minimum rate.
There are two categories of full membership:
If you are a staff member employed by a company in the media industry, whether you have a company contract, work for an agency or are a rostered casual with only one employer, you can apply online to join the NUJ as a staff member.
If you are a self-employed freelance or contractor, or work for more than one employer on a casual basis, you can apply online to join the NUJ as a freelance member.
If you are trying to establish or re-establish yourself as a full-time journalist, yet do not yet earn half of your income from freelance journalism and you don't have another full-time job, you can apply online to join the NUJ as a temporary freelance member.
Temporary membership can last for up to three years. All temporary freelance members pay an annual membership rate of £60/€69 in the first year, £84/€96.60 in the second year and £102/€117.30 in the third year.
It is possible to set up a direct debit and pay monthly for temporary membership.(Please note: members paying by direct debit who qualify for a press card will not receive their card until after two months subscriptions have been paid. This is to cover the cost of producing the cards).
Student members automatically qualify for temporary freelance membership once they complete their studies. They are also eligible for a discount on their first annual subscription, see below.
If you have a full-time job outside journalism, but prepare factual written, visual, or audio material of public concern for dissemination through public media, and support trade union rights and journalistic standards, then you can apply online to join the NUJ as an associate member.
Please note that associate members are not eligible for a press card.
Associate members, except for students, pay subscriptions of £60 a year.
Please contact the NUJ for further details about associate membership: email@example.com
You can apply online to join the NUJ as a student member, If you are over 16 and in higher education, either:
- studying journalism or a related course covering areas in which the NUJ organises (e.g. public relations, website design, book publishing),
- engaged in journalistic work for a student publication, community media or self-publishing online or in print.
Student membership is £30 / €34.50 and is for the duration of the course.
When they've finished their studies, student members automatically qualify for temporary freelance membership and receive a 50 per cent discount on their first year of membership. Student members who start full-time employment once they have finished their studies get a 25 per cent discount on their first year of full membership.
For more information about the benefits of union membership for students, visit the student page on the NUJ website.
Asylum seeker members
Asylum seekers who are prevented by law from working in their country of residence can join the NUJ and shall not be required to pay subscriptions.
Please contact the NUJ for further details about asylum seeker membership: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are an intern, you may be entitled to the mimimum wage as well as NUJ membership.
For more information, see the cashback for interns campaign.
Printable application forms
NUJ membership application forms available to download and print: