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Public relations and communications

You work in public relations? Join the National Union of Journalists [cover]If you work in public relations, broader corporate communications, public affairs, campaigning or marketing, there's never been a better time to be a NUJ member.

We are by far the biggest trade union in the industry. We know that not everyone who works in communications sees themselves as a journalist, but the NUJ recognises the important role we play in the media as a whole.

Our members work right across the sector – you may be a press officer, communications officer/manager, public and media relations officer/director, public relations consultant, photographer, copywriter, editor of an in-house or corporate journal, a web editor, media trainer or creative artist working editorially in the media or PR.

We also know many PR professionals work in isolation or small teams under very difficult conditions. Savage job cuts at many organisations have left fewer people forced to do more work and we represent members whose employers treat them unfairly. We also have expertise in industry pay levels – a crucial factor when negotiating salaries.

A guide to the rights and wrongs of PR practice [cover]We also realise many former newspaper, magazine and broadcast journalists are now working in PR, reflecting today's changing working environment. The NUJ understands the implications of this and is there to represent you.

The union constantly campaigns to improve pay, benefits and working conditions throughout the industry. We also offer members free support and legal advice if you run into problems, ethical guidelines to help you make those tough decisions, advice on pensions, health and safety and a press card.

You can add to that list career-changing networking opportunities, tailored training and the opportunity to be involved in the organisation recognised as the voice of those who work in the profession.

If you work in public relations and information and are not yet a member of the NUJ, join us. Download our recruitment flyer for PR workers.

Read Unspun - the archive of "the view from inside PR column" in the Journalist magazine.

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We also have strong partnership arrangements with other trade unions, offering shared membership which delivers expert journalistic representation as well as employer-specific representation. Contact us to find out more.

The Public Relations & Communications industrial council

The Public Relations & Communications Industrial Council (PRCIC) promotes and supervises negotiations and agreements with individuals or groups of employers on wages and conditions of employment and allied problems – including the promotion of vocational training – in the PR and communications sector.

PRCIC carries out recruitment and organisation activities within the two sectors. It functions as an advisory committee to the NEC and has the right to make representations to the NEC.

Find out who represents you on the PRCIC (members only).