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If you work as a freelance, the NUJ is the union for you.
As someone who works from home for a variety of different employers, or as a freelance at an office, or a specialist contributor – you need the protection of a trade union.
Our freelance members work in broadcasting, new media, public relations, newspapers, magazines and books. You may be a writer, reporter, editor, sub-editor, photographer, illustrator, designer, trainer, researcher or public relations professional.
Whatever your expertise, you are welcome in the NUJ. As a freelance worker, you can sometimes feel isolated and undervalued. Freelances may be paid late and frequently have to negotiate their rights and contractual terms. We have the expertise and experience you need to help.
You are not alone. There are thousands of NUJ freelance members out there who belong to branches and networks and who regularly discuss issues of importance to freelances and use their collective voice to win better terms and conditions.
"I'm a freelance journalist, give me one good reason why I should join the NUJ"
We'll give you TEN:
- Getting paid
- Getting advice
- Press cards
- Getting work
- Press freedom
- An international voice
What the NUJ can do for you
- The NUJ freelance office can advice on fees, contracts, copyright, employment rights, insurance and much more. It can also assist in pursuing late payers. Alternatively, NUJ members can contact the freelance industrial council.
- The NUJ freelance directory is the biggest and most reliable listing of media freelances in the UK and Ireland, with free listings for all NUJ freelance members.
- The freelancee fees guide and a guide to digital photography fees have been produced to help freelances get the best rate for the job.
- #useitpayforit: guidelines for selling your pictures
- The NUJ freelance fact pack (members only) is an invaluable resource for advice on working and living as a freelance.
- Why it pays to be a member of the NUJ if you are a freelance: recruitment video.
London has the most freelance journalists of any city in the UK – the London freelance branch website can keep you informed about what's going on.
If you work as a freelance and are not yet a member of the NUJ, join us.
Read How to use Google tools as a journalist: thisevent with the Google News Lab looked at how journalists can make use of the search engine's tools. Videos of the sessions are now available to members.
Read Get it in writing....and always ask for more the NUJ's conference on boosting freelance skills from 16 January 2016.
Read the report about the NUJ's conference on New Ways to Make Journalism Pay from 17 November 2012.
Read Help Yourself – New Ways To Make Copyright Pay - a free, downloadable book on ways to profit from freelance work (members only).
Read the NUJ's Small Claims Guide 2015. This booklet has been produced by the NUJ’s solicitors, Thompsons to assist members who find it necessary to sue a client for non-payment, without the assistance (and costs) of a solicitor.
Download the Ready Reckoner which is intended for use by freelance journalists working from their own premises. It is based on a detailed comparison of the costs for employers of using staff journalists (employees).
The Authors' Licencing and Collecting Society (ALCS) is an organisation which collects money due to its members for secondary rights of their work, for example photocopying and repeat use via the internet. It also campaigns to ensure writers receive fair and adequate payment. Join ALCS. What we can do for you
Freelance industrial council (FIC)
Freelance Industrial Council members are elected from geographical constituencies, including continental Europe, so every freelance has a representative voice from their area.