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NUJ students

The NUJ is an independent trade union and has represented journalists throughout the media industry in the UK and Ireland for more than 100 years.

The union is a democratic, member-led, grass-roots organisation and NUJ members shape union priorities and policies.

The NUJ speaks on behalf of more than 30,000 members, including students and people who work throughout the industry – as freelances, casuals and staff in newspapers, news agencies, magazines, online, book publishing, public relations, and photographers.

Anyone over 16 and in higher or further education can become a student member of the NUJ – as long as you are studying journalism or a related subject; or involved in student media.

Student associate membership is £30 / €34.50 for the duration of the course.

NUJ and NUS student media guide 2015
NUJ and NUS student
media guide 2015

Join the NUJ as a student member today.

Some of the benefits of being an NUJ member include:

  • NUJ Student press card  
  • membership of your local NUJ branch  
  • networking conferences and events
  • career information and advice
  • free newsletters and magazine  
  • access to the NUJ mentor scheme
  • opportunities to get involved in union activity

Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ general secretary, said:

"Your NUJ card is a vital passport to your career in the media. Starting out in journalism can be tough, the competition is fierce - employers are quick to exploit new journalists. You need to protect your interests at work by joining the NUJ"

The union fights for:

  • Employment rights: the NUJ campaigns to make members aware of their rights – and how to use them
  • Better pay and conditions: unionised workplaces have better wages and holidays
  • Ethical journalism: the union's ethical framework is set out in our code of conduct. We campaign for quality journalism, independent regulation and media plurality
  • Equality: the NUJ challenges all forms of inequality and discrimination at work and we want journalists to have a decent work/life balance
  • Fight for our BBC: we support public service broadcasting and campaign against cuts
  • Interns: we have helped people who have worked for little or no money get the national minimum wage
  • Training: the union provides professional and trade union training for all NUJ members

NUJ student membership ceases after your course ends but, if you have been a student member, you can get a 50 per cent discount on NUJ temporary membership or a 25 per cent discount on your membership fees if, once you have finished your studies, you are employed as a full-time journalist.

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