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.
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.