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 events and conference
- career information and advice
- free newsletters and magazine
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"
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.