London Freelance Branch
London Freelance Branch is the National Union of Journalists' largest grouping, with more than 3500 members. Its members work as freelances - not just reporters and photographers, but sub-editors, designers, and all other kinds of journalist. Some are between staff jobs, and many others join the Branch to organise alongside colleagues who want to be freelance.
Branch members meet monthly to discuss issues of importance to freelance journalists and to hear speakers on matters ranging from how to work well from home through tax-efficient accounting to promoting Freedom of Information.
The Branch also holds meetings four times a year for members who are new to the NUJ or new to freelancing. These offer a chance to get acquainted with other new members and to meet members of the LFB Committee, including some more experienced freelance journalists who can offer informal advice. Please see the meetings calendar for dates and details.
From time to time the Branch organises special events, such as one on precarious work; and Freelance Salons, such as one on diversification and new ways to make journalism pay.
The Branch publishes the Freelance magazine six times a year on paper, with constant updates online. The Freelance editors also produce the "Rate for the Job" service, letting freelances know what clients are actually paying. From this open market survey the NUJ produces the Freelance Fees Guide.
The Branch also organises training courses.
Members can present their photographs and illustrations in the London Freelance Gallery - in memory of Dave Rotchelle. Those whose words or images appear in books can publicise them on the London Freelance Bookshelf.
Members often turn to the Branch Committee for advice and support, when they need to talk to someone who actually works as a freelance. Committee members are working journalists, not paid union officials, donating some time to help fellow-journalists in various ways, within the Branch rules.
The union's officers and staff can often provide members with more immediate help on general matters.