Join the National Union of Journalists
The National Union of Journalists is the world's largest journalists' union, with over 30,000 members in England, Scotland, Wales, and Ireland.
Reasons to join the NUJ
Equality: We fight discrimination in the workplace
Legal support: We win damages for hundreds of members each year
Press freedom: We defend threats to press freedom
Ethics: We have a code of conduct and campaign for media plurality
Training: We can help your career progression
Who can join?
Members include those who make most of their income from journalism and work mostly for outlets in the UK and Ireland, wherever they are based - the union has active branches in Brussels and Paris.
Members do all kinds of journalism, not just reporting. They include: Book editors Book writers Broadcasters Cartoonists Crossword compilers DTP operators Designers Feature writers HTML editors and designers Illustrators Photographers Picture researchers Public Relations workers Reporters Researchers Script writers Sub-editors/editors Trainers Translators
What will it cost?
No member should pay more than 1 per cent of their gross taxable income in NUJ contributions, subject to a minimum rate of £10 / €11.50 a month (in 2017). Above that, subs are income-related: see here for current details.
How do I join?
Or if you are trying to establish or re-establish yourself as a full-time journalist, yet do not yet earn half of your income from freelance journalism and don't have another full-time job, you can apply online to join the NUJ as a temporary freelance member. This costs £60 / €69 for the first year (in 2017).