The NUJ provides the following services:
- Legal advice and support
- Training and training advice
- Insurance advice
- Representation in chapel, branch, industrial
sector, national and international forums.
The NUJ organisation within a newspaper, magazine or broadcasting office is
known as a "chapel". Freelances who regularly work there
can join in chapel activities. There are also active Freelance Branches in
London, Dublin, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Cardiff.
Members who are engaged in news-gathering get an NUJ Press Card.
You can get a form to apply for the Press Card after you have been accepted
into the NUJ. For reasons beyond the NUJ's control, it can take a couple of weeks
after that to get the card. So best apply now...
Who can join?
Full membership is open to those who make half of their income
from the above kinds of work - whether they are on staff or freelance.
The NUJ also offers reduced-rate Temporary Membership for those working to
establish themselves as full-time journalists. Details and form are here.
Students on journalism courses can also get special reduced-rate membership.
Your course should provide details - or send email to the Membership Department including your postal address.
To apply for full membership, please print off the Membership Application Form
and return it by post, remembering to include the evidence of work requested.
Sorry, you cannot fax the form. The banks require a real signature in ink for
Direct Debit mandates.