National Union of Journalists



The National Union of Journalists (NUJ) is a
trade union A trade union (labor union in American English), often simply referred to as a union, is an organization of workers intent on "maintaining or improving the conditions of their employment", ch. I such as attaining better wages and benefits ...
for journalists in the
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. It was founded in 1907 and has 38,000 members. It is a member of the
International Federation of Journalists The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) is the largest global union federation of journalists' trade unions in the world. It represents more than 600,000 media workers from 187 organisations in 146 countries. The IFJ is an associate ...


There is a range of national councils below the NEC, covering different sections and areas of activity. There is an industrial council for each of the NUJ's "industrial" sectors –
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and Agencies,
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, Broadcasting,
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and Press and PR. There are also national Executive Councils, covering all sectors, for Ireland and Scotland. The Irish Executive Council, which has a higher degree of autonomy, covers
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as well as the Republic. The union's structure is democratic and its supreme decision-making body is its Delegate Meeting, a gathering of elected delegates from all branches across the UK, Ireland and Europe. Between meetings, decisions lie with the NUJ's National Executive Council, a committee of 27 people, elected annually by members. The NEC is chaired by a President, elected, along with a Vice-President and Treasurer, at the Annual Delegate Meeting. The General Secretary (GS) is elected every five years by a national ballot of all members. The current GS is
Michelle Stanistreet Michelle Stanistreet (born 1974) is an English trade unionist and journalist, now General Secretary of the National Union of Journalists (NUJ). She is the first woman to hold the post her post at the NUJ – she was previously deputy secretary.NU ...
. The General Secretary is responsible for the day-to-day running of the union and directing its staff. However, important decisions such as authorising industrial action must be taken by the NEC.


General Secretaries

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Presidents of the NUJ:


The NUJ publishes a magazine called ''The Journalist''.

See also

Journalism Journalism is the production and distribution of reports on the interaction of events, facts, ideas, and people that are the "news of the day" and that informs society to at least some degree. The word, a noun, applies to the occupation (profes ...
Trade union A trade union (labor union in American English), often simply referred to as a union, is an organization of workers intent on "maintaining or improving the conditions of their employment", ch. I such as attaining better wages and benefits ...


External links

National Union of Journalists websiteCatalogue of the NUJ archives
held at the Modern Records Centre, University of Warwick {{Authority control Trade unions in the United Kingdom International Federation of Journalists 1907 establishments in the United Kingdom Organisations based in the London Borough of Camden Organizations established in 1907 United Kingdom journalism organisations Irish journalism Journalists' trade unions Trade unions based in London Trade unions affiliated with the Trades Union Congress