UK journalist associations, unions and groups supporting the media
By Phoebe-Jane Boyd
21 Aug 2020
Declining sales for print, closing publications,
furlough and shrinking editorial teams – it’s a difficult time to work in the
media. Whether staffer or freelancer, the following associations, unions and
support groups are doing their part to highlight issues happening across the
profession and support those working within it.
NUJ – National Union of Journalists
Welcomes: Staffers and freelancers in broadcasting, national and
regional newspapers, magazines, books, public relations, photographers and
When it was founded: 1907.
What are the benefits of joining: NUJ
Extra, its registered charity, helps members and their dependents in times of
need and the union provides legal support and training. NUJ also works to
defend press freedom and ensure the health and safety of journalists while they
Welcomes: Anyone employed in the field of journalism.
When it was founded: CIoJ was founded
(originally as the National Association of Journalists) in 1884.
What are the benefits of joining: The
Institute is both a professional society and a trade union that protects its
members in the workplace and campaigns for better conditions. Its professional
side deals with ethics and standards in the media and protects journalistic
Welcomes: Foreign correspondents across all media –
print, news agencies, broadcast and digital.
When it was founded: FPA counts itself as the first
and oldest association of foreign journalists in the world and was founded in
What are the benefits of joining: FPA is the only
association that can provide foreign journalists with access to parliament and
holds government, city and royal events throughout the year. A weekly bulletin
with news for members is sent out every Friday.
What are the benefits of joining: The society
promotes opportunities for women to ‘write and be heard’, no matter their race,
religion or geographic location – members receive in-house magazine The
Journal, a newsletter with news and activities, a SWWJ press card and invites
Welcomes: Staff and freelance contributors to
television, radio, national, regional and specialist newspapers and periodicals
as well as digital media.
When it was founded: 1962.
What are the benefits of joining: The AEJ supports
press freedom, fact-based reporting and commentary free of political, religious
and commercial bias – membership grants advance notice of upcoming events and
lunchtime briefings and access to seminars and press events.
Welcomes: Journalists, and their dependents, who are going
through difficult times.
When it was founded: In 1864[JO2]
(by Charles Dickens, no less)
What are the benefits of joining: Committed to offering
help and guidance to journalists across all ages and backgrounds, the
association can provide access to confidential advice, emergency support and
financial assistance. Career development opportunities are also offered in networking
events and its awards for those demonstrating outstanding contributions to