The British Association of Journalists (BAJ) is the union of choice for newspaper journalists, photographers, writers and the many varied roles associated with journalism.


Membership is open to those who earn an income from being part of an editorial workflow process, encompassing reporters, hyperlocal editors, photographers, writers, sub-editors, page layout artists, and news broadcasters to name just a few.

Benefits of membership include access to specialist legal advice on employment and copyright law, together with legal and financial helplines.

The BAJ is proud to be a gatekeeper for the ‘UK Press Card’ scheme. Press Cards are available to members who need to identify themselves as working journalists on assignment.*

We believe that the BAJ is the best value for money union for journalists and have built a reputation for being responsive, caring and professional with a determination to ensure that our member’s rights and individual needs are protected in our ever-changing and evolving industry.

We are more than just a union. We are a union of ideals.

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Please note that ‘UK Press Cards’ are issued subject to meeting the criteria laid down by the UK Press Card Authority.