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BAJ membership is open to those who earn the majority of their 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 sample of the roles we support.

Membership has two categories;

(National – £16.00 monthly) – Members working for national media.

(Freelance – £11.50 monthly) – Members working for local media, including freelance contributors and internet-based media.

Monthly membership fees are collected via a rolling Direct Debit mandate with your bank.*


We recommend that you use a computer and not a mobile phone to complete the application process, as you will be required to upload documents and encounter redirections that some mobile phone browsers may be unable to process. 

New membership requests are subject to a joining fee of £15.00 paid through PayPal as part of the first steps of the online membership application process. You do not need to have a PayPal account to complete the payment – Select the Pay by Debit or Credit Card button.

Once payment is complete, you will automatically be transferred to the next application step from PayPal. — DO NOT CLOSE YOUR WEB BROWSER OR NAVIGATE AWAY FROM THE PAGE — 

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* Failed Direct Debit payments will result in the cancellation of membership and all services without notification. If you hold a UK Press Card, it will become void and notified to the police and other public bodies who accept the UK Press Card as accreditation. You must return your Press Card to the BAJ upon request.