National Union of Journalists

National Union of Journalists
Founded 1907
Members 35,000
Key people Michelle Stanistreet, General Secretary
Seamus Dooley, Assistant General Secretary and Irish Secretary
Tim Dawson, President
Sian Jones, Vice President (job share)
Office location Gray's Inn Road,
London, WC1
Country United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland

The National Union of Journalists (NUJ) is a trade union for journalists in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland. It was founded in 1907[1] and has 38,000 members. It is a member of the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ).


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 – Newspapers and Agencies, Freelance, Magazine and Book, Broadcasting, New Media 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 Northern Ireland as well as the Republic.[2]

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.

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


Presidents of the NUJ from 1968 onwards:[5]

1968: Kenneth Holmes
1969: C. Kilmer
1970: C. Bland
1971: Douglas Rees
1972: Harold Pearson
1973: W. J. Bailey
1974: Ivan Peebles
1975: Ken Ashton
1975: Rosaline Kelly
1977: John Devine
1978: Denis Macshane
1979: Jacob Ecclestone
1980: Francis Beckett
1981: Harry Conroy
1982: Jonathan Hammond
1983: Eddie Barrett
1984: George Findlay
1985: Ray McGuigan
1986: Bob Keogh
1987: Lionel Morrison
1988: Barbara Gunnell and S. McGuire
1989: Paul McGill
1990: David Sinclair
1991: Chris Frost
1992: Jim Boumelha and R. Trevor
1993: John Toner
1994: Anita Halpin
1995: Kyran Connolly
1996: Jeremy Dear
1998: Mark Turnbull
1999: Christy Loftus
2000: Dave Toomer
2001: Rory MacLeod
2002: John Barsby
2003: George Macintyre
2004: Jim Corrigal
2005: Tim Lezard
2006: Chris Morley
2007: Michelle Stanistreet
2008: James Doherty
2009: Peter Murray
2011: Donnacha DeLong
2012: Barry McCall
2014: Andy Smith and Adam Christie
2016: Tim Dawson


The NUJ publishes a magazine called The Journalist.[6]

See also


  1. Tim Holmes; Liz Nice (10 November 2011). Magazine Journalism. SAGE Publications. p. 53. ISBN 978-1-4462-9203-7. Retrieved 26 November 2015.
  2. "NUJ - About Us".
  3. 1 2 ‘The editor should be absolutely independent, so long as he does not use his independence as a partisan ...’ The Journalist, November 2008
  4. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Tim Gopsill and Greg Neale, Journalists: 100 Years of the NUJ
  5. "List of former presidents". National Union of Journalists. Retrieved 24 January 2018.
  6. "Journalist". WorldCat. OCLC 5301989. Retrieved 21 February 2018.
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