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BAJ ethos

Journalists are the watchdogs of the public. We do a superb job spreading truth and knowledge, defending justice, democracy and fair play, exposing wrong-doing and seeking to make the world a better place.

But who watches out for journalists? The British Association of Journalists does. The BAJ exists to provide excellence in trade union representation and legal advocacy. It is ever vigilant in promoting and protecting the interests of staff, freelance journalists and photographers.

An injury to one is an injury to all. Journalists should stick together to help themselves and each other. The place to do so is in the BAJ.

Join the BAJ to be part of a moderate and resolute union which seeks a rapport with employers for the common good. Together, we can achieve higher professional standards and a fairer distribution of the wealth of journalism.

Steve Turner, Founder and Life President

• Click here to read the full list of BAJ aims

UK Press Cards

The BAJ is a member of the UK Press Card Authority and is authorised to issue UK Press Cards. BAJ members can apply for a card by clicking here to request an application form by email or by calling the office on 020 7353 3003. UK Press Cards are FREE to members who need to identify themselves in public on assignments. The cards are recognised by all UK Police Forces.


BAJ benefits

24 hour legal helpline
A team of barristers to handle employment problems
Copyright solicitor
£50,000 legal expenses insurance for personal injury matters
Tax helpline
UK Press Card fee included in monthly subs
Cheaper subs than other unions
Free membership for students

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For a PDF about the aims of the union and the benefits of membership, click here. The document also contains a membership form.

Student Membership

Membership of the BAJ for students is free. For a membership form, click here

Contact the BAJ

To email the BAJ office, click here


Our membership forms are PDF files. Most computers open PDF documents automatically, but you may need to download Adobe Acrobat Reader.
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BAJ News

To read a recent issue of BAJ News, our quarterly newsletter, click here (PDF format). Other issues of BAJ News, including the latest issue, are available via our members only archive

Members of the National Executive Committee

Click here to find out more about the members of the BAJ's NEC

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