Leaders of the National Union of Journalists have warned members that subscriptions will have rise to address a financial crisis facing the union.
Last week it emerged that the union needs to cut costs by £400,000, equivalent to the loss of nine of its 47 staff.
It sent an email to all members earlier this week spelling out a series of measures to counter the impact of the recession in the media industry.
They include a 5pc increase in subscriptions, equivalent to an annual rise of between £7.80 and £13.50.
General secretary Michelle Stanistreet said: “This is not the first time the NUJ has had to take decisive action to deal with financial difficulties. Previous solutions to falling income, resulting from a fall in employment in our industries, have sustained us until now.
“But we are conscious that if we are to plan responsibly for the future of the union, and the members whom we serve, we need a comprehensive strategy which involves managing expenditure and practising good housekeeping while continuing to provide the service to NUJ members which they are entitled to expect.”