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Three dailies run print specials with US election on a ‘knife-edge’

Three sister dailies ran special editions this morning with the American election poised on a “knife-edge”.

Aberdeen dailies the Evening Express and Press & Journal ran the early editions this morning, along with their DC Thomson sister daily the Dundee Courier.

A team of eight journalists worked remotely through the night to provide digital and print coverage for the titles, with the race for the White House hanging in the balance.

Frank O’Donnell, the Aberdeen titles’ editor in chief, explained why the company decided to run the election specials.


He told HTFP: “It’s probably not a straightforward decision anymore as to whether we do print editions, but we felt there was quite a lot of interest in the US election here and it was something we could do to ensure our coverage was as up to date as possible.

“There’s a lot of interest with Donald Trump’s business interests in the North-East and the link to Scotland with his mother.

“Obviously things have worked out as many predicted in that we don’t have a straightforward result.”


Frank went on to note there was a “newsroom camaraderie element” behind the decision to cover the fight between Mr Trump and Joe Biden.

He added: “People do quite like doing through-the-night coverage.

“People enjoy the fact there’s online coverage to do through the night because many of those working would have been staying up to watch it anyway.”

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