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Editor says daily ‘in excellent shape’ after 275 years in print

An editor says his regional daily “faces the future in excellent shape” after celebrating 275 years in print.

Aberdeen-based daily the Press & Journal has marked the milestone by publishing a souvenir reprint of its first edition from 1748.

To celebrate the occasion, the P&J has also produced a promotional video featuring its journalists and reiterating its commitment to serving the North and North-East of Scotland.

In an editorial, editor-in-chief Frank O’Donnell highlighted the paper’s digital transformation.

How the Press & Journal marked the anniversary

How the Press & Journal marked the anniversary

He wrote: “While we continue to focus on local news and views, we bring them to life in new ways such as inspirational documentaries, award-winning, engaging podcasts and interactive in-depth explorations of the issues most relevant to readers’ day-to-day lives.

“So as we mark The Press and Journal’s 275th anniversary, we face the future in excellent shape, not just as Scotland’s Newspaper of the Year and the best-selling regional daily in the UK, but with a rapidly expanding audience of digital subscribers too.

“We are proud of those achievements but never rest on our laurels. In 1748, The P&J pledged its loyalty to the people and communities of our regions and promised to tell their stories fairly and accurately – a promise we stand by today

“Our reputation is founded in our honesty and reliability, a trust built over centuries that what we publish can be relied on without the need for fact-checking. It is a position of privilege and responsibility that you should know we carefully guard and never take lightly.”