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The Press and Journal, often called the P&J, is a daily regional newspaper serving the northern counties of Scotlandmarker including the cities of Aberdeenmarker and Invernessmarker. Established in 1748 as the Aberdeen Journal, it is Scotland's oldest daily newspaper.

The newspaper is occasionally criticised for its regional perspective on global events—an urban legend claims that the headline on 15 April 1912 about the Titanicmarker disaster was "Aberdeenshire Man Drowned At Sea" — however the paper defends this stance, occasionally running "proud to be local" advertisements. It is sometimes nicknamed the Parochial and Journal for its local news focus. Just one week after the events of September 11, 2001 the paper's World News section totalled just a single half page.

The head office of the paper is located in Mastrickmarker, Aberdeenmarker, and employs almost 1,000 staff locally and at branch offices throughout the North of Scotland. The current editor of the newspaper is Derek Tucker.

The paper, along with the Evening Express is published by Aberdeen Journals Ltd. It has a circulation of approximately 83,000 copies, making this the biggest read and best selling broadsheet newspaper in Scotland, ahead of the Herald and the Scotsman. Aberdeen Journals Ltd is now owned by the Dundee based D. C. Thomson media group, after being sold by the Daily Mail and General Trust in 2006.

The group operates its own printing presses. When not in use publishing The Press & Journal, Aberdeen Evening Express or the various free sheet newspapers owned and distributed by Aberdeen Journals Ltd., the presses are put to use producing the News of the World under contract. The 1989-90 Journals industrial action by employees, and the ferocity with which Aberdeen Journals reacted has been credited with the downfall of unionised workforces in Scottish journalism.

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  1. The Newspaper Society History of British Newspapers "1748 Aberdeen Journal began (Scotland's oldest newspaper - now the Press & Journal)."
  2. http://www.folklore.ee/FOAFtale/ftn61.htm#titanic
  3. Aberdeen - Press & Journal - All Editions (Mon-Sat) Standard Certificate of Circulation, 02-Jan-2006 to 02-Jul-2006 Audit Bureau of Circulations
  4. http://www.allmediascotland.com/ams/displayCOMMENTSreply.asp?ID=33



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