As one of the UK’s longest-established news outlets, we champion openness, honesty and accountability – and they are values that we apply to ourselves as well as to others.
On this page you will find full details about who we are and what we do, the standards we adhere to, how to get in touch with us and much else besides.
We think it should answer all your questions but please do not hesitate to let us know if there is any useful information you think is missing.
The Press and Journal is one of the longest-established news outlets anywhere in the world, serving the people of the north and north-east of Scotland without interruption for nearly 275 years.
Over time the way we deliver the top stories to you, from seismic global developments to what’s happening right here on our doorsteps, has constantly evolved.
In 2021 we transformed our entire operation and expanded our reporting staff to make sure we are fully focused on delivering everything our audiences want.
We have revolutionised our digital storytelling while still ensuring a top-quality print product gets to tens of thousands of people far and wide every morning.
This willingness to adapt has proved successful: the P&J remains the UK’s biggest selling regional daily newspaper, we enjoy some of the highest levels of trust among media outlets and we are rapidly expanding our digital subscriber audience.
We are proud of that record but never rest on our laurels.
And through all this change, one basic aim remains at the heart of everything we do: to be your single most reliable, clear, trusted and comprehensive forum for facts, opinions and civilised debate about life in our part of Scotland and far beyond.
We aim to keep you informed, entertained, intrigued and involved, to make you laugh and cry, to fight for fairness and justice on your behalf and to reveal things as they really are.
Whether the news is good or bad, tragic or joyful, scandalous or inspiring, our dedicated teams will be there to bring it to you quickly and comprehensively.
We delve deep into the issues that matter to our communities, answer the burning questions on everyone’s minds help untangle the complex debates and provide the sort of information you need to make up your own mind about hot topics.
Our highly-trained journalists check the facts so that you don’t have to and we subject ourselves to the strict professional standards set down by the Independent Press Standards Organisation (Ipso) so that you know you can trust what you read.
Every story starts with you.
Good journalism is a conversation, not a lecture – and most often one started by someone like you calling us, sending a letter or an email or contacting us on social media. Never hesitate to get in touch – whether about breaking news, an injustice you think needs exposing, a campaign you would like us to run or to let us know about other features and content you would like to see us provide.
Only by listening to our readers can we be sure we are writing about the things that really matter to the people of the north and north-east.
Details of how to get in touch with the right teams can be found by clicking here.
We report “without fear of favour”. Our news coverage cannot be bought, not with money nor with influence. We are fiercely independent of any particular political party or philosophy.
That does not mean that we do not take a firm position on big issues.
Far from it. It means simply that we treat each one on its merits. When we feel strongly that something is right or wrong, we never hesitate to make that very clear and to act positively to promote or to change it.
Those decisions are not shaped by any outside influence except one: what we think is best for the people of the north and the north-east of Scotland. Our readers and the communities they are part of are the only group whose best interests we unashamedly seek to support and champion in everything we do.
Some Press and Journal online content is funded by outside parties. The revenue from this helps to sustain our independent news gathering. You will always know if you are reading paid-for material as it will be clearly labelled as “Partnership” on the site and on social media channels,
This can take two different forms.
“Presented by” means the content has been paid for and produced by the named advertiser.
“In partnership with” means the content has been paid for and approved by the named advertiser but written and edited by our own commercial content team.
To speak to us about paid-for content please email firstname.lastname@example.org
You can see some examples of our Partnership content here.
Staff right across our operation are highly trained and have a clear understanding of the importance placed on maintaining the highest ethical standards. We know our good reputation depends on it.
This includes careful checks that what we publish comes from reliable sources – named wherever possible – is accurate, responsible and fair.
That strong commitment is underpinned by adherence to the Editors’ Code laid down by the Independent Press Standards Organisation (Ipso), our regulator.
In a world where information is everywhere, the presence of the Ipso Mark on our publications is a signal that the contents are to be fully trusted.
We have a team dedicated to dealing with any questions, queries or issues you have with your subscription to our services.
They can be reached Monday to Friday 8am to 5pm on 0800 0294955 or by emailing email@example.com Please have your email address and subscription details available.
If you believe anything we publish does not meet our editorial standards, please let us know by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org. Make sure to include as many details as possible. Clear procedures for the reasonable and prompt handling of complaints are in place and we do not hesitate to make amends when we have made a mistake.
A record of the corrections and clarifications we make can be found here.
We aim always to resolve any disputes ourselves. Where that proves impossible, Ipso can make its own investigations. Details of that process are here.
Ipso produces a number of useful guides to common concerns about issues such as:
The full list can be found here
Our aim is to be a trusted, responsible and responsive ally to our readers and wider communities.
That is only possible if there is a regular dialogue between us and you.
At Aberdeen Journals we show our commitment to that principle by having a Readers’ Ombudsman, a senior member of the editorial staff whose role is to listen to your voices, answer your questions and explain the decisions we make and the methods we use.
The role is held by Assistant Editor Joe Churcher who can be contacted at email@example.com or by calling 01224 343423.
More details can be found here.
The letters pages of the print editions of our newspapers have long provided a healthy forum for readers to debate the issues of the day and provide different perspectives on the subjects we are covering elsewhere in the pages. That tradition has now been translated to the web too.
You can see some of the latest submissions here.
We welcome the widest possible spectrum of contributors and views and seek a debate that is vigorous without ever becoming abusive.
If you want to have your say please click below or email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
In order to have the best chance of seeing your letter published, please make sure it is:
- no more than 250 words (that is a maximum, not a recommended length);
- to the point and does not wander;
- factually accurate (express opinions but make clear that is what they are);
- not abusive;
- likely to make other readers think, laugh, cry or want to reply.
Letters may be edited for length, accuracy, taste and tone, will only be published anonymously in very exceptional circumstances and may appear in any of our publications. Full contact details must be supplied for verification purposes but only edited versions of these will be published.
Since 2006, Aberdeen Journals has been part of DC Thomson, one of the UK’s leading media organisations.
DC Thomson is an established family enterprise that has origins in the entrepreneurship of William Thomson in the early 19th century when the firm’s main business was in shipping.
During the mid-19th century, the Thomson family invested in publishing, taking an interest in the Dundee Courier and buying it in 1866.
At that stage there were two major publishing houses in Dundee, the other was run by Sir John Leng.
In 1905, the Thomson and Leng firms merged under the leadership of William Thomson’s son David Couper (D.C.) Thomson. DC Thomson bought Aberdeen Journals, the publishers of the Press and Journal and Evening Express, in 2006.
As well as the Press and Journal and Evening Express, it publishes The Courier, Evening Telegraph and The Sunday Post. As well as DC Thomson Media, DC Thomson Group includes global genealogy company Findmypast, leading IT business services provider Brightsolid, multimedia studio Beano Studios and magazine publishers Puzzler Media and The Stylist Group.
For more information visit www.dctmedia.co.uk