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Past articles by Joshua:

Changemakers: Unpacking the answer to book poverty

Dee-Dee Crosher learned that one in eight kids live in book poverty, not owning a single book. In the face of adversity, she set out to change that → Read More

A million more adults living with parents than 10 years ago

More than a quarter of young adults aged 20-34 are still living with their parents as rental costs and house prices soar. → Read More

Inequality gap growing as top 1% of taxpayers are concentrated in London

Findings reveal the top 1% of income tax payers are disproportionately male, middle-aged and London-based. → Read More

"Exams results not the end of the world": What options are open to pupils?

More than 130,000 school pupils across Scotland are considering their futures today after receiving their exam results. → Read More

Adverts which show 'harmful gender stereotypes' are now banned

The new regulations mean advertisers must move away from ideas like a man unable to change a nappy or a woman unable to park a car. → Read More

Ethical investment to fund warehouse conversion to create social housing

Figures from housing charity Shelter show more than a million families and households are in line for social housing across England. → Read More

'Families split up because care system is based on resource not love'

A charity says young people are fighting for their rights to see brothers and sisters, stay in the same home for longer and be heard in the legal process. → Read More

Knock Knock: Tackling 'Death Knocks' As A Reporter

A death knock can be one of the most difficult tasks a reporter can face – but also one of the most important. Joshua King explains how to make an approach. → Read More

An app is encouraging small acts of kindness at Edinburgh Festival

Deedit will track small good deeds and show they contribute to wider social change → Read More

Councillor could face standards commission over tirade about MSP's address to pupils

An SNP councillor could face a watchdog inquiry over a public tirade claiming a senior Conservative told school pupils immigration was to blame for pressure on the school system. West Garioch councillor Victoria Harper posted the rant on social media after pupils from the Gordon Schools, including her son, returned from a tour of Holyrood. […] → Read More

Bench to commemorate late Press and Journal farming editor and his father unveiled

The family of the late Press and Journal farming editor Joe Watson has unveiled a bench to commemorate him and his father. Mr Watson, who died in 2014, was for many years the paper’s highly respected agriculture chief. Outside of his work, Mr Watson spearheaded a campaign to tidy up Turriff’s cemetery where his father […] → Read More

Public meeting called for community to decide future of former RAF pitches

A public meeting has been organised to decide the future of a disused RAF sports pavilion and pitch after dozens of local residents backed a scheme to refurbish them. Boddam community council is currently investigating how to make better use of the former RAF sports facilities in the Buchan village. As it stands, the Boddam […] → Read More

‘My children face racist abuse after north-east move’

A mum has claimed there is an “undercurrent of racism” in the north-east after her two children were racially abused just days after starting their new school. Cody Edene, a “born and bred Aberdonian”, has moved back to Aberdeenshire after living in Saudi Arabia and Malaysia with her young family. She is now living in […] → Read More

Councillors again asked to throw out plans to expand village at former hospital

Councillors in Banffshire have once again been asked to throw out proposals to expand a housing development on the site of a former hospital. The developer behind the Ladysbridge Village project, at a site which was previously occupied by Boyndie’s Ladysbridge Hospital, has lodged plans to build a further 15 homes. If granted planning permission, […] → Read More

Councillors asked to consider road safety measures in village at site of fatal collision

North-east councillors have been asked to consider implementing safety improvements on a village road where an eight-year-old boy was killed. Iain Sturrock was knocked down and killed by a white van on Portsoy’s Seafield Street three years ago. His death was a catalyst for an outpouring of grief from locals and sparked calls to improve […] → Read More

Driver killed in flooding had been visiting family

A 23-year-old who died after his car was swept away during heavy flooding was visiting relatives when the tragedy happened. Police yesterday named Michael Atkinson as the victim of Wednesday afternoon’s incident. It is understood the Banff man was attempting to cross the usually shallow burn not far from the old station house at Tillynaught […] → Read More

Council concedes harbour collapse has set back Banff’s regeneration plan

Council chiefs have admitted the collapse of a historic north-east pier, while engineers were working to strengthen the jetty, has left regeneration efforts high and dry. In a new report, Aberdeenshire Council’s regeneration boss, Christine Webster said that, while efforts to boost the economies of Macduff and Fraserburgh were succeeding, Banff projects had been affected […] → Read More

Firms throw their weight behind ambitious scheme to overhaul north-east's biggest town

A host of new businesses have thrown their weight behind a £500,000 scheme to revamp the heart of the north-east’s biggest town. Rediscover Peterhead is a business improvement district (Bid) project, proposing an overhaul of the port’s shopping district with CCTV protection and free wi-fi for visitors. VIDEO: ‘Why I am voting yes for Peterhead […] → Read More

Boy, 14, charged over 'school knife' incident

A teenage boy has been charged by police after allegedly carrying a knife outside one of the north-east’s busiest secondary schools. The incident happened near Peterhead Academy around lunchtime yesterday. No one was injured, but a passing parent raised the alarm and reported the 14-year-old boy to police and the school. It is understood the […] → Read More

Community group angry over state of overgrown abandoned care home

A north-east community group has hit out at the state of an abandoned care home which closed its doors two years ago. Turriff community council has raised concerns about the home in the town’s Woodlands Crescent becoming an eyesore. These pictures show the undergrowth which is now obscuring the derelict nursing home from view. Mike […] → Read More