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Iona M.J. MacDonald


Trainee Community Reporter

Iona MacDonald is a trainee community reporter. She joined Highland News and Media in 2022. Iona is part of the Community News Project funded by Meta and receiving NCTJ training through Glasgow Clyde College.

Iona M.J. MacDonald

Local family holds fundraiser after toddler survives brush with death

04 August 2022
Local family holds fundraiser after toddler survives brush with death

Local family holds fundraiser after toddler survives brush with death

04 August 2022

A Lochbroom toddler who survived E.Coli has inspired his parents to hold a fundraiser this weekend in honour of those who saved his life.


Crime author to visit Ullapool Bookshop

03 August 2022
Crime author to visit Ullapool Bookshop

Crime author to visit Ullapool Bookshop

03 August 2022

Scottish crime writer GR Halliday will visit the bookshop next week to meet customers and sign copies of his best-selling novels set in the Highlands.


HMRC reminds married couples to sign up for Marriage Allowance

03 August 2022
HMRC reminds married couples to sign up for Marriage Allowance

HMRC reminds married couples to sign up for Marriage Allowance

03 August 2022

At the height of the wedding season, HM Revenue and Customs is reminding married couples and civil partnerships to sign up for Marriage Allowance.


NHS 24 advice on treating bites and stings this summer

02 August 2022
NHS 24 advice on treating bites and stings this summer

NHS 24 advice on treating bites and stings this summer

02 August 2022

NHS 24 offers advice on how to treat bites and stings, while enjoying the outdoors this summer.


The Cult Cafe in Ullapool shortlisted for Good Food Award

31 July 2022
The Cult Cafe in Ullapool shortlisted for Good Food Award

The Cult Cafe in Ullapool shortlisted for Good Food Award

31 July 2022

New Zealand style café The Cult has been shortlisted for the Good Food Awards, with voting closing on August 22.


Action to build on forestry success story

31 July 2022
Action to build on forestry success story

Action to build on forestry success story

31 July 2022

A new forestry plan has been published by the Scottish Government as it seeks to ensure woods benefit communities, the environment and the economy.


Local teenage musician Mackenzie releases new album titled Mix 11

29 July 2022
Local teenage musician Mackenzie releases new album titled Mix 11

Local teenage musician Mackenzie releases new album titled Mix 11

29 July 2022

Eighteen year old local musician, Leah Cunningham – known by 'Mackenzie' as her stage name, dropped her new album this month titled 'Mix 11'.


Leckmelm woman to compete for Scotland at Commonwealth Games

26 July 2022
Leckmelm woman to compete for Scotland at Commonwealth Games

Leckmelm woman to compete for Scotland at Commonwealth Games

26 July 2022

Judo athlete ready to compete next weekend.


Firm gets in tune for festival

21 July 2022
Firm gets in tune for festival

Firm gets in tune for festival

21 July 2022

D and E Coaches has hit a high note with a three-year deal to provide a shuttle service between Inverness and Belladrum’s Tartan Heart Festival.


HIE recruitment drive to attract new talent to team

21 July 2022
HIE recruitment drive to attract new talent to team

HIE recruitment drive to attract new talent to team

21 July 2022

The Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) is looking for school leavers and recent graduates who want to make a difference.


'Not the end of the line' says Stone as ScotRail restore timetable

19 July 2022
'Not the end of the line' says Stone as ScotRail restore timetable

'Not the end of the line' says Stone as ScotRail restore timetable

19 July 2022

Jamie Stone, MP for Easter Ross, has welcomed news that ScotRail is set to restore its full summer timetable from tomorrow.


WATCH: Plockton students learn traditional boat-making skills

19 July 2022
WATCH: Plockton students learn traditional boat-making skills

WATCH: Plockton students learn traditional boat-making skills

19 July 2022

Plockton High School Students learn traditional boat-making skills with professionals in the Am Bàta collaborative project.


New exhibition From the Seahouse set for unveiling at Rhue Art Gallery near Ullapool

17 July 2022
New exhibition From the Seahouse set for unveiling at Rhue Art Gallery near Ullapool

New exhibition From the Seahouse set for unveiling at Rhue Art Gallery near Ullapool

17 July 2022

An artist who spent four winters living, writing, and photographing from a small Scottish beach is set to unveil a special exhibition in Wester Ross.


Budding naturalists invited to Lily Loch in Muir of Ord

14 July 2022
Budding naturalists invited to Lily Loch in Muir of Ord

Budding naturalists invited to Lily Loch in Muir of Ord

14 July 2022

A Muir of Ord event aims to attract naturalists keen to help identify species around a loch.


Wester Ross students reimagine classic story in their short film

12 July 2022
Wester Ross students reimagine classic story in their short film

Wester Ross students reimagine classic story in their short film

12 July 2022

Ullapool students create an eccentric and vibrant retelling of Alice in Wonderland: "Alice and the Hat".


Author 'a tad overwhelmed' ahead of Wester Ross book signing

12 July 2022
Author 'a tad overwhelmed' ahead of Wester Ross book signing

Author 'a tad overwhelmed' ahead of Wester Ross book signing

12 July 2022

An author drawing on memories of a geology field trip to Wester Ross is feeling 'amazed and a tad overwhelmed' ahead of a book signing and talk.


New reporter to enhance news in north–west Highlands

08 July 2022
New reporter to enhance news in north–west Highlands

New reporter to enhance news in north–west Highlands

08 July 2022

A new trainee reporter is ready to enhance the news offering in the north-west Highlands after being employed by Highland News and Media.


Ullapool ladies on top of the world with skiff win

05 July 2022
Ullapool ladies on top of the world with skiff win

Ullapool ladies on top of the world with skiff win

05 July 2022

Young women from Ullapool win gold in the Under 19 Women's category at the World Championships, held last week in Kortgene, Netherlands.


Island artist explores the life stories of her subjects as she paints them in new TV series

04 July 2022
Island artist explores the life stories of her subjects as she paints them in new TV series

Island artist explores the life stories of her subjects as she paints them in new TV series

04 July 2022

Islay artist Heather Dewar returns for a fifth series of Dealbhan Fraoich on BBC ALBA, painting the people she meets.


'Thairis Faclan' art exhibition launches in Ullapool

02 July 2022
'Thairis Faclan' art exhibition launches in Ullapool

'Thairis Faclan' art exhibition launches in Ullapool

02 July 2022

The Ullapool exhibition explores the connection between art and words.


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