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Newspaper wins first place awards, sweeps category

Daily Corinthian staff writer Zack Steen won first place in magazine story for his Crossroads Magazine Health Edition feature story on Holden Nickels, a Corinth boy living with Type 1 diabetes among other conditions.

Staff reports

The Daily Corinthian took home several accolades in the annual state newspaper awards including a first time ever sweep of the lede category and a first-place for magazine story.

The opening sentence or paragraph of a news story called the lede summarizes the most important aspects of the story and sometimes gives the reader a chuckle.

Two Daily Corinthian staff writers scored big with judges in the lede category at the Mississippi Press Association Better Newspaper Awards held June 22 in Biloxi.

Staff writer Zack Steen placed first among all daily newspapers in Mississippi in the lede category.

It was his first sentence from the "'Urine Trouble' passes first test" story that appeared in January 2018 that caught the attention of judges. The winning lede was: "For those who have purchased fake urine in the past, "ur-in" trouble."

Veteran staff writer Jebb Johnston helped the newspaper sweep the lede category in the state competition. His March 2018 story, "Corinth's only strip club shuts down" won second-place with the lede: "The poles are closed."

Johnston picked up third place as well with September 2018's "Corinth aldermen consider complaints about chickens." That story's lede was: "Corinth officials say a man who is housing chickens and quail in his back yard has run afoul of the city code."

The newspaper's other first-place prize was awarded to Steen for his Crossroads Magazine Health Edition feature story on Holden Nickels, a Corinth boy living with Type 1 diabetes among other conditions.

The story "" "Nine-year-old's health issues don't keep him down" "" was a favorite among judges. One judge said, "What an amazing young man. Great story on his challenges and how he overcomes them at such a young age. At the end of the story, I felt like I knew him a little bit."

Jonesboro Sun and Daily Corinthian Publisher Reece Terry said he's proud of his news staff in Corinth.

"These awards help recognize their commitment to providing quality journalism to the Crossroads area," he said. "We are extremely proud of their efforts."

Other winners include a staff award for the newspaper's quarterly publication "" Crossroads Magazine. The product placed second in the magazine periodical category.

Former staff writer L.A. Story placed second with the business news story "End of a Era." The September 2018 story was about iconic Martha's Menu shutting their doors for good.

Johnston also took the second place spot in feature story with his October 2018 story "Hunt investigates mysteries at the Crossroads Museum" "" a detailed follow-up from a first ever public paranormal event held at the Corinth Depot.

Daily Corinthian part-time staffer and Banner-Independent Editor Brant Sappington picked up a third place award in planned series for his "Local People Helping Others" series of Sunday stories that published for several months last summer.