Daily Journal picks up 25 AP prizes

By NEMS Daily Journal

JACKSON – Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal staff members won 25 awards, including 10 first-place prizes, in this year’s Mississippi-Louisiana Associated Press Managing Editors contest.
The awards were presented Friday during the group’s annual meeting. Winning top honors in the writing categories were:
- Features Editor Leslie Criss, for personal columns.
- Business Editor Dennis Seid, Business writer Carlie Kollath, staff writer Emily LeCoz and senior writer Patsy Brumfield, for continuing coverage of the Stanford Financial Group scandal.
- LeCoz and staff writer Danza Johnson, in the interpretive category, for their stories on diversity in the Tupelo Police Department.
- Sports Writer Brad Locke, for his sports columns.
Other first-place winners were:
- Chief Photographer Thomas Wells, for general news and sports features photos.
- Staff Photographer C. Todd Sherman, in the feature photo and personality portrait categories.
- Sports Editor John Pitts, for headline writing.
- Copy Desk Chief Scott Burden, for illustration photo.
The staff also won 15 second- and third-place awards. Winners of those awards were Wells (graphics, sports action, spot news, feature and multi-picture photos); Sherman (sports feature photo, illustration photo, multipicture photo); Seid (business story); Locke (sports feature); Kollath (lifestyle) photographer Deste Lee (spot news and sports action photos); Food, Home and Garden Editor Ginna Parsons (general feature); and Religion Editor Galen Holley (lifestyle).
During the group’s business meeting, Daily Journal Managing Editor Michael Tonos was elected its president for 2010-11.