Cheesiest April 1 Front Page Award goes to…

The Florence (Ala.) Times Daily has UFOs, the Loch Ness monster and Godzilla in one centerpiece A1 photo.

* UFOs, Nessie seen near Shoals (timesdaily.com)

“This is the first time we’ve done something like this, and I’ve been here 25 years,” says Bernie Delinski, who wrote the gag story. He tells us that colleague Jim Hannon was playing around with Photoshop last week and created this photo-illustration as a joke. Someone on the staff suggested the paper run it for April Fools’ Day, and Delinski was assigned to do the story.

“At first I was a little bit worried” about fooling readers, “but then I had fun with it. We wanted to make sure that everyone knew instantly that it was a gag, so we made it over the top.” (Mission accomplished, Bernie!)

Reader feedback today has been “good-natured,” says the 48-year-old newsman.

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