Cleveland State University Professor Bob Abelman received top honors in the 2011 Ohio Professional Writers, Inc. Communications competition for his articles about community and professional theater. He was a top award winner in last year's competition as well.
Winning first prize in the competition were his News-Herald reviews of last year's Cleveland Play House production of the one-man show "This Wonderful Life" and Dobama Theatre's productions of "Dead Man's Cell Phone."
Also receiving recognition in the Arts & Entertainment category was his News-Herald commentary on the state of arts journalism in America.
An additional first prize was awarded in the "Personality Profile" category for Abelman's Chagrin Valley Times article about professional actor Mitch McCarrell, who had the title role in the Great Lakes Theater Festival's production of "Bat Boy."
The annual competition rewards excellence in all facets of writing, from fiction to print and broadcast journalism, magazine writing and public relations. Contest winners will be honored at the Ohio Professional Writers Spring Meeting. First place winners will have their work entered in the national competition.
Ohio Professional Writers is a statewide network of corporate and freelance writers, editors, reporters, photographers, graphic designers, public relations and advertising practitioners, and webmasters. An affiliate of the National Federation of Press Women, the organization is dedicated to excellence in communication and to protecting First Amendment freedoms.
Abelman has been a faculty member at CSU since 1982 and is the recipient of a Distinguished Faculty award for his research on children and television. He has written for the Chagrin Valley Times since 2006 and the News-Herald since 2007, and his work is syndicated in the Solon Times, Geauga Times Courier and the Morning Journal papers. He currently teaches a media criticism course.
Founded in 1964, Cleveland State University is a public research institution that provides a dynamic setting for engaged learning. With an enrollment of more than 17,000 students, 8 colleges and approximately 200 academic programs, CSU was again chosen for 2011 as one of America's Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report.
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