October 7, 2008

R-J Writers Win National Recognition


Review-Journal music critic Jason Bracelin and feature writer Corey Levitan received national first-place awards in the 2008 Excellence-in-Feature-Writing Competition sponsored by the American Association of Sunday and Feature Editors.

Continuing a string of the national awards for Review-Journal feature writers that began in 2001, Bracelin received the award for arts & entertainment commentary, while Levitan garnered the top spot for feature specialty reporting in the category of newspapers with circulation between 75,001 and 175,000.

Previous Review-Journal winners include former music critic and current columnist Doug Elfman, restaurant critic Heidi Knapp Rinella and television columnist Christopher Lawrence. Over the years, the newspaper has received a total of seven awards from the American Association of Sunday and Feature Editors, six of them first-place honors.

Bracelin, who was recognized for his reviews of Josh Groban, Beyonce and Rush, has been pop music critic at the Review-Journal since 2006. A graduate of the University of Illinois, Bracelin began his career as an intern for Cleveland-based music magazine Alternative Press before later serving as a music writer for the Cleveland Free Times and music editor for the Cleveland Scene alternative weeklies. He has contributed to such music publications as Blender, Complex and Revolver, as well as numerous other weeklies. His stories have been featured on MTV and VH1, and he served as a panelist at the South By Southwest Music Conference in 2004.

Levitan writes the Fear and Loafing adventure series that explores unusual jobs and lifestyles in Las Vegas. He was honored by AASFE for his adventures as a day laborer, Porta Pottie cleaner and mist-sprayer at the then-topless Tao Beach at The Venetian. Levitan began writing adventure features in 2001 at the Daily Breeze in Torrance, Calif. He also has written freelance articles for Playboy magazine and the New York Post, and previously worked as a music writer. He attended State University of New York at Albany.

Bracelin and Levitan will each receive a cash prize of $500. The awards will be presented later this month during the annual AASFE convention in Houston.

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