The San Fernando Valley Business Journal on Wednesday won the Gold award for Best Newspaper in a national contest of business journals and other local business publications.

It is the fourth time in the last five years the Business Journal has won the top award from the Alliance of Area Business Publishers. The Business Journal competes in the small tabloid category.


The Business Journal also won the Gold award for Best Overall Design. It is the fifth time in the last seven years it has won that honor.


Finally, Publisher Charles Crumpley won a Gold award for Best Bylined Commentary for his column titled “One More Thing.” It the fourth time in the last five years he won the Gold award.


The alliance is a trade group of business journals and magazines and other local or state business news publications. Judges in the annual contest are journalism professors at the University of Missouri. Like the Olympics, awards are given in gold, silver and bronze.


In the Best Newspaper award, judges said this: “An excellent publication from the front page to the final words by the editor. Headlines are creative and pull the reader into stories. … The breadth and depth of reporting is impressive.”


In the Best Overall Design award, the judges said: “The multiple-element front page gives the publication an active, newsy look. … Good-quality photographs brighten and enliven the layouts, and designers seem to work every page.”


In a note to his colleagues, Crumpley praised the editor, Joel Russell; the creative and production director, Nina Bays; the art director, Marci Shrager; reporters Michael Aushenker and Mark Madler; and former reporters Andrew Foerch and Amy Stulick. Reporters Katherine Tangalakis-Lippert and Antonio Pequeño IV have joined the news operation since the beginning of the year. The Business Journal’s advertising account managers are Khaled Abdelwahed and Marc Harris.

“It’s truly gratifying to work with talented, driven professionals who seek the higher ground,” he said.


He said he was particularly gratified by the comments that “the breadth and depth of reporting is impressive” and that “designers seem to work every page.”


Also, the Los Angeles Business Journal, a sister publication competing in the large tabloid category, won the Most Improved Publication award. Reporter Howard Fine won a Silver award for Best Body of Work and the publication won a Silver for Best Ancillary Publication for its annual Wealthiest Angelenos issue.