The San Fernando Valley Business Journal won a bronze award for best overall design in the small tabloids category from the Alliance of Area Business Publications.

Business Journal Editor Jaclyn Giovis accepted the award on the paper’s behalf at the award ceremony June 25 in Providence, Rhode Island.

In choosing the Business Journal for the design award, the judges noted how the pages are clean and consistent with a clear hierarchy and that stories make good use of subheds.

“These staff members put serious effort into the visuals with their lead packages, and the visuals help carry the storytelling weight,” the judges said.

The 2011 Editorial Excellence awards received 487 entries from 45 business publications across the U.S. Judges are on the faculty of the University of Missouri School of Journalism.