The San Fernando Valley Business Journal has won the top award from a national association of business news publications.

The publication won the Gold award for Best Newspaper among small tabloids. The award was announced Saturday evening in Dallas during the annual conference of the Alliance of Area Business Publishers, the trade association.

The judges said, “deep reporting and excellent photography combine to create an outstanding local publication.” They went on to say that the Business Journal has “fascinating deep stories on topics people might not necessarily consider” and lauded the newspaper for its design.

The AABP also gave Charles Crumpley, the publisher, the Silver award in the Commentary category for his column “One More Thing.”

Two affiliate newspapers, the San Diego Business Journal and the Los Angeles Business Journal, won the Silver and Bronze awards, respectively, for Best Newspaper in the large tabloid category.

Separately, the Los Angeles Press Club on Sunday evening gave the Business Journal four awards, all third place.

They went to: the newspapers’ design team in the category of Page Design for the layout of “Soundstage Scarcity”; Mark Madler in the Entertainment News or Feature category for his story “Keeping the Crowd Spell-Bound”; Helen Floersh in the Personality Profile category for her story headlined “The 24/7 Extrovert”; and former reporter Champaign Williams in the Business category for “In the Hole.”