The San Fernando Valley Business Journal was awarded a top journalism honor recently when it won the Gold award for Best Newspaper in a competition sponsored by the main trade association of business journals. In announcing the award, judges wrote that “creative storytelling, deep reporting and excellent photography combine to create an outstanding local publication.” The award was given June 24 in Dallas during the conference of the Alliance of Area Business Publishers. The awards were based on journalism published in 2016. “This honor is significant because it says, basically, we are the best business journal in the country in our category of small tabloids,” said Charles Crumpley, the Business Journal’s publisher. To win the award, he said, the newspaper must perform at a high level in all aspects: reporting, writing, photography and design. “I am proud of our journalists, photojournalists and designers, who were hired primarily because of their talent,” he said. “And I’m especially proud of Joel Russell, the editor, who channels all of that talent into one elegant newspaper.” The judges, who are faculty of the University of Missouri’s journalism school, lauded the Business Journal for its “fascinating deep stories on topics people might not necessarily consider; for example: the difficulty marijuana vendors have with banking. Entertainment industry pieces are also particularly strong. Reproduction, color, and design are all just beautiful.” Also at the awards ceremony, Crumpley won a Silver award in the Commentary category for his opinion column “One More Thing.” The judges said: “Mr. Crumpley writes with unquestionable authority, whether he’s examining the notion of California seceding from the country, exploring the viability of a company that manufactures inhalable insulin or scrutinizing Applebee’s strategy of adding wood-fired grills at its restaurants.” Separately, the Los Angeles Press Club awards banquet was held June 25 and the Business Journal won four prizes, all third place. The design team won for Page Design for the layout of “Soundstage Scarcity,” a story and photo package about the expansion of production studios in the Valley area. Reporter Mark Madler won in the Entertainment News or Feature category for his story “Keeping the Crowd Spell-Bound,” about the opening of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood. Helen Floersh won in the Personality Profile category for her story “The 24/7 Extrovert,” about a local business owner who consistently gets publicity without hiring a public relations consultant. Former Business Journal Reporter Champaign Williams won in the Business category for “In the Hole,” about how Porter Ranch area businesses were suffering because of a massive natural gas leak. Also at the AABP banquet, two affiliate newspapers won significant awards. San Diego Business Journal won Silver for Best Newspaper in the large tabloid category and Los Angeles Business Journal took the Bronze award.