LABJ Garners Top Honors at AABP Contest

The Los Angeles Business Journal won a Silver award for Best Newspaper as well as a Gold award for Best Overall Design at a nationwide journalism contest.
The awards were given June 11 by the Alliance of Area Business Publishers, the main professional organization of business journals and other city- and state-based business-news magazines and other publications. The annual contest is independently judged by professors at the University of Missouri’s school of journalism.

Of the business journal, the judges said, “this publication is stylish, sophisticated and classy, with just a bit of flashiness. Headlines are clever and well-written. Informative graphics, such as the stock index and wealthiest Angelenos, aid the storytelling.”

“We’re honored to be recognized by our industry peers, and esteemed judges, for continuing to produce unique, quality content, worthy of these national awards,” said Business Journal publisher Josh Schimmels. “We’re fortunate to have an incredible team of editors and reporters who each contribute tremendously to the overall weekly issues, as well as special annual editions such as Wealthiest Angelenos. I want to thank our production team, led by Nina Bays, for their superb design, which greatly impacts the overall reader experience.”

Awards are given, like the Olympics, in Gold, Silver and Bronze.
For Best Overall Design, the business journal won the top award: Gold.
“There are several beautifully designed special packages per issue,” the judges wrote of the business journal. Some “stories are broken into pieces for easier scanning and filled with visual treats that make them fun to read. Break-out boxes and graphics organize information.”

The publication also submitted its annual Wealthiest Angelenos issue in the Best Ancillary Publication category and won a Silver award for it.
“Extensive reporting and superb editing are evident in this publication, which highlights the wealthiest members of the Los Angeles business sector,” the judges wrote in giving that award. “Bold design, graphics and photographs are clear signals that this is an important aspect of the city’s business culture.”

Newspapers compete against each other in large, medium and small categories; Los Angeles is in the large category. Its sister publication, the San Fernando Valley Business Journal, competes in the small category.

The Valley business journal won the Gold award for Best Newspaper, the fifth time in the last six years it won that honor; the Gold award for Best Overall Design, the sixth time in the last eight years it won the Gold in that category; and it won the Gold for Best Bylined Commentary, for an opinion column by Charles Crumpley, who was editor and publisher of the Valley business journal until he became editor-in-chief of both publications in April.

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