Los Angeles Business Journal

LABJ Wins a Top Journalism Award

By Business Journal Staff Monday, June 24, 2013

The Los Angeles Business Journal on Saturday won the top prize in a national journalism awards contest.

The newspaper won the Gold award in the category of Best Newspaper, in which the publication competed against large weekly business news tabloids in other cities on the basis of overall quality.

Judges wrote that the Business Journal’s editorial staff “clearly knows its audience and delivers to it on every possible topic,” while also noting the newspaper’s strong photography, graphics and design.

The award was presented at a conference in Nashville, Tenn., of the Alliance of Area Business Publications. It marked the fourth time in the last five years that the Business Journal walked away with the top award for business journals.

In all, the Business Journal won seven awards at the AABP conference. Separately, the publication won a dozen awards at the Los Angeles Press Club awards banquet Sunday evening. The paper’s affiliated newspaper, the San Fernando Valley Business Journal, also won awards at each event.

Here is a summation of the awards:

At the AABP conference (which gives gold, silver and bronze awards in most categories), the Los Angeles Business Journal and its design director, Robert Landry, won a gold medal in the category of Best Overall Design. “Reading this publication feels like driving a luxury car – you’re guaranteed a beautiful, consistent experience each time,” the judges wrote, who noted the paper’s clear presentation and good use of strong photography.

The Business Journal’s real estate reporter, Jacquelyn Ryan, won a Gold award in the category of Best Print Scoop for her story headlined “Downtown L.A. Greets Wal-Mart.” She broke the story about how Wal-Mart planned to open a controversial grocery near Chinatown.

“In less than a day, Jacquelyn Ryan turned a simple tip from one of her strongest sources into one of the most important business stories of the year for downtown Los Angeles,” the judges wrote.

Reporter Alfred Lee won a silver award in the Best Feature category for his article headlined “Police Make Business of Seizures.”

Reporter Howard Fine won a silver in the category of Best Coverage of Local Breaking News for his account of how Occidental Petroleum planned to resume drilling in Carson, possibly employing the controversial technique of fracking.

Landry also won two silver awards, one for Best Feature Layout

and the other for Best Special Section Design for the presentation of different special sections.

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