LA, Valley Business Journals to combine

The Los Angeles Business Journal and its sister publication, the San Fernando Valley Business Journal, are making changes aimed at bringing together the region’s major business news outlets to better serve the greater Los Angeles area.

Josh Schimmels, publisher and general manager of the Los Angeles Business Journal, will add the title of publisher and general manager of the San Fernando Valley Business Journal, effective April 1. At the same time, Charles Crumpley, editor and publisher of the San Fernando Valley news operation, will become editor of both newspapers.

In addition, the Valley organization’s Woodland Hills office will be consolidated into the newspaper’s existing Los Angeles office in West Los Angeles. The two newsrooms will be united as well as the two advertising agencies. All employees will remain on staff and will work together, as a unified media company, to continue producing the two award-winning publications. No changes are made to release schedules.

Stephanie Barbaran, who served as acting editor of the Los Angeles Business Journal, and Joel Russell, who served as editor of the San Fernando Valley Business Journal, will serve as editors of the combined operation.
Consolidation eliminates what has become unnecessary office space, but the primary goal is to make operations more efficient, freeing up resources to improve products. Journalists and editors, for example, can collaborate on stories and share sources. Likewise, advertising executives will have the opportunity to work more collaboratively with their clients, to create effective and meaningful marketing plans for advertisers, many of whom already use both publications for their community messaging.

After serving as a senior executive at LABJ, Schimmels returned to the company in April 2020. Schimmels served as Associate Editor and Vice President of The Business Journal from 2010 to 2015. He also served as Associate Editor of the San Fernando Valley Business Journal during that times.

He began his media career in 1999 with a five-year stint at the San Fernando Valley Business Journal. Before returning to Los Angeles last year, he worked for Phoenix-based AZ Big Media, where he served as an editor, contributing six years to the company in two different roles. Schimmels spent nearly four years as a business group editor at D Magazine Partners in Dallas. There, he oversaw a portfolio of publications that included D CEO magazine, as well as its custom publishing division. During his tenure, D CEO magazine was named the nation’s best regional business magazine three times by the Alliance of Area Business Publishers, or AABP.

In the two years Schimmels has returned with the Business Journal, he’s already led the company through its biggest digital overhaul in more than 15 years. The LABJ website and digital content have a new look, with a more user-friendly interface, added content features and new marketing opportunities.

“Having started my media career as an advertising sales professional in the San Fernando Valley, this is an incredible opportunity to make an impact on the publication that I have worked hard to help grow into its early years. The San Fernando Valley and the City of Los Angeles are one. Aligning the newsrooms and operations of our publications only strengthens the overall content we are able to produce for our community. ‘business throughout Los Angeles County,” Schimmels said. “The LABJ and SFVBJ have always been, and continue to be, the primary sources of local business information for Los Angeles. will bring.

Crumpley also has a long history with the organization. He was editor of the Los Angeles Business Journal from 2006 to 2016. In six of the last 8 years of his tenure, the journal was named the nation’s best major business journal by the AABP, which is the l professional business media organization. . Another business journalism association, the Society of American Business Editors and Writers, which represents many daily business news sections as well as national business magazines, named the Los Angeles Business Journal one of the “Best of best” of all these publications when editing Crumpley. writing.

After becoming editor and publisher of the San Fernando Valley Business Journal in 2016, the publication has been named the nation’s top small business journal four of the past five years by AABP. And Crumpley has received two local awards for his civic involvement, including a “Valley of the Stars” honor last year from the Valley Economic Alliance, presented to him by Mayor Eric Garcetti.
“It’s really great to be back in the editor’s chair at the Los Angeles Business Journal,” Crumpley said. “I feel like I was born to do this job.

“And I really like the idea of ​​combining the two operations,” he continued. “It will allow us to better explore the fascinating world of business, entrepreneurship and creativity.”

Schimmels adds: “I’ve known Charlie (Crumpley) for over a decade, had the good fortune to work side-by-side at LABJ in previous years, and couldn’t be more excited to have the opportunity. to work together, again, in this expanded capacity. He is a true professional journalist and one of the best business writers in the country.
Both business journals are owned by CBJ Associates Inc., which also owns the Orange County Business Journal and the San Diego Business Journal.

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