IDG Executives Honored For Their Influence and Innovation in Publishing

BOSTON, MA – JUNE 7, 2004 – When Patrick J. McGovern put out the first issue of Computerworld in 1967, he helped found the information technology media industry. On June 10th he will receive the American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE) 2004 Lifetime Achievement Award for the hard work, vision and entrepreneurial spirit that turned Computerworld into a flagship brand of the media powerhouse International Data Group (IDG).

At $2.4 billion in revenue in 2003, IDG is the world's leading technology media, research, and event company, publishing more than 300 magazines and newspapers including Bio-IT World, CIO, CSO, Computerworld, GamePro, InfoWorld, Network World, and PC World. These premier publications have won more than 125 national and editorial design and excellence awards from the ASBPE alone in the past five years. McGovern, IDG’s chairman, was also named one of the industry’s top innovators in the May 2004 issue of Media Business magazine which wrote: “McGovern can rightly be called a visionary, having seen when he founded (IDG) in 1964 that the world would grow increasingly computerized and internationalized.” He will present the keynote address at the upcoming Media Business awards ceremony on June 9th in New York City.

With a presence in over 85 countries, IDG is a global media company firmly committed to editorial quality and customer satisfaction. IDG editors’ extraordinary commitment to quality has been recognized by a host of prominent industry organizations this year. Recent award recipients include:

· Pat Kenealy, IDG CEO, who received the 21st McAllister Top Management Fellowship from American Business Media. This fellowship is awarded annually to an executive who has been influential in the business-to-business publishing community. As a fellow, Kenealy will be a guest lecturer at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.

· CIO Magazine editor in chief Abbie Lundberg was named “Top Editor” by BtoB Media Business magazine in their inaugural awards for the “best and brightest media business professionals.” Lundberg was recognized for raising the bar for coverage in the information technology industry as well as for uncompromising, yet fair, reporting and analysis.

· Computerworld editor in chief Maryfran Johnson was recognized nationally for her journalistic integrity and editorial courage with American Business Media’s first annual Timothy White Award.

· PC World’s editor in chief Harry McCracken was awarded the American Business Media’s Western Award for Editorial Courage and Integrity.

· PC World Senior Reporter Tom Spring and Senior Editor Peggy Watt were recognized by the Society of Professional Journalists with a Sigma Delta Chi Excellence in Journalism Award for Best Investigative Reporting by an online publication. The award is given to those who exhibit “dignity and responsibility to the profession of journalism.”

2004 Is Yet Another Award-Winning Year for IDG

“I started in publishing as an editor,” said McGovern. “I have always kept in mind that investment in editorial quality is the key to customer satisfaction and business success.” This philosophy continues to reap awards for IDG. Since January, IDG publications have won a total of 21 awards for outstanding editorial achievement.

In March, IDG publications took home nine Jesse H. Neal editorial achievement awards from American Business Media, including the coveted Grand Neal for CIO Magazine. In May, IDG was the only technology publishing company with four titles named to BtoB magazine’s Media Power 50, an annual ranking of the top 50 business-to-business media brands. IDG’s CIO Magazine scored a No. 8 spot on the list, making it the only technology magazine to receive a top ten ranking. Also making this year’s list were Computerworld, Network World Fusion and PC World Weekly Brief.

In selecting Patrick McGovern for the 2004 Lifetime Achievement Award, the ASBPE focused on “the extremes of what can happen when magazine editors approach their careers with foresight, hard work, an entrepreneurial spirit and a sense for what the world needs from journalism.” More than a 100 million people read at least one of IDG’s publications in any month. Extreme indeed.

About IDG

International Data Group (IDG) is the world's leading technology media, research, and event company. A privately-held company, IDG publishes more than 300 magazines and newspapers including Bio-IT World, CIO, CSO, Computerworld, GamePro, InfoWorld, Network World, and PC World. The company features the largest network of technology-specific Web sites with more than 400 around the world. IDG is also a leading producer of more than 170 computer-related events worldwide including LinuxWorld Conference & ExpoR, Macworld Conference & ExpoR, DEMOR, and IDC Directions. IDC provides global market research and advice through offices in 50 countries. Company information is available at http://www.idg.com.

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