IDG Publications Win an Overwhelming 116 Awards from ASBPE in 2004

BOSTON, MA – JULY 21, 2004 – With 116 wins, IDG publications dominated the largest annual editorial and design competition among business publications sponsored by the American Society of Business Publications Editors (ASBPE). IDG publications received “Magazine of the Year” in both circulation categories and an additional 51 national awards at the ASBPE’s national conference in Philadelphia. Earlier in the spring, IDG publications also won 63 regional awards in both the Northeastern and Western ASBPE regions.

IDG’s Computerworld and CSO magazine were named the large and small circulation 2004 “Magazines of the Year.” ASBPE judges called Computerworld a “cutting edge” magazine with great design and typography and called CSO, “a strong voice for people who have challenging jobs.” In the 80,000 or more circulation category, IDG’s CIO magazine received an honorable mention for “Magazine of the Year” and PC World was named as one of the “Top 10 Magazines of the Year.”

“IDG’s performance this year is without a doubt a singular accomplishment by any media company,” said Robert Freedman, President of the ASBPE. “The awards are highly competitive and are judged largely by veteran trade publication editors. For IDG’s titles to receive recognition in so many different categories is an achievement that the company has a right to be proud of.”

At the Northeastern Regional banquet, IDG Founder and Chairman Patrick J. McGovern was honored with the organization’s “Lifetime Achievement Award.” When citing his many accomplishments, ASBPE Awards Committee Chair, Roy Harris, wrote, “…it is as a creator of magazines – and, in a sense, of the entire genre of IT publications – that he (McGovern) stands tallest in a whole industry of giants.”

A Year of Awards

In 2004, IDG publications and executives in the United States have received more than 135 awards from editors, publications and professional associations.

“In an evermore numbers-driven media world, editorial quality matters,” said IDG’s CEO, Pat Kenealy. “Editorial quality creates the reader involvement that leads to education and action. In all of its products, consumer or B-to-B, magazine or newspaper, email or Internet, IDG invests in editorial quality for the good of the markets we serve. I congratulate all our editorial and design teams on their success.”

IDG Publications Honored


Computerworld, named "Magazine of the Year," also won 13 national awards – the most awards of all publications under consideration. With three gold, five silver and five bronze awards, Computerworld was positioned as the top IT weekly in the ASBPE's national awards program, nearly doubling the awards of its closest competitor. This honor comes on the heels of winning four gold, four silver and two bronze awards at the Northeastern Regional ASBPE ceremony last month, bringing Computerworld's total to 23 ASBPE awards for excellence this year. Judges honored Computerworld for excellence in a variety of award categories, including feature articles, print news sections, government coverage, signed editorials, original Web news sections and cover designs.


In addition to “Magazine of the Year,” CSO took home nine awards (five golds, two silver and two bronze awards) for excellence in categories including how-to, contributed columns, special sections, contents page, front cover photography, typography, Web site/interactive community and individual profiles. These honors come on the heels of seven gold, two silver and one bronze for CSO at the ASBPE Northeastern Regional awards.


With an honorable mention for “Magazine of the Year,” CIO also won six national awards (three golds, two silver and one bronze) in categories such as how-to, individual profiles, technical articles, special sections and case history. These honors follow four gold, four silver and two bronze awards for CIO at the ASBPE Northeastern Regional awards.

CIO’s award-winning year began in March with receipt of the coveted Grand Neal, presented at the Jesse H. Neal National Business Journalism Awards ceremony, to the publication that best exemplifies editorial excellence in the business press. Recently, CIO magazine Editor-in-Chief Abbie Lundberg was named “Top Editor” in the large publications category by BtoB’s Media Business magazine.

PC World

PC World’s nine national ASBPE awards – three gold, four silver and two bronze – are acknowledgement of PC World’s print and online accomplishments in all departments, including features, reviews, news, design and the Test Center. Signature pieces singled-out by the ASBPE were “Dawn of the Superworm” and “Are You Helping a Spammer” which represent PC World’s commitment to keeping the public informed about Internet threats. In addition to the national awards, PC World received Western Regional accolades in 15 categories, including 10 gold for regular departments, columns, article series, illustrations and graphics and special sections. The Top 100, Consumer Watch and the 20th Anniversary issue (March 2003) were among the gold award winners.

Bio-IT World and Health-IT World

IDG's Bio-IT World was honored with four national and five regional awards from the ASBPE for publications with less than 80,000 circulation. The magazine’s front cover, opening page or spread, Health-IT World newsletter and feature series “Resolving Bottlenecks” were among the national and regional gold award winners.


InfoWorld received four national and five regional awards from the ASBPE. InfoWorld was honored with a gold award in online excellence for “Original Web News Section,” a silver award for “Overall Web Publication,” a silver award in graphics excellence for the front cover illustration and a bronze award for “Graphics Excellence in Publication Redesign.” In the Western Region, InfoWorld took home four gold awards for its front covers (computer generated and illustration), news section and publication redesign. It also won a silver editorial award for “Best Feature Article” for “Spam Shootout.”

Network World

IDG’s Network World received two national awards from the ASBPE. The special supplement “The Federal Agenda: Top Priorities” and the technical article “Spam in the Wild” were both bronze award winners. These articles also won gold and bronze awards, respectively, in the Northeastern Region.


A national bronze award was given to Macworld in the design category “Contents Page or Pages.” Winning a total of six awards in the Western Region, Macworld’s ASBPE honors included two gold awards for graphic excellence for its contents page and front cover photo. Macworld also won three silver awards; two were for graphic excellence for the front cover and opening page or spread and one was for editorial excellence for the special supplement “Digital Hub.” Additionally, the magazine won a bronze award for editorial excellence in the news article category.


Founded in 1964 and based in Naperville, Illinois, ASBPE is a professional and educational resource for editors of business, trade, association and professional magazines and newsletters and their associated Internet publications. The society is widely known for its annual “Awards of Excellence” in editorial and design, as well as its annual business publication editorial conference.

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