IDG Publications Win Most Neal Editorial Achievement Awards of Any Publisher

Boston, MA – MARCH 19, 2004 – International Data Group (IDG) publications took home nine editorial achievement awards from American Business Media at the 50th annual Jesse H. Neal National Business Journalism Awards ceremony in New York City. For the second year in a row, CIO magazine won the coveted Grand Neal presented to the publication that best exemplifies editorial excellence in the business press. CIO magazine’s winning article covered the disastrous four day crash of a computer network at a Boston hospital.

Reinforcing IDG’s dominance of this year’s awards, CSO (Chief Security Officer) magazine won four Neals and was the second runner up for the Grand Neal. Bio-IT World earned one Neal and was the third Grand Neal runner up. PC World received a Neal for its Website, PCWorld.com.

IDG’s Maryfran Johnson, editor in chief of Computerworld, was recognized for her editorial courage and integrity with the first annual Timothy White Award, named after the editor of Billboard magazine who died in 2002. This award honors a business journalist whose work demonstrates the integrity, courage and passion that White displayed in his career.

Winning more awards than any other media company, IDG publications yesterday bested almost 1,300 entries in the most competitive year ever for the Neal Awards.

“IDG is committed to editorial quality in good times and bad,” said Pat Kenealy, CEO, International Data Group. “As this impressive number of awards indicates, IDG delivers the editorial excellence that our readers and advertisers have come to expect. The Neal Awards reinforce IDG’s credo that quality counts.”

Since 1971, IDG has won 34 Neal awards, including four Grand Neals. IDG has more Neal Awards to its credit than any other technology media company.

The 2004 award winners are listed below:

CIO Magazine:

• Grand Neal Award for “All Systems Down”

• Best Single Article for “All Systems Down”

• Best Single Issue of a Magazine (October 15, 2003)

CSO Magazine:

• Second Runner-Up Grand Neal Award for “Machine Shop”

• Best Single Article for “Patch and Pray”

• Best Regularly Featured Department or Column “Machine Shop”

• Best Single Theme Issue of a Magazine or Newspaper/News Tabloid “How to Win at Risk”

• Best Single Issue of a Magazine (May 2003)

Bio-IT World:

• Third Runner-Up Grand Neal Award for “Soul Searching”

• Best Single Article for “Soul Searching”

PC World:

• Best Website for PCWorld.com

About the Neal Awards

The Jesse H. Neal Awards, created 50 years ago by American Business Media, recognize and reward editorial excellence in independent business publications. American Business Media is the association for business-to-business information providers that includes producers of print publications, websites, and events. The Neal awards are presented annually to those editors who have submitted entries exhibiting journalistic enterprise, extent of service to the field and editorial excellence. This year’s Neal Awards attracted a record 1,283 entries. The winners were selected from 78 finalists by a judging panel of noted journalists, educators and industry experts.

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, MacworldConference & 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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