IDG’s CIO Magazine Achieves Top Honors

March 11, 1998, Framingham, MA–CIO magazine is being honored by two prestigious media organizations this month: The American Business Press and Advertising Age's Business Marketing magazine.

CIO Editors commended for Journalistic Excellence

The American Business Press (ABP) is honoring the editors of CIO magazine with the distinction of a Neal Award and two Neal Certificates of Merit. Representing editorial excellence at the highest level and hailed as the Pulitzer Prize of business journalism, these awards were presented last evening at the 44th annual Jesse H. Neal Awards ceremony in New York City.

Lew McCreary, Editorial Director of CIO Communications, Inc., says the Neal is a most cherished accolade. "We are honored that our editors and designers are being singled out by their peers for journalistic integrity and excellence. It is an honor and a pleasure to work with such talented individuals."

CIO's editorial staff received the Neal Award in the following category:

Best how-to article or series: "Face Facts" by senior editor Carol Hildebrand, February 1997 WebMaster (now morphed into CIO Web Business); contributing editors/designers: Art Jahnke, Lisa Munroe, Carol Zarrow

CIO's editorial staff was awarded Neal Certificates of Merit in the following categories:

Best single issue of a magazine: "The Decade of the CIO," September 15, 1997, CIO; contributions made by entire editorial and design staff

Best staff-written editorial: Home Page column; February/March/May 1997, WebMaster (now morphed into CIO Web Business); contributing editors/designers: Lew McCreary, Leigh Buchanan, Anne Stuart, Art Jahnke, Lisa Munroe, Cheryl Asselin, Carol Zarrow

The 1998 Neal winners were selected by an ABP judging panel, led by the editor of Columbia Journalism Review, Marshall Loeb. A record 1,010 entries were divided into three classifications of business publications, according to the publication's revenues in advertising and circulation, with seven editorial categories within each size classification. Additional categories exist for a single issue of a newspaper/tabloid and for online editorial. All materials were to have published between December 1, 1996 and November 30, 1997. The judging panel selected 23 Neal Award winners and 23 Certificate of Merit winners.

The Jesse H. Neal Editorial Achievement Awards were established by ABP in 1955 to recognize and reward excellence in independent business publications.

CIO Magazine Recognized for Marketing Clout

Advertising Age's Business Marketing magazine, published by Crain Communications, Inc., is also honoring CIO magazine this month. In its first annual "Top Trades" award, the monthly advertising and marketing publication named CIO as one of a quartet of top business-to-business magazines for editorial excellence and circulation strategy.

Joe Levy, President, CEO and Group Publisher of CIO Communications, says the Business Marketing award clearly demonstrates the power of CIO magazine's reader audience. "CIO delivers focused information to a targeted group of the nation's most influential executives. Being honored by Business Marketing confirms that our circulation strategy is a success." Calling attention to the magazine's recent enhancements, he adds, "This is an extraordinary way to commemorate our tenth year of publication and our new, innovative two section format.*"

Business Marketing magazine polled hundreds of business-to-business marketers via telephone in January and February, asking them what criteria they use to judge trade publications and which magazines did the best jobs meeting those standards. Editors reviewed the results and determined the winning publications. CIO magazine is among four winners in the computer industry publishing category. According to Brian Reilly, executive editor of Business Marketing, "Across the board, business-to-business marketers say editorial excellence and circulation, or reaching the right readers, are the most important criteria."

Polling was conducted after CIO magazine's two section format was unveiled (October 1, 1997). "This is a clear nod on behalf of many marketers to our new approach to publishing," says Levy. He also believes the award, "…underscores the power and influence of the CIO audience, as well as the crucial role chief information officers play in business today."

CIO Communications, Inc. was formed in 1987 to help CIOs, IT executives and other senior management executives succeed in their enterprises through the use of information technology. The company publishes CIO magazine, produces the award-winning Web site, and develops and produces CIO Executive Programsæa series of conferences that provide educational and networking opportunities for corporate and government executives who want to expand their knowledge of technology, business management issues and innovative products and services.

CIO Communications is a subsidiary of IDG, the world's leading IT media, research and exposition company. IDG publishes more than 285 computer magazines and newspapers and 500 book titles and offers the largest network of technology specific sites around the world, located at, which comprises more than 200 targeted Web sites in 52 countries. IDG is also a leading producer of 110 computer-related expositions worldwide, and provides IT market analysis through 49 offices in 41 countries worldwide. Company information is available at

* On October 1, 1997, CIO magazine debuted its successful, new concept of delivering targeted, freestanding editorial sections (similar to a newspaper). The product is oft positioned as "One magazine, Two sections." On the 1st of each month, readers now receive the traditional section 1 and CIO Web Business, section 2 . On the 15th of each month, readers receive the traditional section 1 and CIO Enterprise, section 2.