IDG’S PC World and PCWorld.com Win a Record-Breaking 26 National and Regional ASBPE Awards

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – JUNE 22, 2000 — Last night at the American Society of Business Press Editors (ASBPE) 22nd Annual awards ceremony in Washington, D.C., PC World achieved a new in-house record for the publication. In addition to the 18 regional awards the editors won last month, PC World and PCWorld.com were honored with eight national awards from the ASBPE — more than any other technology publication.

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"PC World strives to publish the most valuable magazine and Web site for its management-level audience. I am especially pleased that the print and online teams were recognized in every news category," praised Kevin McKean, PC World editorial director. "In fact, this is the fifth consecutive year PC World has taken home a prize for news reporting. That record is a tribute to the talent and hard work of PC World's editors, writers and creative staff, who turn out first-rate journalism every issue and, in the case of the Web site, every day."

PC World received the eight national awards across a broad range of categories, including:

— First Place (Gold): Best News Section — "ISPs @ Risk," (June, 1999) Writers: Yardena Arar, Daniel Tynan, Lincoln Spector, Laurianne McLaughlin, Scott Spanbauer, Dan Miller.

— First Place (Gold): Best Single News Article — "Software Bugs Run Rampant," (January, 1999) Writer: Scott Spanbauer.

— Second Place (Silver): Best Original Online News Section — www.pcworld.com/pcwtoday Editors: Peggy Watt, Eric Bender

— Second Place (Silver): Original Online Database — "ISP Finder" http://www.pcworld.com/top400/isp/0,2020,,00.html Assistant Copy Editor: Arin Haley

— Second Place (Silver): Best Technical Article — "Windows vs. Windowvs. the World," (October, 1999)

Writers: Scott Spanbauer, Harry McCracken, Anush Yegyazarian, Glenn McDonald, Carol Pragides.

— Second Place (Silver): Regular Column, Contributed — "Consumer Watch," (March and June, 1999) Writer: Roberta Furger

— Third Place (Bronze): Feature Article — "Spam!" (November, 1999) Writer: Roberta Furger, Judy Heim, Kim Zetter

— Third Place (Bronze): Feature Series — "Web @ Warp Speed," (March,

1999) Writers: Harry McCracken, Roberta Furger, Glenn McDonald, Angela Navarrete, Brad Grimes, Judy Heim, Bryan Hastings, Michelle Campanale- Surkan, Tom Yager

In addition to the national honors, last month PC World won 18 regional ASBPE awards for its outstanding graphics, news reporting, how-to articles, technical and feature journalism, regular departments and columns, and signed editorials. The ASBPE awards extend a winning season for PC World, which was honored this spring with the 2000 Grand Neal Award from American Business Media for its March 1999 special issue, "Web @ Warp Speed." Earlier this year, PCWorld.com earned a Maggie Award for "Best Online Publication" from the Western Publications Association — for an unprecedented third time in the five-year history of the award category.

Editorial entries in the ASBPE Annual Competition for Editorial and Graphics Excellence were judged for writing quality, presentation, subject development and value to the reader by a panel of leading business trade press journalists. Graphics entries are judged by graphic designers and magazine artists from around the country based on composition, use of typographic and graphic elements, originality, and relevance to the story or publication.

PC World Communications, Inc. is the publisher of PC World (www.pcworld.com) and WebShopper (www.webshopper.com) and is a subsidiary of IDG, the world's leading IT media, research and exposition company. The winner of the 1999 and 2000 Grand Neal Award for editorial excellence, PC World is the world's largest computer publication with a circulation rate base of 1.25 million. With more than 1.2 million unique visitors per month (Media Metrix, April 2000), PCWorld.com is a leading online resource for PC-product buyers and users. IDG publishes more than 300 computer magazines and newspapers and 4,000 book titles in 80 countries and offers online users the largest network of technology-specific sites around the world through IDG.net ( http://www.idg.net ), which comprises more than 270 targeted Web sites in 70 countries. IDG is also a leading producer of 168 computer-related expositions in 35 countries, and research arm International Data Corporation (IDC) provides computer industry research and analysis through 50 offices in 43 countries worldwide. Company information is available at http://www.idg.com .