IDG’s PC World Editors Win Top Business Publication Editorial Award

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – MARCH 13, 2002 – Today, at a ceremony for the 48th Jesse H. Neal Business Journalism Awards in New York, the editors of PC World were honored for "Best Subject-Related Series," for their May 2001 special issue on Internet dangers, "Net Threats 2001" (online at Sponsored by American Business Media, the annual Neal competition is the business publishing industry's salute to individual editors for outstanding editorial excellence. PC World leads high-tech publishing with 13 Neal Awards, and two Grand Neal Awards since 1995; this is the fifth time the editors have won in the Subject-Related Series category.


"Hearty congratulations to the PC World editorial, Test Center, and art department teams for once again earning the recognition of their peers," praised Kevin McKean, editorial director of PC World. "This series on Internet dangers represents the finest that PC World's staffers have to offer: investigative reporting, service journalism, lab-tested product reviews, and in-depth interviews-accompanied by compelling original artwork."

The Internet can be a treacherous place for the unwary: Net Threats 2001 is a crash course in online self-defense. In a series of articles, the editors check in with law enforcement officials, independent watchdogs, and even a few notoriously secretive hackers to find out just who's prowling the Web. They also round up dozens of tools and strategies for safeguarding privacy, avoiding online scams, defending data, understanding hackers, and protecting kids online.

Personal privacy has never been more vulnerable to prying eyes than it is today. An update on recent changes in Net surveillance and their effects, "Privacy Matters" analyzes tracking technologies such as cookies, Web bugs, interactive TV, and more. The story also questions what Web sites do with the data they collect-how they trade it and how little they protect it.

As the editors showed in "Dot Cons," the ancient art of the swindle is alive and well on the Web. They investigate the proliferation of auction scams, dangerous downloads, and investment and credit-card hoaxes-even get ripped off themselves to help readers avoid becoming victims.

Who are hackers and what do they want? "Hacker Nation" gets answers from experts-including hackers themselves. In an online companion series, editors interview infamous hackers, explain how hackers do what they do, explore the motivations of "hacktivists," look at how hacking is portrayed in movies, serve up a glossary of lingo, and much more.

The ultimate guide to system security, "Fortress PC" identifies and tests nearly two dozen tools surfers need to shield themselves from attack, including antivirus utilities, firewalls, file encryptors, and more.

The Web can be hazardous territory for children and teenagers. But it is still a great resource for schoolwork, research, keeping in touch with friends, and playing online games. So, with the help of academic researchers, law enforcement officials, and parents, "Safe Kids" pulls together 23 parent-approved tips to defend youngsters against Internet dangers-from overzealous marketers to online criminals.

The entire PC World editorial, Test Center, and art department staff is honored for their efforts on the May 2001 special issue, including section editor Harry McCracken, who led the team, Eric Dahl, Michael S. Lasky, Aoife McEvoy, Séan Captain, Kate Godfrey, Steven Gray, and Barbara Adamson.

Hailed as the "Pulitzer Prize of the business press," the Jesse H. Neal National Business Journalism Awards recognize and reward excellence in independent business publications. The Neal Awards are presented annually to those editors who have submitted entries exhibiting journalistic enterprise, extent of service to the field, and editorial craftsmanship. This year, American Business Media received 967 entries from member publications. Twenty-three winners were selected from 69 finalists by a distinguished panel of judges led by Marshall Loeb.

About PC World

PC World Communications, Inc. is the publisher of PC World and ( 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 readership of nearly 6.9 million (Fall 2001 MRI). With an average of 1.6 million unique visitors per month (Media Metrix, August 2001 – January 2002), is a leading online resource for PC-product buyers and users. IDG publishes more than 300 magazines and newspapers and offers online users the largest network of technology-specific sites around the world through (, which comprises more than 300 targeted Web sites in 70 countries. IDG is also a leading producer of 168 computer-related expositions worldwide, and provides IT market analysis through 51 offices in 43 countries worldwide. Company information is available at


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