IDG’s PC World Named Best Computer Magazine In Its Class

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – APRIL 29, 2002 – At a ceremony held Friday at the Folio:West Show, PC World and were honored with six Maggie Awards from the Western Publications Association (WPA)-the most of any publication and an all-time record for the publisher. For the second straight year, the editorial and art departments won Maggie Awards for "Best Computer Magazine/Consumer," "Best Online Publication Home Page Design," and "Best Single Editorial Photograph/Consumer." PC World also tied for "Best How-To Article" and won for "Best Online Interview or Profile." The publisher also took home a trophy for "Best Media Kit." Since 1988, PC World and have won an unprecedented 28 Maggie Awards.


"We are absolutely thrilled to receive this recognition for the hard work that goes into PC World and," said Kevin McKean, editorial director. "It was especially gratifying that the WPA chose to honor so many different features of the magazine and Web site, from print how-to features to Web design, and from marketing to art direction."

Over the years, PC World has won an industry-leading five Maggie Awards for "Best Computer Magazine," and continues to deliver trusted technology advice to its readers. The winning October 2001 issue ( with its "Best PC Deals Ever!" cover, was judged for its editorial focus, writing style, distinct voice, design elements, and quality of research. ( won its second straight Maggie for "Best Online Publication Home Page Design" for its visual presentation of the editorial content, intuitive navigation, interactive elements, and use of photos and illustrations to reinforce the Web site's product focus. Associate art director Pierre Granier and associate designer Diego Aguirre share responsibility for the daily look of the home page.

In addition, the print magazine and Web site received Maggie Awards for individual articles. Michael Gowan's November 2001 "Easy as MP3" (, edited by Richard Baguley, tied for "Best How-To Article" for its clarity, logic, balance, and thoroughness. Kim Zetter's "Best Online Interview or Profile"-winning "3 Minutes with Hacker

Fosdick," ( edited by Peggy Watt, offered an intriguing glimpse into the life and philosophy of a notorious and media-shy hacker.

Also repeating its 2001 achievement, PC World's art department accepted an award for "Best Single Editorial Photograph/Consumer" for its June 2001 "Long-Haul Lasers," designed by Jeff Berlin and photo-illustrated by Marc Simon. The image of laser printers as trucks flying down the highway was recognized for its seamless quality, sophisticated execution, and contribution to the overall sense of the article.

Featuring photos of actual PC World and readers, the Maggie-winning media kit fulfilled its three stated goals: bring the editorial and reader to life, showcase and reinforce the fall 2001 print redesign, and simplify the design for greater flexibility.

In all, PC World and were nominated for 19 Maggie Awards:

Best Computer Publication/Consumer

Best Online Publication Home Page Design

Best How-To Article/Consumer (tie)

Best Single Editorial Photograph/Consumer

(two nominations, one winner)

Best Online Interview or Profile

(two nominations, one winner)

Best Media Kit/Consumer

= Winner Best Online Article

Best Regularly Featured Online Column

(two nominations)

Best Online News Story (three nominations)

Best Overall Online Design

Best Series of Articles/Consumer

Best Signed Editorial or Essay/Consumer

(two nominations)

Best Single Editorial Illustration/Consumer

Hosted by the Western Publications Association, the 2002 Maggie Awards honored the year's finest in editorial and design in magazines, tabloids, newsletters and new media published in or distributed to the 14 western states. The WPA's membership represents more than 500 consumer and trade publications. This year, 1,800 entries were judged in 85 categories, according to strict guidelines for editorial and design excellence.

About PC World

PC World Communications, Inc. is the publisher of PC World and ( and is a subsidiary of IDG, the world's leading technology media, research and event 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 1.8 million unique visitors per month (Media Metrix, September 2001 – February 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 330 targeted Web sites in 80 countries. IDG is also a leading producer of 168 computer-related events worldwide, and IDG's research company, IDC, provides global market intelligence and advice through 51 offices in 43 countries worldwide. Company information is available at


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