IDG’s PC World Wins An Industry-Leading Five Maggie Awards

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – APRIL 23, 2001 – At an award ceremony held last week during the Folio: West show in Los Angeles, PC World was presented with a publishing industry-leading five Maggie Awards from the Western Publications Association (WPA). Once again named "Best Computer Magazine," PC World earned more accolades than any other publication in the competition, with recognition bridging both editorial and design, print and the Web. Since 1988, PC World has won a record 22 Maggie Awards.


"This is a tribute to the hard work and journalistic talent of our staff, who have firmly established PC World as the 'Best Computer Magazine' it is," said Kevin McKean, editorial director. "For to win 'Best Home Page Design' is a direct result of its recent redesign. And the art department's two trophies for print design showcase their artistic expertise in both media. My congratulations also to Andrew Brandt, whose award-winning 'Privacy Watch' column will soon become the first online column at PC World to make the transition into print."

PC World leads the technology press with a total of four Maggies for "Best Computer Publication" since 1988. To be selected this year's winner, PC World's June 2000 special issue on privacy was rated on how well the editorial and design components worked together to meet the magazine's objectives, depth of research, and the articles' clear and interesting writing style. The June issue also won a 2001 Neal Award from American Business Media for "Best Single Issue."

Last fall, with the help of design firm Hot Studio, Inc., underwent a complete redesign of the site-with the goals of improving the user experience, streamlining the content, and including new interactive tools and services. The new, Maggie Award-winning home page design ( achieves all of those objectives and was honored by the WPA judges for its consistent graphic presentation, easy and intuitive navigation, dynamic and interactive design, and use of photos and illustrations to highlight the Web site's product focus.

PC World also took home two Maggies for excellence in print design: "Best Single Editorial Illustration/Consumer" for Marc Simon's artwork in the September 2000 travel notebook review "10 for the Road," and "Best Single Editorial Photograph/Consumer" for the October 2000 feature "Slim & Sexy," with photo illustrations by Mir Lada. PC World assistant art director Beth Kamoroff designed both stories.

A series of hard-hitting columns on the questions surrounding privacy, "Privacy Watch" ( covers many controversial issues, including online voting, medical records, and the problems posed by weak federal laws-and offers strategies for fighting back and protecting personal information. Andrew Brandt's winning entries for "Best Regularly Featured Online Column" were rewarded for their appropriateness for the audience, their consistent style, clear focus, liveliness, variety, and individual strength.

In all, PC World was nominated for 14 Maggie Awards:

* Best Computer Publication Best Series of Articles/Consumer

* Best Online Publication Home Page Design Best How-To Article/Consumer

* Best Single Editorial Illustration/Consumer Best Online Article

* Best Single Editorial Photograph/Consumer Two nominations for Best Online News Story

* Best Regularly Featured Online Column Best Color Editorial Layout/Consumer

Best Online Publication Best Overall Online Design

Best Special Theme Issue * = Winners

Hosted by the Western Publications Association, the 50th Annual 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, 2,080 entries were judged in nearly 90 categories, according to strict guidelines for editorial and design excellence.

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 circulation rate base of 1.25 million. With an average of 1.3 million unique visitors per month (Media Metrix, Jan. – Dec. 2000), 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 (, 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


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