IDG’s PC World Wins Third Consecutive Eddie Award For Editorial Excellence

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – November 18, 2004 – PC World, the most widely-read computer or business magazine, took home a Gold Eddie Award in the “Consumer Technology/Computing” category at Folio:’s Celebration of Excellence Awards Gala, held earlier this week in New York City. The Eddie Awards are judged not against the competition, but by how well a publication lives up to its own editorial mission and the quality of their content. Also factored into the deliberation are creativity, design/production, and the cover.

“We’re ecstatic to have won the Eddie for the third straight year,” said Harry McCracken, editor in chief of PC World and Digital World. “The editorial, design, and Test Center teams strive every month to deliver a first-class product for our tech-savvy management audience. PC World has stayed true to its mission of providing technology advice readers can trust for over two decades and we will continue to do so.”

PC World’s winning entry, the November 2003 issue, has a cover story of “Ultimate PC Timesavers” (http://find.pcworld.com/45720). It contains secrets for working faster instead of harder, from file management shortcuts to photo editing tricks. Categorized into five sections, the article offers advice in the following areas: Windows, the Internet, Office, Hardware, and Photo. In addition, the piece features three “Keyboard Corner” sidebars with extra time-saving advice: “Windows Shortcuts,” “Net Navigation,” and “Office Orientation.”

In a continuing tradition of service journalism, the “Great American Privacy Makeover” (http://find.pcworld.com/45724) revealed that even savvy Web users can do more to safeguard their privacy and data. Included are must-have email utilities and a special section dedicated to keeping children safe online with “Tips for Parents.” Also profiled are three at-risk individuals or groups that received a hands-on makeover to guard against dangers online. To help readers surf safely, editors provided a “Privacy IQ Test” on page 148 of the issue.

Additionally, PC World brought home a Silver Folio: Ozzie Award. The Art and Design team won “Best Use of Digital Imagery” for the “Road Tools” image in the February 2004 issue.

The 2004 Folio: Awards bring to a close a successful awards season for PC World and PCWorld.com. Beginning in February, PCWorld.com won min’s Best of the Web Award for Editorial Excellence and in March won a Neal Award for Best Web Site. In April, PCWorld.com was recognized for the first time with a Sigma Delta Chi Award from the Society of Professional Journalists for Best Investigative Reporting. In June, the American Society of Business Publication Editors honored PC World and PCWorld.com with nine National Awards and 15 Regional Awards; the magazine was also named one of the Top 10 Magazines of the Year.

Over 2,000 entries were received in this year’s Folio: competition, celebrating the best work in editorial and design, and underscoring the team-oriented nature of magazine publishing.

About PC World

PC World Communications, Inc., a subsidiary of IDG, is the publisher of PC World, Digital World, PCWorld.com (www.pcworld.com), and home of the PC World Test Center. The winner of the 2004 Eddie Award for Editorial Excellence, PC World is the most widely-read computer or business publication with a readership of over 4.9 million (IntelliQuest CIMS 2004: total unduplicated, combined Business, Home, and Dual Studies). With over 4 million average unique visitors per month (HitBox, Aug. – Oct. 2004), PCWorld.com, winner of the 2004 Neal Award for Best Web Site, is a leading online resource for technology product buyers and users.

About IDG

International Data Group (IDG) is the world's leading technology media, research, and event company. A privately-held company, IDG publishes more than 300 magazines and newspapers including Bio-IT World, CIO, CSO, Computerworld, GamePro, InfoWorld, Network World, and PC World. The company features the largest network of technology-specific Web sites with more than 400 around the world. IDG is also a leading producer of more than 170 computer-related events worldwide including LinuxWorld Conference & Expo®, Macworld Conference & Expo®, DEMO®, and IDC Directions. IDC provides global market research and advice through offices in 50 countries. Company information is available at http://www.idg.com.

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