IDG’s Wins Prestigious Award From The Society Of Professional Journalists

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – APRIL 15, 2004 – Earlier this week, won a 2003 Sigma Delta Chi Excellence in Journalism Award for Best Investigative Reporting by an online publication. Sponsored by the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), the awards are given to those who exhibit “dignity and responsibility to the profession of journalism.”

“Beware Mystery Fees for Web Services” (, posted April 21, 2003, was the result of a two-month investigation into the “cramming” of phone bills – adding third-party charges for Internet and telephone-related services to a home or business phone bill. Though “cramming” is not new, this was one of the first cases in which the problem had moved to the Internet age. Tom Spring, PC World Senior Reporter/Online News, researched public records, coaxed information from duped telecom companies, and established a confidential “deep throat” source who revealed valuable information about the illegal business dealings. The state of Florida later investigated companies named in the article.

“This distinction is a great honor for PC World and,” said Harry McCracken, Vice President, Editor in Chief, PC World. “We’re proud that this story has been acknowledged not just as superior technology reporting, but as outstanding investigative journalism, period. Congratulations to everyone involved.”

This year, the SPJ named 49 winners from more than 1,350 entries. The awards will be presented on July 9th at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. was also recently honored with the 2004 Neal Award for Best Web Site and the 2003 min’s Best of the Web Award for Online Excellence.

About PC World:

PC World Communications, Inc. is the publisher of PC World and ( and is a subsidiary of IDG. The winner of the 2003 Eddie Award for Editorial Excellence, PC World is the most widely-read technology or business publication with a readership of 7.1 million (IntelliQuest CIMS v10.0: unduplicated, combined Business & Home Average Issue Audience). With an average of 4.3 million unique visitors per month (HitBox, Jan. – Mar. 2004),, 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