IDG’s PCWorld Wins Three National ASBPE Awards For Editorial, Online and Design Excellence

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – JUNE 26, 2003 – At an award ceremony held last week in Washington, D.C., PC World was honored with three national awards by the American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE). Given annually to acknowledge all-around superior products, the Gold, Silver, and Bronze awards were presented to, the Consumer Watch Column, and for Graphics Excellence, respectively. In addition, PC World was named one of the Top 10 Magazines of the Year (circ. 80,000+) out of 177 entries.

"These honors recognize PC World's tradition of serving the needs of our tech-savvy management audience," commented Harry McCracken, editor of PC World."Presented by our peers, the ASBPEs acknowledge that our print and online products meet the highest standards of excellence. Congratulations to the entire staff!"

The following PC World staffers were involved in the winning entries:

Gold Award: Online Excellence for Original Web Database – Product Finder – Andrew Eisner, Pierre Granier, Jim Hutson, Robert Kanes, David Lake, Kevin McKean, Ramon"Bud"McLeod, and Matthew Newton

Silver Award: Editorial Excellence for Regular Column, Contributed – Consumer Watch, September and October, 2002 –Ed Albro, Grace Aquino, Andrew Brandt, Stephen Compton, Anne Kandra, Kristina Saar, and Marlene Tobias

Bronze Award: Graphics Excellence for Computer-Generated Front Cover – June 2002 – Robert Kanes, Kate Godfrey, Greg Silva, and Pete Hoey's Product Finder won the Gold Award for Online Excellence for Original Web Database. Allowing readers to search by product name or type, Product Finder melds PC Worlds evaluations with PriceGrabber's constantly updated price comparisons.

The September and October 2002 Consumer Watch columns brought home a Silver for Editorial Excellence for a Regular Column, Contributed. The September column dealt with vendor consolidation and how it affects products and choices, and the October column exposed how the Web is fueling an explosion of identity theft. Both articles provided advice to help consumers avoid perils or maximize market situations.

Rounding out the awards was a Bronze for Graphics Excellence for Computer-Generated Front Cover. The June 2002 Ultimate How-To Guide issue cover combined a graphic"How-To"hook with a strong teaser-driven tips angle to create a clear special-issue emphasis. An elegant, active starburst background helped support the message.

PC World also won a total of 17 Western Regional ASBPE awards for regular departments, columns, illustrations and graphics, as well as a special section.

For more than 20 years, the American Society of Business Publication Editors' Awards of Excellence have honored the hard work and commitment to excellence by trade publication editors and graphic designers. This year the ASBPE received over 2,100 total entries in editorial, Web, and graphics categories.

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 2002 Folio: Editorial Excellence Award, PC World is the world's most widely-read computer publication with a readership of almost 6.3 million (MRI, Spring 2003). With an average of 1.6 million unique visitors per month (Nielsen//NetRatings, February – April 2003; U.S. only), 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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