International Data Group Publications Dominate Jesse H. Neal Awards Finalist Selections

BOSTON, MA – FEBRUARY 3, 2004 – International Data Group (IDG) technology publications have been named finalists in 14 categories for Jesse H. Neal National Business Journalism awards, twice as many as any other media company. The awards, given by the American Business Media (ABM) organization, have been called the “Pulitzer Prize of the business press.”

IDG’s newest US publication, CSO magazine, a resource for chief security officers (CSOs), has captured six finalist positions. Its sister publication, CIO magazine, is a three time finalist. Last year, CIO magazine won the top honor with the 2003 Grand Neal Award.

Bio-IT World was named a finalist in three categories for 2004. It is the only life science publication to be selected as a finalist in any category. Joining CSO and CIO magazines and Bio IT World as finalists are Macworld, Computerworld, Network World, and PC World.

“IDG has always maintained the largest editorial budgets and staffs in technology publishing underscoring our commitment to our readers and advertisers,” said Pat Kenealy, CEO, International Data Group. “The Neal program recognition is third-party validation of how our investments produce publications that lead the industry.” In 2003, almost half of the 15 IDG finalists earned Neal awards.

The Neal announcement follows a year in which IDG sat atop the US technology publishing world. According to data provided by IMS/Auditor, an independent advertising tracking company, IDG was again the largest IT publisher in the US in 2003 with an ad page market share of 25.7 percent. Forty five percent of all technology advertisers chose to advertise in at least one IDG publication.

There are three finalists in various Neal categories that are segmented based on advertising/circulation revenue. The 2004 IDG finalists include:

• CSO: Finalist for: best single article, best subject-related series of articles, best regularly featured department or column, best how-to article or subject-related series of how-to articles, best single theme issue of a magazine, and best single issue of a magazine

• Bio-IT World: Finalist for: best single article, best subject-related series of articles, and best single issue of a magazine

• CIO: Finalist for: best single article and two of three finalist positions for best single issue of a magazine

• Macworld: Finalist for best single theme issue of a magazine

• Computerworld: Finalist for best single issue of a newspaper/news tabloid

• Network World: Finalist for best single issue of a newspaper/news tabloid

• PC World: Finalist for best Web site

ABM member editors reviewed a record of almost 1,300 submissions before selecting the finalists. The award winners will be announced in New York City on March 18, 2004.

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 and Expo®, COMNET® Conference and 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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