IDG’S PC World Wins Two Prestigious Neal Awards

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – MARCH 15, 2001 – Yesterday, at a ceremony for the 2001 Jesse H. Neal National Business Journalism Awards, American Business Media presented PC World's editors the prize for "Best Single Issue" and "Best Regularly Featured Department or Column." The editors were also finalists in the "Best Single Article" category. Solid journalism is a hallmark of the competition, which honors editorial achievement in the business-to-business magazine industry. PC World leads high-tech publishing with 12 Neal Awards-plus back-to-back Grand Neal Awards in 1999 and 2000.


"The editorial team is proud of what these awards represent: excellence in business journalism," commented Kevin McKean, PC World editorial director. "It's an accomplishment to have finalists in three categories-especially ones that highlight the editorial, Test Center and art departments' cumulative strengths. To win a Neal Award for a whole issue is a real testament to the depth and talent of the entire staff, and it's equally gratifying to receive recognition from our peers in the business press for our service journalism."

A well-balanced mix of news, reviews, features, and analysis, PC World's June 2000 issue captured the "Best Single Issue" honors. The issue includes a reader survey on the best and worst places to buy a new computer, a features package on the status of Internet privacy, and tips for using Web auctions to grow a business. The news section offers an exclusive examination of printer manufacturers' speed ratings as well as breaking stories on Sony's PlayStation II (months before the systems were available in the United States), Microsoft's new Windows Me operating system, the latest version of Netscape, and much more.

The "Best Department" winner, "Consumer Watch" helps PC World readers avoid the common mistakes and hidden traps that can aggravate computer product buyers, cost them time and money, and compromise their privacy. In March, the editors show how advertisers can track virtually every click Web surfers make, shredding the anonymity most people prize on the

Iinternet. April's column revealed the obscure fine print that Internet service providers use to cut off customers' service. In October, "Consumer Watch" reported on manufacturers' efforts to stop software piracy-efforts that can significantly interfere with buyers' ability to use programs they already own.

The August 2000 investigation "PC Repair Undercover" was a finalist for "Best Single Article." In this story, PC World editors, in partnership with an undercover team from the TV newsmagazine Dateline NBC, investigated 18 repair shops in six states to see how they fared on the following measures: accuracy, speed, price, and service. Identical PCs were purchased, disabled, and brought in for repair. More than an exposé, the article also provided practical advice and troubleshooting tips to help readers avoid the potential pitfalls of PC repair.

The entire PC World editorial and art department staff is honored for their efforts on the June 2000 issue. For "Consumer Watch," the following journalists are congratulated: Christina Wood, Roberta Furger, Harry McCracken, Ed Albro, Stephen Compton, Steven Gray, Robin Briskin, and Barbara Adamson. For "PC Repair Undercover" these editors, writers, and designers are acknowledged: Gregg Keizer, Anush Yegyazarian, Harry McCracken, Steven Gray, Beth Kamoroff, and Robert Kanes.

Hailed as the "Pulitzer Prize of the business press," the Jesse H. Neal National Business Journalism Awards recognize and reward excellence in independent business publications. The Neal Awards are presented annually to those editors who have submitted entries exhibiting journalistic enterprise, extent of service to the field, and editorial craftsmanship. This year, American Business Media received a record 1,170 entries from member publications. Twenty-three winners were selected from 69 finalists by a distinguished panel of judges led by Marshall Loeb.

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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