Magazine of the Year Awards Presented by ASBPE
Public CIO and Builder magazines were named Magazines of the Year and PCWorld.com earned Web Publication of the Year at the 29th Annual Azbee Awards of Excellence, hosted by the American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE). The awards, presented at a banquet during the ASBPE’s National Editorial Conference last Thursday in New York City, were handed out in more than 50 print, digital and multi-platform categories for editorial and graphic excellence. The banquet also honored magazine designer, author and Publishing Executive magazine columnist Jan White with the ASBPE’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
CFO, CIO and Computerworld magazines led all publications with 11 national awards each.
“The level of excellence [of this year’s winners] seemed extraordinarily high editorially,” says Roy Harris, ASBPE’s outgoing president and senior editor of CFO. Harris noted that more than 2,600 entries were submitted for consideration in the competition, now in its 29th year of existence.
Builder earned honors as the top magazine in the 80,000+ circulation category, while Public CIO took home the award for magazines with circulations of less than 80,000. Judges commented that Builder is “editorially challenging … takes gutsy approaches to issues … examines major national issues and their affect on readers … [features] transcendent reporting … meets its mission … [has] great typography.”
Of Public CIO, judges remarked “top tier … compelling information everyone has an interest in … brings ordinary subject matter to higher level … goes above and beyond … great magazine without flaunting itself … appears effortless … reader friendly.”
PCWorld.com’s vast video offerings earned it recognition from judges, who called the site “well-organized, authoritative, informative and entertaining. Inventory of how-to videos is a big plus. The presence of video for describing tips, test drives and case studies, coupled with interactive attributes such as polls and tips from the readers, enable PCWorld’s Web site to be one of the most useful Web sites of its kind.”