IDG Communications dominated the annual ABP Bell Awards for Excellence announced Friday, winning the top two major awards, six of the eight awards for editorial excellence, two of the three electronic publishing awards and the award for magazine launch of the year.
The Australian Business Publishers Association (ABP) annually recognises excellence in business and specialist publishing with the ABP Bell Awards, now in its fifth year. More than 600 print and online publications were eligible for nomination this year, and there were more than 250 entries, according to the ABP.
Australian Reseller News was the winner in "Best Product Information Series of the Year" for the second year in a row. This award is due recognition of the effort ARN puts into its product features which continually rate high on reader surveys as some of the most valuable editorial we produce.
Regular readers of ARN's product features will understand well the value added by the pure channel focus given o many of the most popular IT product lines. Those who are unfamiliar should take a read as these features continually rate at the top of our reader surveys in relation to value offered.
Other success at the Bell Awards cam for ARN came in the form of the magazine's NSW state sales manager, Tessa Hoult, who was highly commended as "Advertising Salesperson of the Year".
Meanwhile, ARN's sister publication, CIO received the top award - "Business Magazine of the Year". CIO also won awards for "Best Editorial Issues Campaign of the Year", "Best Case Studies of the Year", "Best Analytical Writing of the Year" and "Business Publishing Printing Project of the Year". It was highly commended in the categories "Best Opinion Segment Series" and "Best Single Issue Graphic Design".
PC World received the other major award, "Best Specialist Magazine of the Year". PC World's web site was also named as "Electronic Editorial Product of the Year". In addition, PC World was highly commended in the categories "Best Product Information Series", "Best Case Studies Series" and "Best Analytical Writing". PC World's Scott Mendham was highly commended as "Best Newcomer to Journalism."
The Industry Standard Australia, launched earlier this year, was recognised as "Magazine Launch of the Year". Its web site was named "Best Publishers Web Site". Industry Standard columnists Neale Morison and John Birmingham were joint winners of "Best Opinion Segment Series of the Year".
Computerworld's Lauren Thomsen-Moore was recognised as "Best Newcomer to Journalism".
In all, IDG won in 12 of the 28 categories in which awards were given, and had a total of 59 finalists.