Two computer titles win top awards.

Computerworld and SC Magazine took top honors as the 2010 winners of the annual Magazine of the Year competition. The contest is part of the annual Azbee Awards of Excellence sponsored by the American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE).

A panel of judges selects 10 finalists in categories for publications with revenues of $2 million or more, and of less than $2 million, and then chooses a winner in each division. Judges from the professional B2B magazine-editing world evaluated three consecutive issues from each entrant, examining their writing, reporting, and editing; their usefulness to and interactivity with readers; editorial organization; and layout and design.

Computerworld
beat out nine other finalists to win the prestigious award. Judges selected the magazine as the winner in the over $2 million category due to its nice design, great use of illustrations, organization and clean look. One judge said the magazine was “amazing for a weekly publication,” and another said “it tackles timely issues and it’s well done.”

SC Magazine won in the under $2 million category for its “clean design” and “well organized layout.” One of the judges said, “you know where you are in the publication,” while another complimented the magazine for its quick, easy pullout data and number of entry points for the reader. The publication also won for its ability to cover relevant topics and as one judge put it, “to get the job done.”

ASBPE also congratulates the other top-performing magazines that were the finalists in the 2010 Magazine of the Year competition.

The Finalists

ASBPE named these Magazine of the Year finalists in the $2 million or more division:

  • Architect
  • Associations Now
  • Bloomberg Businessweek (Honorable Mention)
  • Building Design + Construction
  • CFO
  • Computerworld (Winner)
  • HR Magazine
  • Overdrive
  • Restaurants & Institutions
  • Security Management (Honorable Mention)

These Magazine of the Year finalists were named in the less than $2 million division:

  • Chain Leader (Honorable Mention)
  • Emergency Management (Honorable Mention)
  • Exhibitor Magazine
  • Move
  • Oregon Business
  • Residential Architect
  • SC Magazine (Winner)
  • Strategy + Business
  • Vineyard & Winery Management
  • Wearables

Other Major Awards

In addition to selecting the Magazine of the Year finalists, ASBPE will also name this year’s winner of the Stephen Barr Award for special excellence in feature writing at the Western regional banquet from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 17, at the Plaza III Restaurant in Kansas City, Missouri.

The regional and national award winners will be listed on this website as soon as they’re announced at the regional award ceremonies. The Midwest-South and Northeast category winners have already been honored at regional banquets. The Western regional winners will be announced on Aug. 17 in Kansas City, and the Central-Southeast winners will be announced on Aug. 20 in Washington, D.C.

See the list of the 2010 award winners (66K PDF).