CIO Magazine Named First Winner of ASBPE’s Digital Magazine of the Year Award

CIO Magazine was recognized as Digital Magazine of the Year by ASBPE during the National Azbee Awards ceremony in Cleveland in May, reflecting the stellar efforts of the team behind the publication in developing an intuitive experience tailored especially for online readers.

The Azbee judges lauded CIO, published by IDG Communications, for developing an online format that uses an optimal mix of embedded hyperlinks, thoughtful navigation, multimedia, sharp visuals and other elements to build audience engagement. CIO is “truly an example of what a digital magazine should be – thoughtfully built with user experience at the forefront,” the judges said.

In selecting CIO for the Digital Magazine of the Year honor, the Azbee judges also praised the publication for skillfully tapping its digital design to provide its readership of chief information officers and other information technology specialists with valuable, actionable information.

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“The content was also of the highest quality, with a mix of value propositions and levels of depth, and clearly is a highly valued publication [by] its intended audience,” said the judges.

In their entry, the CIO team noted that they switched in 2021 to Turtl, a digital publishing platform that provides readers with an experience similar to what Flipboard affords readers. CIO has been an online-only publication since the last print edition of the magazine rolled off the presses in late 2015

ASBPE’s The Digital Magazine of the Year award complements the Magazine of the Year award the organization has long presented. The other finalists for the newly inaugurated award were strategy+business magazine, published by PwC, and tED magazine, from the National Association of Electrical Distributors.


Sam Silverstein

Sam Silverstein reports about the food retailing industry for Grocery Dive, a business news site published by Industry Dive. Previously, he wrote about property and casualty insurance for Money-Media, a division of the Financial Times. He has also covered the real estate business for REALTOR® Magazine and chronicled the telecommunications and aerospace industries for publications including Space News and Via Satellite. Silverstein earned bachelor's and master's degrees in journalism from The George Washington University and American University, respectively.

Silverstein currently serves as the treasurer of the ASBPE National Board of Directors.

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