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Be a BLOG IDOL with Computerworld CanadaCanada's technology source looks for the next great tech blogger, with thousands in prizes on the line
TORONTO, ONTARIO–(Marketwire – April 21, 2008) – Computerworld Canada, the country's leading magazine and online source of enterprise technology news and opinion, today announced BLOG IDOL, a talent contest to find the next great computer technology blogger.

“We know there are a lot of talented and insightful bloggers covering the technology market in Canada,” said Shane Schick, Computerworld Canada editor. “We want to give them a forum that exposes them to a wider readership base, and let that audience be the judge of whose content is most relevant, useful and entertaining to them.”

BLOG IDOL contestants will be given a theme to explore each week from May 19 to June 13, 2008. The winners will be determined by traffic generated, audience support and overall audience weblog ratings. Canada's BLOG IDOL – the tech writer generating the most traffic – wins $1,000 cash. Other prizes include a Nikon CoolPix digital camera and gift certificates from Starbucks coffee.

“This blog-for-money BLOG IDOL contest is a great way for us to engage our readers and kick-start the dialogue about the issues that are important to information technology professionals today,” Schick said. “We're thrilled to be offering the opportunity to let our readers shape that dialogue.”

Contestants can enter at www.blogidol.ca to enter the tech blog competition to win prizes. Registration opens April 15, 2008. The deadline for registration is May 2, 2008. Winners will be announced June 17, 2008.

Computerworld Canada is a publication of IT World Canada, part of the worldwide IDG family of enterprise technology publications and Web sites. Other IT World Canada publications include Network World Canada, CIO, CIO Government Review, Computer Dealer News, and the online-only PC World Canada and ITBusiness.ca. IT World Canada is now the largest enterprise technology news source in Canada, with a staff of award-winning writers, editors and artists. Visit IT World Canada online at www.itworldcanada.com and subscribe to our weekly subject-specific newsletters on enterprise applications, desktop resources, voice and data networking, public sector technology and more.

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