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James Beard Journalism Awards to Go Platform-Neutral

The Beard Awards have taken a step into the digital era: The James Beard Foundation announced today that their journalism awards will now be based on content categories, putting online and print on the same playing field: "For the first time in the history of the Journalism Awards, judging will be based solely on content and not on the outlet."

According to the press release, the name of each individual category has been changed to reflect the switch (the award for "Newspaper Feature Writing About Restaurants and/or Chefs," for example, is now ""Food-related Feature"), and a brand-new category, Publication of the Year, has been added to recognize excellence in one of the following platforms: magazine, newspaper, or website. More details — including the full press release — on Eater National.

(For newfound blogger applicants, downloadable entry forms for the 2011 James Beard Foundation Awards will be available noon EDT on October 15 at
· Beard Journalism Awards Go Platform-Neutral and No Longer Ghettoize Online Writing [-E-]