12th Annual Shorty Awards Categories

The final deadline to vote for your favorite nominee or to enter your brand or organization was on Thursday, February 20th, 2020.


Honoring the most notable and viral influencers and creators from 2020. See below for official categories.

Brands & Organizations

The Shorty Awards honor the talented agencies, brands, and industry leaders behind the best and most innovative work on social media channels, campaigns, websites and applications.

From the 4th Annual Shorty Social Good Awards

CNN’s “Champions for Change"

Entered in Video Series

About this entry

In today’s contentious news environment, it’s easy to overlook those average people who quietly make big, positive impacts on society. “Champions for Change” spotlighted the unforgettable change makers, told their stories and inspired others to do good. 

Why does this entry deserve to win?

We asked twelve CNN anchors to each identify one person they’ve covered in the course of their careers who they just couldn’t forget. The anchors tracked these unsung heroes down, reconnected and expanded their stories. We posted the segments onto a landing page along with video essays by the anchors about the importance of challenging the status-quo and striving for positive change.


The “Champions for Change” pieces yielded surprising, poignant and even life-saving results. Each story promoted heroic traits like grit, creativity and compassion that motivated our audience to do their own great things. One example: Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s report about a suicide survivor empowered two women to stop a man from taking his own life.


Video for CNN’s “Champions for Change"

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About the Shorty Awards

The Shorty Awards honor the best of social media.

Millions of people participate in The Shortys to recognize individuals and organizations producing great content on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Twitch, TikTok, and the rest of the social web.

the final deadline FOR voting and entering in the 12th annual shorty awards WAS on thursday, FEB 20TH.