13th Annual Shorty Awards Categories

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

From the 10th Annual Shorty Awards Best in News & Media

This award recognizes the most effective use of social media to disseminate news and information. Submissions for both coverage of specific news events and for overall performance will be accepted.

See previous winners and honorees here.


Los Angeles Times Presents “Dirty John” Podcast Series
LA Times and Wondery (an audio on-demand media network) partnered to launch a multiplatform (content piece) narrative journalism miniseries to premiere simultaneously in print, online and via podcast to drive reader engagement, brand enthusiasm and encourage podcast listens.
The New Yorker on Social Media
We put the power of our social platforms—and our reporting—behind the year's most consequential stories, most notably Donald Trump's first year in office, and allegations of sexual assault and harassment by the film executive Harvey Weinstein that have resulted in seismic shifts in Hollywood, media, and beyond. Coverage in the magazine and on the …
The Washington Post
Democracy Dies in Darkness. A nearly nonstop news year, 2017 brought a special counsel investigation into a presidential campaign, a series of catastrophic natural disasters, an escalating nuclear threat from North Korea and a cascade of sexual misconduct allegations against powerful men.The Post approached 2017 as it does every year: to cover…
VG on Snapchat Discover
Note: Please see the attached links for a more visual experience of this information!Being the largest newspaper in Norway, VG's goal is to be the number one destination for news. But like many publishers, VG had difficulties reaching the younger audiences. Especially the ones between 13 and 24 years old, - our future readers. At the beginning of …
War in the Koreas
Amid Kim Jong-un and President Trump's war of words threatening nuclear annihilation, the "Direct From" team traveled to the Korean peninsula to explore how South Korea and its U.S. allies were preparing to respond in the event of an attack.


Hurricane Maria Coverage in Puerto Rico
We began with an assignment: tell the story of what's happening in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria. Our objective developed out of the need to continuously inform people of what was happening on an island that was in the dark.Millions of stateside Puerto Ricans were desperate for information, desperate to know if their relatives and friends were O.K. The …
As the world's largest social networking app for gay, bi, curious and queer men, Grindr saw an opportunity to be more than just a place for the global GBTQ community to connect. Just as gay bars evolved into being centers of community, activism and information for the gay people, Grindr, too, felt the need to evolve and expand the role it played in the live…
Keeping Up With the Tweeter in Chief
Donald Trump has rewritten the presidential playbook, forever changing the way a president talks, acts and even tweets. Bloomberg Politics' social accounts followed him every step of the way.We provided readers with smart, fast and comprehensive coverage of Trump's rollercoaster first year in office across platforms. Bloomberg relied on the one thing that t…
Mashable on Social Media
Mashable is a media and entertainment company for superfans. We're obsessed with culture and tech, and our ideas shape the future. Our voice is progressive, clever, smart, and accessible, and we enthusiastically invite passionate audiences to join our conversation. Mashable's social reach extends to 48 million followers across Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, I…
WIRED Social Media
While many publishers use social media as a megaphone to broadcast their stories and drive traffic to their sites, WIRED employs it as a tool to enlighten our audience with unique, beautifully designed information. Our goal isn't to pull you into the WIRED world, but to bring the WIRED world to you: where you want it, when you want it, in ways you haven't s…
War on terror reconsidered | reTHINK TANK
Our first objective with any of our videos is to take our scholars' research (which is often dense and aimed at experts) and adapt it into a compelling video product that can be enjoyed by a broader audience. The reThink Tank series specifically aims to challenge prevailing cultural and media narratives. In this case, our goal is to get viewers to rethink t…

About the Shorty Awards

The Shorty Awards honor the best of social media.

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