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 11th Annual Shorty Awards Best Journalist

We live in a world where news and information arrives in real time, at the tips of our fingers. These journalists have taken to social media to spread their stories and tell their tales. They’re using their platforms in innovative ways and reaching the masses worldwide.

Are you a news organization proud of your work on social? Enter to win the Best in News Shorty Award.


Charlotte Wilder
Sports comedy writer Charlotte Wilder is bringing the “full range of human experience” to sports. Joining Sports Illustrated in 2018 as a senior writer, host and producer, Charlotte exercises her unique voice on her new endeavors. A star with past work at SB Nation, USA Today, HuffPost and The Boston Globe, Charlotte’s resumé combined with her eff…
Emily Chang
Host of popular television news program Bloomberg Technology, Emily Chang has built a reputation for herself as a titan in the tech industry. Having interviewed some of the biggest names in tech and people who work at the most powerful companies, Emily was inspired to write and release a book. Brotopia, her debut book released in February 2018, fo…
Gayle King
Between co-anchoring CBS This Morning and working as the Editor-at-Large for O, The Oprah Winfrey Magazine, Gayle King can reach nearly everybody every day. With her combined Twitter and Instagram following of 1M+, and Gayle is a certified journalism star, making headlines for herself almost as frequently as she writes and reports them. The Maryla…
Hannah Dreier
The San Francisco-born journalist has had quite the year as an immigration reporter at ProPublica. An already decorated journalist for her previous work in Venezuela for The Associated Press Hannah wrote extensively in 2018 about MS-13, an incredibly violent gang with ties to countries like El Salvador, Honduras and America, as well as covered the…
Lisa Ling
Journalist, producer, author and actress Lisa Ling has fostered a career by shedding light on stories often ignored. From The View to her work as Oprah’s field correspondent, Lisa Ling is now bolstering her journalism through CNN Original Series This Is Life with Lisa Ling. Lisa recently completing the show’s fifth season, trekking across America …


Al Bello
Al Bello is a master of immortalizing sport. Having built a prolific career from coverage of athletes and athletic events worldwide, Al’s innate talents quickly saw his rise from darkroom manager for The Ring magazine to a coveted and current career as Sports Photographer at Getty Images. From in-air captures of Serena Williams to mid-race action for 2018’s…
Elizabeth Weil
Author and NYT writer-at-large, Elizabeth Weil has an ability for storytelling that knows no bounds. The award-winning journalist has covered topics ranging from Olympic icons to her grandfather’s invention of the reuben, Elizabeth’s “write[s] about people who adventure for a larger purpose.” Her work is regularly covered in publications including Outside a…
John Carreyrou
Wall Street Journal investigative reporter and author John Carreyrou is an unintimidated agent of truth. The two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist lauded for his reporting excellence on European affairs and American corporate scandals is credited with exposing the recent Silicon Valley Theranos Inc. startup fraud, the topic of his 2018 New York Times b…
Kara Swisher
Already a force to be reckoned with in the world of technology business journalism, Kara Swisher managed to grow her career even more. Founder of Recode, a tech-news website that is now a part of the larger Vox Media, Kara began writing for the The New York Times Opinion Section in 2018, with a focus on the ways that technology is impacting our culture and …
Matt Danzico
“Imaginator at large,” Matt Danzico has made an enviable career out of immersion journalism. Having headed up video innovation for BBC and NBC, the globe trekking reporter and experimental filmmaker recently turned the camera toward human understanding as founder of NBC’s Left Field. Launched in 2017 with the goal to “immerse viewers in the lives of individ…
Rachel Nichols
If there was an NBA related story dominating the headlines, chances are Rachel Nichols had something to do with breaking the news. From the exclusive interview with Jimmy Butler immediately after the now-infamous practice to talking with Mark Cuban about women in his work environment, Rachel has been at the heart of his NBA season. Host of The Jump, a daily…

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 12th annual shorty awards will take place on may 3rd.