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.

Influencers

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.

Best Journalist

News travels fast, and when something happens in one part of the world, information arrives in real time at the tips of our fingers so we all know what’s going on. These journalists use social media and the latest technologies to spread their stories and tell us what is happening in the world.

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

Finalists

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Caitlin Dickerson
New York Times National Desk immigration reporter and CNN analyst Caitlin Dickerson has taken sourcing to the next level. During her tenure at the Times, she’s broken several stories on deportation and imprisonment of undocumented immigrants, shedding light in the most hidden of places. Starting in June 2019, she was among the first to report on o…
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Hannah Morales
Hannah Reyes Morales is a documentary photographer from the Philippines who has built an audience by, as she says, capturing "tenderness amidst adversity." Her work is focused on people existing in liminal spaces and difficult situations, depicting "individuals mired in complex situations created by inequality, poverty, and impunity." Hannah’s evo…
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Mina Kimes
In recent years, LA-based investigative journalist Mina Kimes has become a leading voice in the sports journalism world. Mina is the host of the hit podcast ESPN Daily, which launched in October of this past year, in addition to her own podcast The Mina Kimes Show. In addition to writing for ESPN since 2014, Mina has made numerous appearances as a…
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Mona Chalabi
Data journalist and visualizer Mona Chalabi touches on some of the most personal aspects of the modern condition, from smoking rates to cost of living to rent, using empirical illustrations of data and economics with a unique artistic twist. In 2019, she brought her approach to Netflix’s panel show The Fix. She is also known for her work with Five…
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Stephen A. Smith
One of the biggest names in sports journalism, Stephen A. Smith is a longtime co-host on ESPN First Take and frequent contributor to SportsCenter. In addition to his on-camera commentary on news in the sports world, Stephen is well known for his scorching hot takes and catchphrases, many of which he delivers on his Twitter and Instagram pages. In …
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Yamiche Alcindor
Yamiche Alcindor is one of the preeminent journalists when it comes to politics, working as the White House Correspondent for PBS’ NewsHour and contributes regularly to NBC News and MSNBC. With 275K+ followers on her account, she’s also a regular contributor to Twitter, where Yamiche frequently updates the world on the latest happenings from withi…

Nominees

Ben Smith
While there are a lot of journalists on Twitter, few have the kind of breadth of knowledge and insight that Buzzfeed editor-in-chief Ben Smith brings to the table. His combination of insider access with a distanced off-the-beltway approach to understanding the news of the day makes him a valuable follower for any media junkie. 2019 was full of hits for Ben.…
Fareed Zakaria
Fareed Zakaria has been a mainstay in journalism for years, hosting a weekly show on CNN and writing weekly articles for The Washington Post. For his fans who want Fareed more than once a week, he frequently tweets out to his 940K+ Twitter followers and posts pictures from his life’s travels on his highly relatable Instagram to 14K+ followers. As his fans c…
Glenn Kessler
In a world where we’re constantly trying to figure out fact from fiction, Glenn Kessler has himself a very difficult job. That’s because he’s the Editor in Chief of the Fact Checker section of The Washington Post. In this section, Glenn tracks statements made by politicians and rates them on a scale of 1-4 pinocchios, one being truth and four being a lie. A…
Jane Mayer
Investigative reporter Jane Mayer is one of the most recognizable voices in the media today. Known for her deep research into an array of topics, she has been a staff writer at The New Yorker for over two decades. Jane added to her already impressive resume by writing two of the most popular pieces for The New Yorker in 2019; one on the accusations against …
Jim Waterson
British editor for The Guardian Jim Waterson covers all things media and politics, from the happenings behind the scenes at the BBC to the Royal Family and beyond. A former editor for Buzzfeed UK, he was a valuable source of information for readers during the recent UK elections, giving updates on important events like Brexit. Currently with more than 230K …
Jose Diaz-Balart
Jose Diaz-Balart is the host of Noticias Telemundo as well as NBC's Nightly News every Saturday night. Basically what we're saying, is that Jose delivers the news into the homes of millions of Americans on a weekly basis. This type of consistency, honestly and integrity-filled journalism has made him a big name in the news game, cultivating a strong relatio…

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.

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