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.

Best in News & Media

This award recognizes the most effective use of social media or digital 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.
Al Jazeera English Website
Al Jazeera English Online had a truly breakout year in 2020 with unstoppable global news coverage and a growing portfolio of digital native content leading to YoY growth of +89% and nearly 1 billion pageviews.  Our objective has always been to be one of the most pre-eminent sources of international news – with a strong focus on the Middle East and human …
Bloomberg Quicktake, global news designed for social and streaming platforms
Born as social first news, Bloomberg Quicktake delivers global 24/7 streaming news video for the next generation of leaders and business minded consumers.  We’re living in a moment of massive change where consumers are looking for reliable sources to help them understand what’s happening in the world around the clock. Quicktake delivers news video clip…
Ejaz
“Al Jazeera Arabic Digital Newsroom believes that the social media impact on journalism is crystal clear” Al Jazeera presents the 1st Arabic newsy product “EJAZ” إيجاز From breaking stories to engaging with the audience in real-time, there are so many opportunities and responsibilities for Arab journalists today through social. And for sure, it c…
Go There – CNN’s daily Facebook Watch show
Our main objective was to build a community around CNN’s audiences on Facebook by engaging the next generation of news junkies. CNN is unmatched in global reach. Go There puts the audience at the center of the story and allows them to not only consume the news of the day but get context and color they can’t get anywhere else by allowing users to ask questio…
Living in the Unknown
“What do you do when even your memories of home are fading?” Living in the Unknown, a multimedia web experience produced by Al Jazeera's immersive storytelling and media innovation studio, AJ Contrast, explores the stories of four young Uighur women fighting to preserve their identity and culture amidst the fear of being erased. Having escaped from China, t…
MTV News Need to Know
MTV News’s flagship news video franchise Need to Know launched on MTV News’s Twitter feed in December of 2018 with the goal of providing a fresh, real-time perspective on the issues that matter most to Gen Z and millennials. Originally tasked with producing 10 new episodes per week, the show’s primary focus was on music, entertainment, and youth culture. Ea…
Mailing-it-in: The storied history of mail in voting
As the coronavirus forced the U.S. to grapple with the integrity of mail-in voting infrastructure ahead of the 2020 election, CBS News’ Face The Nation decided to inform their viewers about the history of mail in voting to help combat misinformation. The goal was to crunch the data and information into a simple to understand and digest story, that gives con…
TYT
TYT is America’s largest online progressive news network, recently celebrating 15 years of live streaming, and was among YouTube’s first channel partners. TYT's mission is to boldly pursue truth, challenge the establishment and drive positive change. That focus is evident in the stories TYT chooses to cover every day on the network's flagship show, The Youn…
The Killing of Willie McCoy
In light of the tragic death of George Floyd, a number of prior cases involving police brutality against Black and Hispanic men were immediately subject to further public scrutiny. The City of Vallejo Police Department in northern California was being prosecuted for a litany of police brutality cases against people of colour. In response, and in an attempt …

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, Snapchat, and the rest of the social web.

shorty awards finalists will be announced in mid-march!