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 2nd Annual Shorty Social Good 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.


AJ+ is Al Jazeera's digital-only offshoot, launched in 2014 to build a new kind of media outlet for digital natives. AJ+ has constantly experimented with new technologies and formats to push storytelling forward on different platforms. By betting on distributed, custom content and an editorial strategy centered on building audiences directly acros…
Bustle's "NSFWomen (Not Safe for Women)" Video Series
To tap into the issues millennial women care most about, Bustle debuted its first documentary series, NSFWomen (Not Safe for Women), tackling critical issues surrounding gender inequality. Episodes focused on: menstrual hygiene and how homeless women endure due to the lack of resources; how women in Ohio are changing the abortion conversation; the…
INTOmore.com: Grindr Launches a Digital Hub for LGBTQ+ Millennials
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 i…
Social Good by Mashable
Mashable's Social Good channel provides news and resources on impact, activism, identities, and innovation. It's a driving force behind the Social Good Summit, bringing together leaders, activists, celebrities, and citizens to discuss solutions to the world's biggest problems. From its "How to Help" and "Ask the Activists" series to reporting on h…
Twitter, #SheInspiresMe
Inclusion and diversity are fundamental tenets of how Twitter acts as a company. One important component of this is empowering and celebrating women around the world, a cause which we call #SheInspiresMe. Prior to this project, our #SheInspiresMe messaging had been focused on repurposing existing content, published at culturally relevant dates suc…


AccuWeather Ready
AccuWeather is the largest, most accurate source of weather forecasts and warnings in the world. Our mission is to save lives, protect property, and help people prosper. AccuWeather Ready is a new weather safety and preparedness program that takes our unwavering commitment, leadership and expertise even further to keep people prepared, safe and out of harm'…
Bustle's "The Bodcast"
While "Body Positivity" has become a popular buzzword among brands and publishers, it has been a core part of Bustle's values and mission since launching in 2013. Bustle has led the way with features such as "A Body Project," a body positive photo series with renowned photographer Substantia Jones (https://www.bustle.com/a-body-project) and our commitment t…
Charlie Foxtrot
"Charlie Foxtrot" exposes a military policy that strips service members of their benefits and veteran status when they're suffering from medical conditions that were fueled by the trauma of war.Over the course of this six month investigation, we profiled those struggling to live a productive life without needed medical care while facing the stigma of losing…
Direct from Hawaii: The Fight for Land
Fusion Covers the Fight at Standing Rock
The Economist World Ocean Summit
Championing social progress has been the genetic code in The Economist's DNA since it was founded in 1843: "a severe contest between intelligence which presses forward, and an unworthy, timid ignorance obstructing our progress". Today this manifests itself in our editorial commitment to gay rights, the right to die, protecting the environment and many other…
The Young Turks
The mission of TYT is, "To pursue truth, drive social change, and become a digital campfire around the world." With its ability to reach millions of people through its daily news show, TYT uses its platform to shed light on the issues and policies that affect all Americans. Through their news commentary and investigative reporting TYT aims to provide a voic…

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.