5th Annual Shorty Social Good Awards Categories

Entries are now closed. Finalists will be announced in mid-October!

Best in News and Media

This award recognizes the most effective use of digital and/or traditional media channels to disseminate news and information that will make the world a better place. Submissions for both coverage of specific news events and for overall performance will be accepted.

See previous winners and honorees here.
AARP: Helping the 50+ Community Navigate COVID-19
In March 2020, the United States was plunged into the COVID-19 pandemic. As a society, we were dealing with something we’d never faced before; there was little information and a lot of fear. As the situation unfolded, it became evident that older adults were the most at-risk for social isolation, severe illness and death from the new coronavirus. And as hot…
CNN Heroes
Since 2007, CNN Heroes has honored hundreds of everyday people who are making the world a better place. We shine a light on folks who, too often, work hard and work selflessly in obscurity. CNN is the #1 name in news, and CNN Heroes exposes these inspiring individuals and their nonprofits to a global audience. CNN Heroes actively works with honorees to rais…
Goalcast best in news and media
Sensationalism and fear is not what will make this world a better place. Goalcast bravely stands against the tide and tells the stories that seldom make traditional news. We share the stories that highlight the beauty of humanity, the inspiring acts of every-day heroes and the possibilities that lie on the other side of fear. After watching our content, ins…
Important, Not Important newsletter
The world is changing faster than anyone could have ever imagined -- from COVID to climate, from clean energy to antibiotics, war to artificial intelligence. The deluge of news is nearly impossible to fully digest, much less act upon. And yet it's more vital than ever that each of us understand what's going on, and how it's all connected. How this change af…
Lessons of Auschwitz: VR tribute by school students
The Holocaust. One of the most inhumane events in history in which approximately 6 million Jews were deliberately and systematically exterminated during World War II by the nazis. The Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland and its endless barracks in ruins, remain one of the world’s most painful memorial sites and serve as a living reminder of what evil can…
Soapbox: Unpopular opinions expressed loudly 🧼 To share thought-provoking opinions based on hard facts; 🧼 To expose injustice and systemic failure across the globe; 🧼 To demand better from the people we put in power;  🧼 To break down bipartisan debate into real conversations about what really matters  
Start Here
Al Jazeera Digital’s video explainer series Start Here was created to help people re-engage in important global conversations. Every week we unpack the big issues for people who might be confused, overwhelmed or just feeling out of touch with what’s going on.  When the coronavirus took hold in March, large parts of the world went into lockdown. We went i…
The Endless Letter on Instagram Stories
Between 1941 and 1945 over 25 million letters were posted and delivered in the USSR. Ahead of the 75th anniversary of the Victory against Nazi Germany we have revealed a unique collection of 7,000 letters that were carefully preserved for decades in family archives. So we decided to give them a new read in the format of Instagram Stories. “Endless Letter…
In response to the global social and political unrest  of 2019 (Catalonia, Haiti, Ecuador, Chile, Bolivia, Colombia, Lebanon, France etc) and the Black Lives Matter movement in 2020, we wanted to give coverage and attention to what was happening in a visually interesting way that would reach a massive audience via social media without compromising on provid…

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.

finalists for the 5th annual shorty social good awards will be announced in mid-october!