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.

From the 8th Annual Shorty Awards Best Journalist

The most popular journalists in the world live and breathe social platforms and must be on Twitter to stay relevant, research stories and share breaking news. These journalists let their audience know real-time answers to real-world questions, while speaking in a relevant and honest voice through Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and more.

Brand entries using social media in this space can be found in the Best in News Shorty Award.


Glenn Greenwald
Glenn Greenwald is a journalist for The Intercept who is best known for his unearthing of Edward Snowden’s documents detailing the US and British global surveillance programs. An American living in Brazil, Glenn is decorated with journalism awards, most notable the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for public service for his work on the NSA reporting for The G…
Jenna Wortham
Jenna Wortham covers start-ups and digital culture for The New York Times and previously for Wired.com, Vogue, and Bust, commenting on technology as it relates to current events, culture impact, and societal norms. In a PI.co interview, the writer called her “the voice of the Snapchat generation, throwing herself into the change before making it a…
Kara Swisher
Kara Swisher has covered digital issues for The Wall Street Journal, produced the D: All Things Digital conference, written two books on the history of AOL, and is the Executive Editor and co-founder of online magazine Re/Code, which has all the news on Silicon Valley, along with tech reviews, videos, and think pieces from some of tech’s greatest …
Nicholas Kristof
Resident New York Times columnist and human rights activist, Nicholas has earned two Pulitzer Prizes for his work covering Tiananmen Square and the genocide in Darfur. He and his wife Sheryl have written many books, most recently the bestseller Half the Sky, which launched a social movement to end worldwide oppression of women. Today, he writes an…
Ta-Nehisi Coates
Ta-Nehisi Coates covers African-American cultural and political issues in The Atlantic. His 2015 Between the World and Me book won the National Book Award for Nonfiction. He gained attention taking to Twitter to call out liberal magazines, like The New Republic, for being racist, and his Twitter account became the go-to spot for news on racially m…


Ben Lowy
Ben Lowy was one of the first embedded photojournalists to shoot war images on his iPhone, making a case for filters in professional photography—his iLibya: Uprising by iPhone series covered the Arab Spring using the Hipstamatic app. In 2013, he joined up with pro photography social-media community EyeEm, sharing images with news outlets and other photogs. …
Brian Stelter
Brian Stelter started news blogging in his teenage years with TVNewser. An early Twitter adopter, he moved to The New York Times to push their content in the social media space before hosting CNN’s Reliable Sources—“The story behind the story—how news and pop culture get made." Brian’s youth and devotion to getting the deeper story haven’t always made him a…
Callie Schweitzer
An award-winning journalist with The New York Times, Mashable, and People, Callie Schweitzer now tweets for TIME Inc. as the Editorial Director of Audience Strategy. Callie’s Twitter feed has been listed as one of the world’s best (by TIME), and under her watch, TIME doubled its internet traffic in a single year. Callie curates content for the masses—if you…
Erin Griffith
Erin Griffith is a staff writer for Fortune (also seen in Adweek, TIME, and Entrepreneur), covering the intersections of business and technology. She opted to be a journalist because, “It seemed more practical than writing books." Currently, she’s following video, messaging apps, the Internet of Things, mobile workforce, and marketplaces. She’s often featur…
Kim Hjelmgaard
Based in Berlin, Kim Hjelmgaard is the Deputy Foreign Editor for USA Today. Kim keeps everything on the record whether he’s writing a piece or taking iPhone photos of his interviewees for his Tumblr account, which collects stories through pictures in real-time. This year, he traveled with migrants crossing into Austria, Serbia, Croatia, Macedonia, and Greec…
Yamiche Alcindor
Named 2013’s Emerging Journalist of the Year by the National Association of Black Journalists, Yamiche Alcindor reports on national politics, and, in 2014, covered the Ferguson protests from the frontlines, tweeting about getting stung with tear gas. Her social-media coverage moved her from multimedia journalist at USA Today to reporter at The New York Time…

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.

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