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 9th Annual Shorty Awards Journalist

While everyone claims that print newspapers are dying, journalism is more alive than ever on social media, with writers and reporters taking to Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat, and any other platform they can to reach readers 24/7. The news doesn’t stop, and neither do our nominees, who have accomplished newsworthy things themselves this year.

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Al Roker
For the past 20 years, America has woken up to Al Roker’s weather forecast on the Today show and laughed along with his cheery antics. Al is the loveable and trusted sidekick to an ever-changing morning show cast. Now he’s brought his toothy grin straight to social media, launching Roker Media this year as a platform to live stream content created…
Andrew Kaczynski
He made waves this year after taking his entire KFILE investigative reporting team from BuzzFeed to CNN in the heat of the election, Andrew Kaczynski is also one of the most hilariously forthcoming people on Twitter. From meaningless observations about fast food restaurants to unearthing hypocritical past tweets from Donald Trump, @KFILE shares hi…
Jacqui Cheng
Chicago-based journalist Jacqui Cheng is the editor-in-chief of The Wirecutter and The Sweethome, two online solutions for tech shoppers that list and review the latest home gear. When she’s not telling you the best gadgets to buy, she’s now writing for The New York Times, who bought the two review sites in 2016, and remains the editor-at-large fo…
Jorge Ramos
In times of political unrest, it’s journalists like Univision’s Jorge Ramos that speak for those who might not have as loud of a voice. Newsweek, People, and TIME have all listed him as one of the most influential Latino communicators of our era, and one of the most recognizable. Many may know him as the guy who went viral after he got kicked out …
Tre'vell Anderson
Tre’vell Anderson covers Hollywood life for The Los Angeles Times through the lens of the black and queer communities. As a self-described “Collard Greens and Cornbread fem(me)inist,” Tre’vell prides himself on his Twitter game and his various articles calling out the state of diversity in Hollywood today. In the wake of the #OscarsSoWhite and the…


Ari Shapiro
All things considered… Ari Shapiro is one of today’s great journalists. As a host of NPR’s flagship drive-time news show All Things Considered, Ari covers the news, comments on current events, interviews the important people of our time, and takes to social media to interact with fans as the stories unfold. Bringing Instagram followers along on his travels …
Daniel Victor
What’s in a word? New York Times reporter Daniel Victor’s recent social media fame, that’s what. Daniel wrote a one-word article that Twitter lost its collective mind over, answering the age-old question of whether people should “Reply All” when asking to be removed from an email chain. The answer (and the entire body of the article): “No.” When he tweeted …
Danyel Smith
Danyel Smith says she is “just trying to be me / doin’ what i gotta do,” while also writing and editing the online culture sections for both ESPN and The Undefeated. Besides being the first African-American editor of Billboard, she and partner Elliott Wilson founded HRDCVR, the multistream publication and Kickstarter success story, with a mission to change …
Ezra Klein
Ezra Klein’s career is the dream of any journalistic blogger. He started writing independently, only to be picked up by MSNBC and Bloomberg News simultaneously, then moved on to run the “Wonkblog” for The Washington Post, only to leave and start Vox.com and become a new power hitter in the online content game. He even has his own podcast, The Ezra Klein Sho…
Michael Ausiello
Michael Ausiello is the founder and editor-in-chief of TVLine.com where he rewinds, reviews, and ranks today’s hottest television shows. From reality episodes to the latest series streaming on Netflix, Michael is the source for everything TV, pop culture and entertainment. With so much great programming, we need an outlet like TVLine to keep us up-to-date. …
Murtaza Hussain
Brooklyn-based journalist and “Habitual line stepper” Murtaza Hussain is a political commentator for The Intercept, embodying the online publication’s dedication to “producing fearless, adversarial journalism.” Murtaza is transparent not only in his reporting, but in his social media shares as well. He is the rare person who successfully combines wry, sardo…

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