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 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 that creates news for the connected generation. In a big bet on distributed content, AJ+ traded a website for an editorial strategy centered on building audiences directly on Facebook and other platforms by creating engaging videos that are tailor-made for each social network. Their strategy of creating co…
CNN Heroes: Real-Time Messenger Vote and Multi-Platform Campaign
CNN's vision is to be the worldwide leader in mobile and video news storytelling. Continuously looking for new ways to connect with their audiences, CNN wanted to create a unique experience for fans around their award winning television special CNN Heroes. The goal was to reach and engage new audiences and create a more personal experience.
Standing Strong at Standing Rock
As one of the first national media organizations to have video journalists on the ground in North Dakota, Fusion continues to show that this moment and movement are much, much bigger than just a fight for clean water. Fusion's Standing Rock coverage has reached tens of millions of Facebook users and received over 60 million views on Facebook alone…
The New Yorker on Social Media
We put the power of our social platforms—and our reporting—behind the year's most consequential story: the 2016 Presidential election. For well over a year, New Yorker writers have been looking at not just the race but the seismic shifts under way in the United States. Coverage in the magazine and on the Web site was complemented by creative, orig…
The Washington Post: Election 2016
The Washington Post is widely recognized for our world-class journalism. Our objective in 2016 was to highlight and elevate our politics coverage on social media during in a historic election year in the United States. We looked to reach new audiences of all ages and experiment with new ways of delivering political news.


Create a unique visual language for our Instagram account and grow our audience
ABC News Social Media
ABC News' main objective on social media is to reach as many users as possible and give them the latest breaking news and most interesting stories in as unique a way and as fast as possible.
BFF Trump
The 2016 Election. Trump was everywhere - on the news, on buildings, sidewalks and steak packaging - everywhere. But with Millennials showing little enthusiasm around the candidates and relying on Facebook, a platform littered with fake news to inform their political views, we began to ask ourselves, "is Trump, the real Trump [and his opinions on women, imm…
Best in News and Media - ATTN:
ATTN: is an issues-driven media company. Our mission is to deliver engaging content to a mobile-first audience. Every day we produce videos, articles, and commentary telling stories worth your attention. ATTN: believes in informing people to make a social impact. Through compelling, issue-driven content, we strive to engender greater participation in commun…
NBC News: Decision 2016
For NBC News' election day coverage on social platforms, we had several objectives: Provide a service and stakes election day experience for news consumers on Facebook and provide a comprehensive election day news service to the Snapchat audience that respected them as voters (many first time) and educated consumers. Translate the depth of knowledge and exp…
RT's strategy for every social media is 100% hand-made, accurately crafted for specific audiences. The core to RT's success on social media – we offer different content for every platform, value our users say and try to give them the content that our fans want. We use different tactics, from being absolute news expert with YouTube videos, to new projects li…
SEMANA Magazine
From the first day, the philosophy of the magazine was to create a research unit that uncovered what the partisan magazines did not publish, and the acceptance in terms of readers was immediate. The same thing did not happen with the advertisers. As the press was limited to newspapers, progress was slow and hard. During the first seven years the magazine ga…
The Young Turks
The Young Turks is the flagship show of TYT Network and is the largest online news show in the world. It started as a talk show on Sirius satellite radio in 2002 and transitioned to YouTube in 2005, where it has amassed 3 million subscribers and over 3 billion total views. The show is LIVE on weekdays from 6pm-8pm ET and is hosted by Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasp…

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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