9th Annual Shorty Awards Categories

All finalists have been announced, stay tuned for more updates about the 9th Annual Shorty Awards on April 23, 2017

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.

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 audien...
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 a...
Olympics News Lab at Google
During the Olympics, a few stories are recycled over and again. But, according to the 300 million daily Olympics-related searches, people are curious about so much more. We wanted join our users in bei...
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 ...
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 ...
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 t...


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 Face...
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 attentio...
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 elect...
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 us...
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 sa...
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, wh...

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, Tumblr, YouTube, Snapchat, Instagram, Vine and the rest of the social web.

The 9th Annual Shorty Awards will be held April 23, 2017 in NYC and streamed to the public.