5th Annual Shorthand Award Winners


This year we celebrated stunning digital stories — and exceptional digital storytellers — from around the world at our first ever virtual Shorthand Awards.

We received over 150 nominations across five categories, which were narrowed down to a shortlist, with the winners decided by our expert judging panel.

The submissions to the fifth annual Shorthand Awards were the most inspirational yet. Throughout the year, content teams had to rethink how they interacted with their audience, staff, and colleagues.

Over the course of 2020, we saw the use of the Shorthand editor increase and use cases expand. Shorthand stories were published on an enormous variety of topics — from climate change research in the arctic, to tackling gender inequality in Ghana, to stories on the late legend Diego Maradonna, to a virtual listening room in London. We’ve never seen such an astonishing breadth of stories.

Thank you to all those who nominated a story or voted in the awards. A big thank you also to our judges: Chris Stokel-Walker, Sarah Singer, Dr Skye Doherty, Tom Langan, Jonathan Jessop Batty, Livvy Haydock, Steve Carroll and Mark Stephens.

The winners of the 5th Annual Shorthand Awards are …

 

Best Editorial Story

National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) for Covid-19: School leaders on the frontline


Sky News UK for Brexit by Numbers


ZDFheute for Vom Schwein zum Schnitzel (From pork to schnitzel)

Sky News UK
for
Brexit by Numbers

Best Education Story

The University of Queensland for Pandemic politics: Who will emerge in better health?


Imperial College London for COVID-19: six months on the frontline


University of Cambridge for SHANIDAR Z: What did Neanderthals do with their dead?

Imperial College London
for
COVID-19: six months on the frontline

Best Not-For-Profit Story

United States Census for A look back at the 2020 census


Start Network for Start Network Annual Report 2019


The World Health Organisation, Alliance & Fat Rat Films for Pillars of strength

The World Health Organisation, Alliance & Fat Rat Films
for
Pillars of strength

Best Brand Story

Savoir Flair & Gucci
for
I can't believe my eyes

Best Business Story

The Football Association for Time for change: The FA strategy 2020-2024


RELX Corporate Communications for RELX environmental challenge


Cleary Gottlieb for Private equity: Spotlight on healthcare

The Football Association & Harpoon for
Time for change: The FA strategy 2020-2024

Special mention:

Cleary Gottlieb for Private equity: Spotlight on healthcare

Community Choice Award

Council of the European Union & Harpoon
for
5 facts about the EU's goal of climate neutrality

Watch the full ceremony of our virtual Shorthand Awards:


Congratulations to all the talented writers and content creators whose work was recognised through the nomination and shortlisting process.

We will be calling for 2021 nominations in September.

We can't wait to see what you create!


Read about the previous Shorthand Awards:

2016 winners

2017 winners

2018 winners

2019 winners