NEW YORK — Media personality and technology maven Shefik (https://shefik.info) returns as an official judge for the 13th Annual Shorty Awards (https://shortyawards.com), where he will serve alongside a panel of esteemed judges. This is the fourth consecutive year that Shefik has been named a judge for the competition.
This year's finalists (https://shortyawards.com/13th/brands-orgs/finalists/) include campaigns by Mastercard, Google, ViacomCBS, MTV International, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, L'Oréal, AT&T, CBS News, CNN, Verizon, BBC Studios, PBS Kids, Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Major League Baseball, TRT World, and City of West Hollywood, as well as many other notables. Wednesday, March 31, 2021 is the last chance to vote for your favorite finalists to win the Shorty Audience Honor. Place your vote online at https://shortyawards.com/#vote. Winners will be announced in mid-April.
This year's winners will be chosen through a combination of votes from the public and scores given by the Real Time Academy of Short Form Arts & Sciences, of which Shefik continues to be appointed as an official member of the Academy (https://rtacademy.org/member/shefik/).
Comprised of leaders in technology, journalism, business, and culture, the Real Time Academy of Short Form Arts & Sciences plays a vital role in recognizing the top content creators, influencers, and organizations on social media. The Academy is responsible for shaping the criteria and rules of the Shorty Awards and for selecting winners and honorees.
Shorty Awards, also known as "Shortys", honor the best of social media by recognizing the influencers, brands, and organizations innovating across the social web, on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, YouTube, Snapchat, Instagram, YouNow, and more. Past winners include influencers, such as Michelle Obama, Adele, Taylor Swift, J.K. Rowling, Conan O'Brien, Rebel Wilson, Chris Pratt, Tyler Oakley, Casey Neistat, Hannibal Buress, Malala Yousafzai, Jenna Marbles, and DJ Khaled, as well as companies, such as HBO, Virgin America, ESPN, GoPro, American Express, and TED.
What happens on social media can change the world, create new stars, and ignite global movements. Shorty Awards were the first awards to honor social media, and by constantly evolving along with the medium it honors, the Shorty Awards remains the most prominent award show of its kind, engaging an online audience of millions and culminating in a blockbuster ceremony.
Shefik currently also serves as an official member of the Forbes Technology Council (https://forbestechcouncil.com), a community for senior technology executives, such as CIOs and CTOs.
A 2012 Forbes magazine article about the Shorty Awards commented, "The Shortys recognize that social media is about more than who can get the most followers...we are creating millions of pieces of new writing that will define our generation... These writings...are creating our history of record."
"For the fourth consecutive year, I am once again honored to be selected as a judge for the 13th Annual Shorty Awards," says Shefik. "Judging the entries is always such a joy!"
Sir Shefik Macauley (https://shefik.info), known mononymously as Shefik, is an accomplished industry insider, who has appeared on MTV, SiriusXM, PBS, BET, network television, and in print media, as well as internationally on TRT World (Turkey). For his charitable and philanthropic work throughout the years, he was bestowed with the rank of Knight in the Equestrian Order of Michael Archangel (http://www.michaelarchangel.org), subjected only to the Sovereign Imperial and Royal House of Ghassan (http://www.royalghassan.org). Celebrating over 20 years in the entertainment and technology industries, Shefik has held senior-level positions at many Fortune 500 companies and celebrated brands, including IBM, NBCUniversal, MTV World, Merck, Merriam-Webster, and Wolters Kluwer. As a videographer and producer, his work has been featured in television broadcasts and video productions for TIME magazine, The Washington Center, "Unsung" (TV One), and Broadway World. Additionally, his photography has been featured in print and online publications, such as Daily Mail (United Kingdom), Harvard Kennedy School Magazine, Playbill, and China Press. He is currently the Executive Producer and Host of the nationally syndicated radio show "Shefik presents Invocation" (https://invocation.co), which is broadcast on 23 terrestrial radio stations and frequencies throughout the United States, as well as the internationally syndicated video series of the same name, via Amazon and other notable outlets.
Last Updated: October 13, 2022