Press mentions


Get Educated About Your Social Security Benefits  (Social Security Matters February 8, 2016)

CFP: IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication Special Issue on Plain Language  (IEEE Professional Communication Society  February 3, 2016)

Weekly Roundup of Web Design and Development Resources  (Lireo Designs  January 28, 2016)

How You Can Do Better in 2016 (Ann Green’s Nonprofit Blog  January 7, 2016)

The art of effective student communication: A Q&A with the Center for Plain Language  (Education Advisory Board  December 21, 2015)

Achieving Excellence in Plain Language  (DHS Blog  December 1, 2015)

Achieving Excellence in Plain Language (Quality Investigations  December 1, 2015)

Clear, Concise Writing: It’s the Law (Seriously)  (Inside Higher Ed  December 1, 2015)

Federal Plain Language Report Card  (National Network of Libraries of Medicine  November 27, 2015)

Agency Grades Improve in Plain Language Ratings  (FedWeek  November 27, 2015)

Feds make better grades in 2015  (Pros Write  November 20, 2015)

Agency writing gets clearer, report card shows (Fierce Government  November 19, 2015)

Plain Language Please! We’re Watching You Uncle Sam, and Your Content Too  (Acrolinx November 19, 2015)

Say What? Agencies Continue to Wrestle with Plain Writing (Government Executive  November 18, 2015)

Report Card: Agencies complying with Plain Writing Act (Federal Soup  November 18, 2015

Who Made the Grade on the Federal Plain Language Report Card? (News United  November 18, 2015)

Who Made The Grade On The Federal Plain Language Report Card? (The Street  November 18, 2015)

No ‘As’ for effort this year, all agencies clear plain language hurdles  (Federal News Radio November 18, 2015)

Who Made the Grade on the Federal Plain Language Report Card?…  (PR Newswire November 18, 2015)

Who Made the Grade on the Federal Plain Language Report Card? (CBS News November 18, 2015)
Who Made the Grade on the Federal Plain Language Report Card? Center for Plain

Language issues grades to government agencies (World News November 18, 2015)

Loebsack hails ‘Plain Language’ gains in government, but more work to do (Radio Iowa November 17, 2015)

Loebsack issues plain language report card  (Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier  November 17, 2015)

Plain language report card issued – Social Security, Homeland Security get top grades  (The Gazette November 17, 2015)

Plain Language Report Card Issued (Wopular  November 17, 2015)

Let’s Start a Nonprofit Plain Writing Movement  (Ann Green’s NonProfit Blog  November 16, 2015)

Scarcity: Focusing on Limitations to Explore Design Opportunities (User Experience Magazine  November 15, 2015)

Privacy notices:  some takeaways from the article  (J. Clements Communications Blog  November 5, 2015)

In Plain Language, USDA Earns More Than Grade A (+) (USDA GIPSA News  November 2, 2015)

Academics Against Academic Jargon  (  November 1, 2015)

The Needless Complexity of Academic Writing  (The Passive Voice,  October 30, 2015)

Why is Academic Writing So Needlessly Complex?  (Hot Air  October 27, 2015)

You’re smart if you can ‘dummy’ it down. (Spark  October 27, 2015)

Annetta Cheek, you’re my hero! (Vicki Franchino Blog  October 27, 2015)

The Needless Complexity of Academic Writing (The Atlantic October 26, 2015)

The Needless Complexity of Academic Writing  (Plain Language Group October 26,2015)

State Bar of Michigan honors ‘best’ in profession (Grand Rapids Business Journal  October 21, 2015)

How to use plain language to write better proposals (Proposify  September 24, 2015)

Understanding tech companies’ privacy policies and their effect on users  (Avast  August 12, 2015)

SSA: Communicating effectively for your benefit (Sequim Gazette  October 7, 2015)

Healthwise to Celebrate Health Literacy Month (Market Wired  September 30, 2015)

Thinking Ahead: Conversations Across California (Scribd, September 22, 2015)

The Facebook of the Future has Privacy Implications Today (The Intercept  September 17, 2015)

Kudos to Google. And the Center for Plain Language. (Pros Write August 7, 2015

These Companies Have the Best (And Worst) Privacy Policies (TIME August 6, 2015)

Everyday-Law wins prestigious ClearMark award in Washington DC (Victoria Law Foundation May 22, 2015)

Suburban Hospital Wins Top Prize for Patient Handbook from The Center for Plain Language (Johns Hopkins Medicine May 15, 2015)

Communication effective for senior’s benefit (Salt Lake Daily Herald May 14, 2015)

Center for Plain Language Honors the Best in Clear Communication (Washington Post CityRoom May 13, 2015)

Center for Plain Language Honors the Best in Clear Communication (AP Newsroom May 13, 2015)

Navient receives ClearMark Award of Distinction for customer communication (World News May 13, 2015)

WALC Institute/AARP livability fact sheets receive ClearMark award for best Original Documents (Walk Institute May 13, 2015)

IQ Solutions wins ClearMark Award of Distinction (IQ Solutions May 13, 2015)

Gov Gobbledygook And How To Change It (GovLoop February 11, 2015)

Report: Federal agencies are becoming better communicators (Baltimore Sun February 2, 2015)

Federal Plain Language Report Card (The Paul Molloy Show, February 2, 2015)

Which federal agencies made the grade? (Pros Write January 29, 2019)

Report: Interior, State and Education fail to use plain language (Fierce Government January 29, 2015)

‘Rigorously disentangle’ and other examples of bad federal writing (Washington Post, January 28, 2015

Government Officials May Be Using Less Mumbo Jumbo ( January 28, 2015)

It’s clear: Three agencies are tops in plain language (Federal Soup January 28, 2015)

Homeland Security gets an A, Education gets a D on Federal Plain Language Report Card (Yahoo News January 28, 2015)

Department of Education nearly fails ‘plain writing’ rules with ‘D’ (Washington Examiner January 28, 2015

Report card gives DOL an ‘A’ for compliance with Plain Writing Act (Safety+Health January 28, 2015)

Edumacated: Department of Education nearly fails ‘plain writing’ rules with ‘D’ (SodaHead January 28, 2015)

New Plain Language Champs: Social Security, Homeland Security and SEC (Government Executive January 27, 2015)

DHS ‘aces’ plain writing report; State, Interior score ‘incompletes’ (Federal News Radio, January 27, 2015)


ClearMark coverage
Agencies turn government speak into plain langage (Government Executive, April 23 2014)

There’s an award for comprehensible writing. Guess who won? (Mother Jones, April 23 2014)

Prepared remarks of CFPB Director Richard Cordray at the Mortgage Closing Forum (April 23, 2014)

Two Federal Agencies capture the Center for Plain Language’s top awards (April 22, 2014)

Making government easier to understand (Government Executive)


The worst writing in government gets a failing grade (TIME)

The high cost of gobbledygook (Government Executive)

Federal agencies still struggle to use plain English (Report Card results) (USA Today)

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Labor Department flunks plain language test (Fierce Government)

Speaking plain English still a challenge for some agencies (Federal News Radio)

Plain Writing Act fails to live up to its name (Marketplace-Economy )