2020 was an unusual and challenging year in the history of the ClearMarks. Everyone’s focus was on creating new plain language materials to meet pressing needs—and, in turn, to celebrate those materials and their important impact on their audiences – we opened a separate COVID-19 category.
July 2019–The odds are most folks automatically affiliate the initials “WTF” with a less-than-polite phrase. Rest assured that’s NOT what it stands for as one of the most-appreciated awards given by the Center for Plain Language.
Now that we have another round of ClearMark Awards behind us – phew – I’d like to take a moment to thank our sponsors and donors who make it possible for the Center to stay in business. THANK YOU! Your support has helped us do so many things – here are just a few highlights.
In years past, I have participated with Healthwise colleagues in the development and selection of products we wanted to submit for a ClearMark Award—an award that celebrates excellence in plain language communication. We have received Clearmark awards many of the years that we submitted entries, but not every time. This year, we didn’t submit an entry because we didn’t have something significantly different to submit than we’ve done in previous years. But I was invited to participate as a judge on the panel evaluating Spanish-language entries.
Here’s an opportunity to spend a wonderful evening with other plain language advocates and practitioners. Each year, the Center for Plain Language gives the ClearMark Award to print and online information that is easy for the public to understand and use.
The 2015 ClearMark Awards will be here before we know it — and we want to make sure you have all the details you need before the entry period begins on January 1, 2015. If you have questions about your nomination or the Awards in general, register for our first-ever webinar on Thursday, December 4 at 12:00 p.m. ET.
We’ll provide advice to help you ensure your application stands out — and has all the necessary information. And, we’ll have an open Q&A period where you can find answers to any lingering questions you may have.