Maria Mindlin started volunteering with the Center in 2014. She initially worked on short pieces that were light and entertaining for the Center’s blog. That’s when, in her own words, “I found out I wasn’t a naturally entertaining kind of person!”
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As the Center approaches the close of 2017, we celebrate a prestigious award received recently by our founder and former Chair, Annetta Cheek. The Center’s international counterpart, Plain Language Association International (PLAIN), awarded Annetta the Christine Mowat Plain Language Achievement Award in September at its conference in Graz, Austria. The award honors a “significant contribution to advancing plain language at the local, regional, national, or international levels.”
The Center for Plain Language is speaking out against proposed changes to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) communication rules. On Friday, December 15, the Washington Post reported that the Trump administration is forbidding CDC from using seven terms and phrases in its upcoming budget documents.
Documents graded This year, we made Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) pages and data infographics the focus of the review. CPoint Consulting oversaw the analysis and prepared the results. We asked each department to submit one FAQ page and one infographic. Dr. Chip Crane, the Center’s lead for the Federal Report Card, held a webinar with […]
How are we doing? That’s the question that prompted my easy “yes” when I was asked to judge entries for the ClearMark Awards. After three years as a judge (the last two as head judge), I can assert, “We – plain language practitioners and products – are doing fine!”
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.