USA Today grabs three Grammarly Awards

Software company Grammarly has announced the winners of its first Grammarly Awards,grammar which go to news outlets whose stories have excellent grammar, spelling and punctuation. (It’s a cute contest — the Grammarlys come out right after the Grammys — that’s obviously designed to get publicity for the company; you’re welcome, Grammarly.)

USA Today won Grammarlys for spelling, grammar and “most accurate writing,” which is not based on accuracy of facts but rather accuracy of spelling, punctuation and grammar.

The full winners list and an email I got about how they were chosen are after the jump.

Press release

The recording industry’s most prestigious award ceremony, The Grammy Awards, honors the best musicians of the year. And yesterday, Grammarly, the world’s leading software suite for perfecting written English, announced the results of The Grammarly Awards, its first annual review of the accuracy of the top news publications of the year.

Grammarly, which checks for more than 250 types of spelling, grammar and punctuation errors, enhances vocabulary usage, and suggests citations, audited ten top news publications for accuracy in grammar, spelling, and punctuation. We learned that news outlets are not as accurate as one would think.

According to a 2012 survey by the Pew Research Center, the believability ratings for major news organizations have suffered broad-based declines, with a current average positive believability rating of 56 percent. Grammarly subsequently asked more than 3,000 Facebook fans if spelling and grammar mistakes make news articles less credible, and a whopping 98 percent of respondents said, “Yes.”

Please find the winners of The Grammarly Awards below, along with the runners up.

Most Accurate Writing
USA Today (winner)
New York Times (runner-up)

Best Grammar
USA Today (winner)
The Economist (runner-up)

Best Spelling
USA Today (winner)
The Economist (runner-up, tie)
Wall Street Journal (runner-up, tie)

Best Punctuation
Fast Company (winner)
USA Today (runner-up)

Most Long-Winded
Newsweek/The Daily Beast (winner)

Most Concise
Fast Company (winner)

The Grammarly Awards also reviewed the writers from the top news publications, and learned the following:

— Writers from the Northeastern United States make the most mistakes per 100 words (1.6 mistakes)
— Writers from the Midwest make the fewest mistakes per 100 words (1.0 mistakes)
— Male writers make 1.8 mistakes per 100 words
— Female writers make 1.0 mistakes per 100 words


I called Grammarly for more information about the awards. Here’s what spokesperson Allison VanNest sent this afternoon:

Thanks for your phone call. Per our conversation, I wanted to send you some additional information about The Grammarly Awards:

Grammarly reviewed ten top business publications:

– Bloomberg Businessweek
– Fast Company
– Forbes
– Fortune
– New York Times
– Newsweek/The Daily Beast
– The Economist
– USA Today
– Wall Street Journal

Proofreaders at Grammarly looked at ten articles from the news feeds of these media outlets, and reviewed each for grammar, spelling, and punctuation errors. To maintain consistency, the each article was pulled from its respective website during the same timeframe. In total, Grammarly reviewed 100 articles.

Grammarly checks for more than 250 types of spelling, grammar and punctuation errors, enhances vocabulary usage, and suggests citations.