Welcome to the New RH Reality Check

I am proud to introduce to you a fresh, new RH Reality Check! 

This latest incarnation of the leading daily reproductive and sexual health and justice publication comes just ahead of our five year anniversary.  Before I continue I want to take a moment to thank each and every one of you, the amazing members of the RHRC community.  We are a diverse gathering of professional advocates, citizen activists and those simply seeking information and frank discussion about the wide range of important issues we cover.  RH Reality Check would not be possible without each of you.

In five years RH Reality Check has grown steadily from about 40,000 visits per month in 2007, our first full year of publication, to about 225,000 per month today.  We reach even more readers every month by publishing content at several progressive publications in an effort to raise the profile of reproductive and sexual health and justice issues.  A large part of our growth is fueled by each of you sharing RH Reality Check articles with your networks via email, Facebook, Twitter and more.  Again, thank you for your continued support.

One of our guiding goals for this redesign of RH Reality Check was improved content organization.  We have separated out news, commentary and analysis articles into separate columns on the front page.  Every article is also now published in one of 13 primary topic areas.  You will notice the primary topic for each article is listed just beneath the byline.  You can find all articles for a given topic using the drop-down Topics menu. We’ve also added an archive page that can be used to browse articles by date.

Another new addition to the site is the RH Wire.  This simple but very useful feature presents much of the best news and commentary on our issues from around the web.  The RH Wire page itself lists every hand-picked piece while a section on the front page and the sidebar of inside pages features those we deem to be the most important reading for the current day.

The way we handle video is much improved.  For the past couple of years we have highlighted a video related to the issues we cover on the front page.  However, only one video was available at a time in this space.  Videos are now posted on their own pages, complete with comments, just like an article.  We’ve also added a video page where you can easily browse and watch the best reproductive health and justice related video we can find on the web. 

Reader diaries are here to stay, though we will be moderating all reader diary submissions from now on to reduce spam submissions and allow us to ensure entries are presented in a consistent manner. 

We’ve also added another type of community content.  All RH Reality Check readers with an account can now add to our action archive of online petitions and offline events and rallies. 

Finally, we’ve improved profile pages, adding easily browsed lists of the articles, reader diaries and comments a reader has made on the site.

Let us know what you think of the new and improved RH Reality Check and any suggestion you might have for future improvements in the comments.

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  • prochoiceferret

    All the little black squiggly things are a lot smaller now, and harder to read! I liked this aspect of the old site more.


    (I think you’re hard-coding your font sizes somewhere, like saying “font-size: 12pt;”. The right way is to use the default “medium” size, and then adjust that with relative size specifiers, like “x-small” or “150%”. My browser is configured with a large font size, and this worked beautifully with the old site.)

  • brady-swenson

    I will take a look at that and get it fixed up.  What do you mean by “little black squiggly things”, though?


  • crowepps

    Can we still see a string of all comments as received?


    Instead of looking at each individual article to see if new comments had been received to which I wanted to respond, I used to read all the comments in the sequential listing accessible from the front page.  That seems the surest way of making sure that I didn’t miss any a comment addressed to me.  If such a listing is still available on the site, I haven’t been able to figure out how to access it.  Help?

  • ahunt

    Some of us are nostalgic for “choice” and our eyesight is not what it was…slightly larger font would be good. 8-*

  • colleen

    I like the new look. The link at the bottom of the ‘comments’ section (more comments) does not work or, rather, it leads to a ‘page not found’ message.

  • prochoiceferret

    What do you mean by “little black squiggly things”, though?


    You know… the little black squiggly things that are all over this site. (Plus a few white ones, a few blue ones, and some not-so-little orange-y ones.) They’re even in this very comment you’re reading right now—in fact, if they weren’t here, you’d have a hard time figuring what I’m trying to say.


    Heck, someone even once wrote a song about all the different kinds of squiggles, to the tune of “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star…”

  • brady-swenson

    Keep the feedback and bug reports coming. 

  • ks

    Did the subscriptions to the podcast go away with the re-design?  I had it set up for iTunes to automatically download, up until last week.  I figured that Amanda was taking a week off for the holiday, but it won’t let me download the new on manually either.  If there is some way to make it portable again so that I’m not tied to my laptop while listening (Amanda got me through my Monday morning treadmill hell), that would be great.  Thanks.

  • brady-swenson

    Just got an email from Amanda about this and I’ll get it fixed up tomorrow. Thanks, ks.


  • crowepps

    Thank you very much to whoever fixed this — it’s now working fine!

  • jodi-jacobson

    on my screen and not sure if Brady is. He will definitely look into it as soon as he can, though.

    Are others seeing these squiggles?

  • ks


  • brady-swenson

    PCF is, rather cutely, referring to letters and commenting on the type size settings in the css that is overriding browser specific settings. I will be addressing this issue.

  • rebellious-grrl

    Brady thanks for fixing this. It’s my weekly ritual to listen to Amanda’s podcast and I’ve really missed being able to download it to take it on the go with me. – Opps this was supposed to go under the posts about Amanda’s podcast.

  • rebellious-grrl

    Congrats on the redesign! I know how overwhelming it is do a web redesign. We are doing the same thing at my work right now.

    Some feedback about the redesign.

    Pros – I like the rotating photos in the featured stories. Good navigation. I like the three column look. I like the color choice of grays and orange.

    Cons – Small font size. A little overwhelming at first to see everything on one page.

    Overall I like the new look and redesign. I haven’t looked at the site on my mobile yet, but I will give that a look soon. It would be cool to have a mobile version of the site too. I’ll add that to my RHRC wish list.

    Kudoos on a job well done!

  • brady-swenson

    Yes, it is quite an endeavor, best of luck with yours. 

    A mobile version of RHRC is definitely in the hopper.  The new site reads better than the old on, mobile, though, and works well on tablets, too, I think.  Still, a simplified mobile version will be useful and is in the works!


  • rebellious-grrl

    And……I really appreciate that RHRC is ad free. What about adding a way to donate to RHRC? I’m not sure how RHRC gets its funding but you may to provide a way for the community to financially support all of the great work of RHRC. Kind of like supporting public radio. I spend a lot more of my time on this site than NPR. It’s probably the only site I check everyday, several times a day.

    And one more thing. It’s really great how RHRC supports the online community here. Mucho thanks.

  • jodi-jacobson

    and we will both welcome and need your support.

  • crowepps

    Have done a full cycle through e-mails, reading the site, commenting, whining about bugs, etc., and congratulate you on both the new design and the really superb and effortless process by which you accomplished it.  Particularly like “RH Wire” with its fast links to the reproductive health news of the day, and the chronological comments thread which is formatted in a way that I find easier to read (although I couldn’t explain exactly why).


    Don’t know if it would work for anyone else, but I enlarged my text to comfortable readability by using “view” and setting “zoom” at 125%.

  • arekushieru

    Yeah, our one and only publically supported radio, was taken off-air recently, after a long stint on-air.  Don’t want the same thing happening to RHRealityCheck!  Like you, it’s one of the few places I check regularly.

  • brady-swenson

    and the keyboard shortcut for zooming in with the browser is ctrl+ and ctrl- …

    I will be removing absolute font declaratins from the CSS, though, as PCF points out is best practice.