RH Reality Check Wins 2007 Global Media Award

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Web Site Honored for Excellence in Population Reporting

RH Reality Check

The website is an easily accessible online resource for evidence-based information, provocative commentary and interactive dialogue

RH Reality Check is the winner of the Population Institute’s 2007 Global Media Award for Best Electronic Media Forum in the area of Population Reporting. The web site has been awarded this honor for its commitment to advancing sexual and reproductive health and rights. RH Reality Check is among 12 recipients of the Population Institute’s 2007 Global Media Awards. The awards will be presented December 5 at a ceremony in the Rayburn House of Representatives Office Building in Washington DC.

“The website is an easily accessible online resource for evidence-based information, provocative commentary and interactive dialogue,” said Lawrence Smith Jr., president of the Population Institute.

Though RH Reality Check is only eighteen-months old, the site has become a leading voice in the online progressive news landscape for reproductive and sexual health news and information.

Gloria Feldt, former President of Planned Parenthood, says, “RH Reality Check is a fantastic site…I particularly like that it has space for all aspects of the reproductive rights, health, and justice issues so by its very being it delivers the holistic message."

Scott Swenson, Editor of RH Reality Check since its inception, says, “We are so grateful to be honored by The Population Institute. It is vitally important that progressives interested in sexual and reproductive health globally have a place to dialogue and debate our issues. This award is for all the RH Reality Check staff, present and past, who have helped the site become a high caliber, interactive, online publication devoted to sharing diverse ideas, debunking the opposition, and telling stories that connect policy with people’s lives.”

RH Reality Check is honored to share the 2007 Global Media Award recognition with eleven other outstanding recipients including Newsweek magazine science columnist Sharon Begley; Jim Motavelli, editor of E Magazine; Joel Pett, editorial cartoonist for the Lexington, KY Herald-Leader; and MelClaire Sy Delfin, television reporter with the Philippines GMA Network, Inc.

“These Global Media Award recipients have helped to create public awareness of population issues through their dedicated efforts,” said Lawrence Smith, Jr., president of the Population Institute. “We are hoping that these awards will direct much-needed attention to the importance of reducing rapid human growth and achieving a world population in balance with a healthy global environment.”

About RH Reality Check
Conceived and executed by a small team of experienced leaders, “new media” experts and a number of leading advocacy organizations, RH Reality Check was launched in mid-2006 as a means of harnessing new media and communications technologies to advance empirical information and foster new ideas in service of reproductive health issues. Employing humor, analysis and interactive features, RH Reality Check, with the support of the UN Foundation, provides original reporting and commentary on a daily basis, establishes stock information that rebuts the “reckless rhetoric” utilized by opponents of reproductive rights; features special content series; and presents unique perspectives from around the world.

About The Population Institute
The Population Institute (http://www.populationinstitute.org) is an international, educational, non-profit organization that seeks to voluntarily reduce excessive population growth, through universal access to family planning information, education and services. Established in 1969, the Institute, with members in 172 countries is headquartered on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Funding for the Population Institute comes from foundations, corporations and individual gifts. The Institute does not seek or receive financial support from the U.S. government.

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