While enjoying my morning iced coffee and croissant, I habitually use my mornings to catch up with the rapidly changing news of the world. Over breakfast, I like to pair a newsletter (a quick read) with a newspaper. Like everyone, I’m subconsciously biased to read only what interests me the most. Newsletters are great because they open my eyes to events and topics occurring outside of what I normally tend to read. Not only are newsletters a source of information, they’re a quick pick-me-up in the morning since each newsletter has a personality, whether it’s full of jokes or has a quirky take on politics that makes it more enjoyable.
Newsletters are convenient, to saving information all in one place rather than constantly being on the search for the next groundbreaking story. They’re automatically delivered to your email and include tidbits of all aspects of the political realm in bite-size pieces.
Starting off the list for newsletter picks is my personal favorite, The Skimm. With its quick summaries of what is going on in the world, it reads exactly how your sassy yet straightforward co-worker gives politics a feeling of being a story, rather than just news. The “What to Say When…” section makes it feel like a narrative being told as a form of entertainment, rather than a spewing of facts. Click here to subscribe.
2. The Betches Sup
This 5-times-a-week newsletter begins each newsletter with the phrase “The One Where…” Sassy Betches media brand tells the news in a humorous way-whether it be making jokes about political leaders, countries, or things that overall need to be made easier in a format similar to a tabloid or gossip site. With the intent to “give our readers a weekly roundup of the shit show that is American politics,” as you can imagine, it’s hard to put down your phone until you read all the way through. They promote a culture where- and repetitively say- “it is no longer cute to not keep up with the news.” I couldn’t agree more. Click here to subscribe. .
3. FiveThirtyEight’s Significant Digits
This DAILY newsletter starts with a vague headline that states no more than a number and a few words that are explained with a quick snippet at the beginning blending statistics, politics, and culture. Each daily digest uses statistical analysis in an oddly entertaining way helping you catch you up on anything ranging from movies to politics to arts and much more. At the end of each summary is a link to an article that provides further reading on the topic. Click here to subscribe.
4. New York Times First Draft
“The Grey Lady”- also known as The New York Times- has its own newsletter that lays out the current state of policy and politics on The Hill and around the world. It is updated throughout the day, becoming a constant newsfeed to ensure that stories are followed through. With its constant updates, it keeps everyone in the loop and engaged as things change around us. Click here to subscribe.
5. Politico Pulse
With twice-weekly editions that begin with clever taglines, Politico Pulse covers all the stories and their impact on policy and politics. This newsletter is unique since if reading is not for you, it comes paired with a podcast version of snippets that you can listen to instead! Click here to subscribe.
Whether it be in the morning while eating breakfast, during your lunch break, on the ride home, or while skimming through your phone endlessly out of pure boredom, bite-sized news in the form of a newsletter provides a quick recap or even a preview on the world. A quick read can go a long way when it comes to comprehending changes, understanding perspectives, and furthering knowledge of the world around us.