Would you consider yourself well informed, Grownups? Where do you go to get your daily news or breaking news updates? Blogger Danielle Corcione has vetted eight newsletters to keep you in the know.
It turns out more than half of the population of the United States rely on social media to stay current with national and world events. That’s why there’s an incredible urgency for media literacy right now. Platforms like Facebook and Twitter can be cesspools for fake news and “alternative facts”, depending on what’s in your news feed.
If you’re concerned with the verity of your news sources, consider signing up for some validated newsletters. Every week (and, in some cases, every morning), media organizations and professionals curate newsletters to keep readers in the know. Typically, headlines and blurbs summarize and link to a lengthier article from a reputable source, so you can determine its authenticity and credibility. Plus, you can spend some time fact-checking or find a similar story covered by a different publication to compare.
It’s important to receive news from different outlets to prevent media bias and from hearing the same angle all the time. To combat media organizations that aim to deceive news consumers, here are eight newsletters to keep you informed (and are actually fun to read).
Newsletters about current events and news analysis
- Need to Know: Every week, Vox staff writer and film critic Alissa Wilkinson compiles hot topics for the curious reader. In a recent edition, she tackled Milo Yiannopoulos, CPAC, and 4chan with links from Vox, POLITICO, the New York Times, and Time.
- theSkimm: Founded by Danielle Weisberg and Carly Zakin in 2012, theSkimm has become one of the Internet’s most popular newsletters. While they focus on multiple stories from numerous sources, they choose specific ones to dissect every morning, like a play-by-play of the Oscars or the latest Wikileaks revelation. Plus, they have an app.
- Ann Friedman: Every Friday morning, freelance journalist Ann Friedman compiles that week’s interesting articles (including her own) into her newsletter, sometimes along with job opportunities. There’s also a paid version.
- The Hustle: Each morning, this business-meets-technology community sends out relevant topics and dissects complicated headlines with background information for young professionals. For instance, Budapest recently withdrew from the 2024 Summer Olympics, so the Hustle laid down why, proposed possible solutions, and even added a silver lining.
Newsletters for young professionals
- #awesomewomen: Every Sunday, Buzzfeed News Mobile Managing Editor Stacy-Marie Ishmael puts together opportunities to engage, learn, and connect with interesting, provocative articles. Though this newsletter focuses on women, there’s plenty of interesting information for all genders to enjoy.
- My Morning Routine: What do Ernest Hemingway, Benjamin Franklin, and Barack Obama have in common? They all adhered to strict morning routines, often starting before sunrise. To learn how other professionals start their workdays, check out this newsletter with a following of more than 10,000. While this newsletter isn’t about the news specifically, it gives you some perspective on how crucial a morning routine can be for successful people.
- Escape From No Future: Freelance writer Emily Reynolds shares practical tips for living with mental health issues against the popular self-care narrative. However, those living without chronic mental health conditions can benefit from Reynolds’ advice as well. She also recently published a book, A Beginner’s Guide to Losing Your Mind: Survival Techniques for Staying Sane, to speak to similar issues.
- The Millennial Freelancer: I run a blog called the Millennial Freelancer, which features interviews (conducted by me) with freelance writers and editors under the age of 35. Every other week, I send out an email with a preview of that week’s interview, calls for pitches, and news from past interviewees.
No matter which newsletter(s) you choose, skimming a special, curated newsletter serves you better compared to relying on social media platforms. Plus, newsletters can help you create a new habit against consuming unverified news and also help break down complicated news stories with background information.
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