Remember in middle school, when you had to complete a weekly current events assignment where you summarized a newspaper article for the class? You were learning to do research and getting informed!
However, I regret to share with you that adulthood does not include a mandatory current events class. You need to seek this stuff out yourself!
According to the Reuters Institute Digital News Report 2017 study, 64% of the 18-24 age group, and 58% of the 25-34 age group use the internet (including social media) as their main source of news, beating out social media exclusively, radio, printed newspapers, and TV.
As someone who falls under the 25-34 bucket, this sounds right to me! I prefer to get my news, and other information, online, specifically through email newsletters. Let’s be clear: these aren’t your grandmother’s Christmas newsletters (although I’m sure those are very nice), but tailored, smart and entertaining communication channels meant to make you sound like you know what you’re talking about. Here are four I’m reading now.
What it is: A news digest for women with pithy summaries that make you feel like you’re in a group chat with your besties.
Why I love it: This was the first newsletter I signed up for. The writers really know their target demographic and explain major happenings in a way that breaks it down into bite-size chunks, with links back to the full story. Plus, the Skimm has progressed into more than a newsletter—they also produce a free podcast called Skimm’d From the Couch, which features interviewers with accomplished female leaders on a couch, as a tribute to where the newsletter first started.
Sign up here: http://www.theskimm.com/?r=1c9479e9
(Disclosure: this is my personal referral link. The Skimm shares Skimm swag for referring a certain number of new readers.)
The Morning Brew
What it is: A news digest for young business professionals, covering happenings from Wall Street to Silicon Valley with a daily Stock Market snapshot.
Why I love it: I like to think of the Morning Brew as the Skimm’s brother (even though there are no business ties between the two). I studied journalism as an undergrad, so I’m no stranger to navigating breaking news stories, but business news is a totally different animal. Like the Skimm, the Morning Brew breaks down biz news in a way that even a total newbie like me can understand.
Frequency: Monday-Friday, with a special Light Roast newsletter on Sundays for referrers.
Sign up here: https://www.morningbrew.com/?kid=8ce9f8
(Disclosure: this is my personal referral link. The Morning Brew invites referrers to join a special insider community for referring a certain number of new readers.)
Investopedia Term of the Day
What it is: A word of the day email from Investopedia.com, an education website dedicated to complex financial and investment topics.
Why I love it: This newsletter has one purpose: education. It’s not cute-sy, it’s not bro-ey, it’s not punny, but it has taught me what market index, price-earnings ratio and risk tolerance mean. As someone who doesn’t work in the finance industry, having an easy-to-read breakdown of common terms helps me become more educated overall and in tune with the business aspects of my day job.
Sign up here: https://www.investopedia.com/accounts/signupnewsletter/ (scroll to Term of the Day)
What it is: A newsletter from the New York Times with stories on how to lead a more fulfilling life. It features article about everything—everything— from indoor cycling FAQs, to how to minimize targeted ads online, to stocking a dorm room on the cheap, to dealing with rude-in-laws. It’s got everything under the sun that will make you a little bit smarter about life.
Why I love it: This newsletter is well curated and offers a mix of topics that I’m already interested in, as well as things I would have never thought to read about but find myself engrossed in learning about.
Frequency: 3x a week.
There you have it! Check ‘em out, subscribe, and impress your colleagues around the coffee machine with how informed you are. I’m always looking for new recommendations—what’s in your inbox?
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