This article provides a list of the best email newsletters. I decided to compile this list when I started doing research for my own email newsletter, The Digital Detective. I wanted to create a newsletter that people would actually read. So, I made a list of the criteria that I personally look for in an email newsletter:
- Frequency: I want it to be delivered daily.
- Content: I want the content of the email to contain relevant and important information on the day’s news, hot topics, etc. Also, I want it to contain mostly information, rather than advertisements and product placements.
- Format: I prefer a format that provides a catchy headline, a brief summary of the article, and a link to the website if I want to read more. Plus, I want an appealing look and feel, with relevant imagery.
List of the Best Email Newsletters
Following is a list of the best email newsletters that provide a digest of the day’s news and more. Also, many of these companies have a companion app that delivers similar content.
At the top of the list of the best email newsletters is a daily publication called NextDraft. NextDraft is by far my favorite newsletter. Each day, author Dave Pell visits 75+ websites and then summarizes “the day’s 10 most fascinating news items” to help keep you in the know about what’s going on in the world. It provides a clear and concise briefing on the hottest topics. Plus, everything from the headlines to the article summaries is written in a clever and humorous manner.
What I like about it: The succinct summaries and humor. It allows me to quickly stay in touch with hot topics and be entertained at the same time. The catchy headlines and quirky perspective help me remember the article details more effectively.
Sign up for NextDraft.
The Skimm does an excellent job of summarizing the most important news of the day. Their approach is very similar to NextDraft, but not as engaging. They start out with a daily quote, which is always relevant for the times. Then, they select the biggest headlines and break them down for the average reader.
What I like about it: They do a great job of breaking down the topics so I can understand what’s going on.
Sign up for The Skimm.
BuzzFeed is one of the most popular websites on the internet. They have quality news stories on their website and it shows in their emails. They have a wide variety of options, so you can subscribe to a publication that meets your interest.
My favorite section is their Snapshots, which give a quick overview, or teaser, about a story with a link to the full article on their website. Again, I like quick summaries. It saves me time.
I signed up for the general news summary, plus a self-help series. Surprisingly, self-help stuff is good! It includes relevant and helpful information from actual experts.
What I like about it: The summary style, the quality of the writing and the relevance of the information.
Sign up for Buzzfeed.
Morning Brew provides a selection of newsletters on general news, emerging tech, retail, and more. Primarily, the daily top news version provides brief recaps of the latest stories. Also, it includes a market snapshot, the occasional game or puzzle, and product highlights. The emails are well-formatted and full of colorful images, graphs, etc. At one point, Morning Brew was my favorite newsletter. However, I began to notice an overabundance of clever product placements. A decent portion of every issue is dedicated to hawking products and services. If you’re interested, sign up here.
CNBC Morning Squawk
This is a daily email that recaps what’s going on in the financial markets. If you’re an investor, this is a great way to stay in touch with what’s going on. CNBC provides snapshots of the major markets and short summaries of relevant financial news. Also, they have a section called “Stocks to Watch”.
CNBC doesn’t cram its newsletter with too much content, which is important to me. If I’m receiving ten different electronic publications every day, I don’t want to spend too much time with any one publication.
What I like about it: It’s a financially-focused email, but it still gives a great summary of the day’s top news.
Sign up for CNBC Morning Squawk.
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ProPublica keeps the length of its newsletter short. It focuses on the most important news and information of the day. Usually, they only have two or three stories, including a small photo for each, a catchy headline and a short summary of the story. Plus, you can click on the headline to view the full article on their website. This approach is great, as you can keep in touch with what’s going on by just skimming the email. As a result, you can stay informed without investing too much time.
What I like about it: It is short and simple and the articles are well written. However, some of their articles make me question if they are truly pro-publica.
Sign Up for ProPublica.
Vox Sentences tagline is “THE NEWS BUT SHORTER”. Similarly, the tagline on their website is “UNDERSTAND THE NEWS”. It is another daily summary email with sections on Top News, Miscellaneous, Verbatim, Watch This (Video), and Read More.
What I like about it: It is short and sweet with relevant information.
Sign up to receive Vox Sentences.
Niche Email Newsletters
The following are other email distributions that provide targeted information in regard to a specific niche. They don’t deliver a summary of the day’s news, but they do provide useful information.
General Assembly – GA helps people with career transformation and helps close the skills gap for your next job. The company offers expert-led workshops and training courses in coding, data, design, digital marketing, and more.
General Assembly’s email newsletter is a that is primarily focused on highlighting GA’s training courses and workshops. In addition, they have links to articles on careers, upcoming events, interviewing tips and more. If you’re planning to change jobs, this is one you should sign up for.
The Digital Detective.
The Digital Detective is my weekly newsletter for investigation professionals. Each week, we’ll highlight a collection of helpful, bite-sized updates on investigation tools, search tools and tips, terms and definitions, and relevant article summaries. Plus, you’ll get updates on what’s going on in the investigation industry, links to investigation news stories, and more.
Here’s a link to a recent issue. If you like what you see, there’s a sign up form at the bottom of this page if you’d like to check it out.
If you still want more, many news networks such as NBC, ABC, CBS, MSNBC, and Fox distribute newsletters. They are basically a summary of the news they report on TV and via their website.
Thanks to suggestions from readers, I’ll be adding reviews for other bulletins in the near future. I just signed up for Thrillist, Engadget, Brain Pickings, and The Fizzle. I’ll give them a few weeks and then I’ll add a review for each.
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