Get In The Know

A how-to for mornings:

Step 1: check email.

Step 2: coffee.

Step 3: turn on the news and watch it half-heartedly while you get ready.

Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a better way to tackle step three?

As someone who loved to sleep, I try to take advantage of every second I get to be under the covers. I like to hit snooze, I like to roll over and ignore the world, and I’ve gotten particularly good at lying to myself about how much time I need to get ready. (Insider secret: I’m always wrong and I end up hating myself.)

So while I want to watch the news and get educated on what’s happening in the world each morning, the reality is that I don’t. It ends up playing in the background. And while I always thought I would eventually hit the “I’m now a grown up so I watch the news every morning” stage someday, that day can wait a little longer – because I’ve found the perfect solution.

Knowing that time is of the essence in the morning, I did a little research to find a reliable, trustworthy and time-friendly option to receive the news each morning. The best option? A newsletter that is sent to my inbox Monday thru Friday to read on my commute. I’ve rounded up a few options below that will help you stay plugged in while still providing that extra under-the-cover time in the mornings. (You’re welcome in advance.)

  1. theSkimm: Get your weekday news in style. theSkimm condenses the most important news of the past day into pithy summaries and insightful commentary, even making political debates fun with specially made drinking games. It’s kind of like getting the news from your witty best friend every morning. Sign up here.
  2. Mashable: Personalized to your reading habits, the Mashable newsletter will send you the top stories, along with articles you might be interested in. Additionally, Mashable has a Velocity Alert system that will send you articles that are in the process of going viral, keeping you one step ahead of the game. Make an account here.
  3. The This e-newsletter comes three times a week and is all things girl boss. Created by veteran journalists Rachel Sklar and Glynnis MacNicol, The highlights the great things being done and made by women today. It’s their promise that the e-newsletter is “100% dude-safe… just not 100% dude-centric.” So tell bae that he might want to consider skipping this one. You can sign up here.
  4. Need2Know: Similar to theSkimm, Need2Know provides summaries of the day’s top news stories laced with pop culture references. Quick to make you laugh, Need2Know gives you a great mix of breaking news, politics, sports, business, media, and entertainment – with the added bonus of one hilarious tweet per day. Sign up here.
  5. The Daily Beast Cheat Sheet: Think of this as the Spark Notes version of Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The Associated Press and Reuters all in one. This e-newsletter comes twice a day (morning and afternoon) and offers up the top stories, providing a summary, photo, and link to each original article. Sign up here.

With any luck, you’ll end up signing up for one of these great news sources to keep that extra tucked-in time in the mornings and read your news on the go. Or if you’re like me, you’ll sign up for all of them and get overwhelmed by the tiny red email notifications. Same difference, right?




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