I have never really been a fan of the news. My house was filled with the comforting background noise of sports announcers and late-night talkshows when the TV was on rather than the depressing lull of political updates and the tragedies in the world today. It’s also been years since we’ve had a newspaper subscription. But just because I don’t like the format of typical news doesn’t mean I have a desire to be uninformed. I want to know what’s going on in the world. I think we have an obligation to know, otherwise there’s no chance we’ll be able to do anything to change it.
So. I was in a bit of a dilemma. A pickle, if you will.
And then I started reading theSkimm.
Last summer at my internship, my friend mentioned something that she thought was funny from theSkimm that morning. When I asked what she was talking about, she immediately started gushing about this daily news email. It’s sent out at 6am Monday through Friday. I subscribed that day and have been reading it ever since.
The way that they write the news is condensed and easy to follow, and they also include witty sayings and subtle references to movies and songs that make it relatable. It’s sharp and to-the-point and I love it. But if you come across something you want to read instead of just Skimm, they include links to articles throughout to give you that option. They pretty much do it all.
This is more unbiased than usual for a news outlet because they just want to keep people informed. Their tagline is “Making it easier for you to live smarter.” And it does.
It’s the best way to start your day, whether you open it over your daily scrambled eggs and orange juice or while you sift through your morning work emails. Seriously, I rarely ever shamelessly plug stuff. This is just that good. I recommend it to everyone, and those who take my advice become just as nutty about it as me…well maybe not quite…I’m pretty into it.
If you want to subscribe to their daily email (there’s only one a day, they don’t abuse it because they’re awesome like that) then click this link:
Speaking of the news, there’s one other thing I must recommend. There’s a show called The Newsroom that’s written by Aaron Sorkin (you know, the guy who wrote West Wing, The Social Network, Moneyball, and anything else with amazingly smart dialogue). It’s great. Just watch the first ten minutes of the pilot and you’ll be hooked. Or you won’t, but the first ten minutes is worth watching regardless.
Not trying to badger, but before you watch the first ten minutes, subscribe to theSkimm. Then watch. Then message me about how much you love both of these new additions to your life.