Time is valuable.
Literally, don't waste my time.
Especially in the morning.
I'm a morning news anchor so every weekday before we go on-air I proofread, edit, and update scripts. My goal is to make sure we're not wasting our audience's time. I want the scripts I read during our broadcast to be incisive, straightforward, and unbiased.
That said, I'm a news and current events junkie. I love the news.
Since I'm kind of busy during the morning news hours, I can't watch any other outlets. I could scan websites, but that honestly takes soooo much time, and as mentioned... time is valuable. That's why I look forward to daily morning news e-newsletters. I've subscribed to many different ones over the years and narrowed it down to five favorites worth sharing. Each are emailed out early enough that you can read them while getting ready, chugging coffee, walking the dog, on the bus/subway, or even at the office.
This is my favorite daily newsletter. It’s clear, it’s witty, and it’s informative. The Daily Skimm is making the news industry cool again. I mean, I’ve always thought it was cool, but I know I’m in a minority there. The humor and sarcasm incorporated into summaries makes it relatable for readers. It’s reinventing the way young people get news by allowing them to get important headlines quickly in a concise and entertaining manner.
Along with the news, you’ll get some smiles. The Need2Know newsletterstarts off with the top headlines, and ends with feature and trending stories. It includes social media excerpts and GIFs. It’s easy to read and easy to understand. If you want to learn more, just click the links associated with each story. I’m kind of obsessed with organization, so I also appreciate that each of their topics are numbered. It’s easy to keep track of what you’re reading and what graphic, quote, comment, etc. goes with what story.
This is focused mainly on business, economics, and consumer news. Morning Brew is a great source for anyone with interests in markets, stocks, and earnings reports. The newsletter includes consumer products and how international trends can impact you as a customer. I’m not a numbers or statistics person… but I really enjoy this morning read. Honestly, I feel smarter after reading it. Along with the general Morning Brew, there are industry specific e-newsletters including Emerging Tech Brew and Retail Brew.
Who better to get the news from than Katie Couric, herself? She’s a journalist with four decades of experience in media and broadcasting. She also worked for major news networks including CBS, NBC, ABC, and CNN. Katie and her team know how to captivate a morning news audience through the Wake-Up Call newsletter. Along with daily need-to-know headlines, it includes special reports and daily segments. The newsletter features the authentic and familiar tone of her reporting and professionalism.
You can read CNN 5 Things, consisting of five top stories, in literally five minutes. The headlines include international and national topics. It ensures you have background knowledge on stories that will become talkers and continue developing throughout the day and/or week. In addition to the top five stories of the morning, it also includes quick facts and trending stories from entertainment, celebrities, technology, etc.
Can you tell that I love my morning e-newsletters?
I know they're not for everyone and that's totally okay! If you choose to subscribe to one, I'd love to know your thoughts and what you like/don't like about it!
PS. If you decide you don't like it, the unsubscribing process is super easy.
Maria Satira is a full-time communications director, small business owner, blogger, freelance writer, and content creator. She loves sarcasm, rescue dogs, and red wine. She despises bland food, poor grammar, and litterbugs.