Every four to six months I like to reevaluate what news sources I read on a regular or semi-regular basis. As a journalist and creative writer, I am always reading. Not nearly as much as I’d like, but a big part of my day is spent consuming content. Most of it is news- either from newsletters, social media, or (more rarely) print media.
I like to vary my news between general news, economics and data, creative outlets, international news, and politics. Most recently I’ve been on a hunt for more international economic news. I find a lot of the good economic analysis tends to be from either a British or American perspective and while I find these articles insightful, I want to know what other countries and cultures feel about economic policy.
I get the majority of my news from newsletters. I like the summery’s they provide so even if I am busy and don’t have time to read a complete article, I can get a general sense of what is happening that day.
I’ve broken down what I consume into three lists: newsletters, news sites, and print media. This list isn’t complete, and I’m sure I’ve missed one or two. I did not include any specialized news sites or blogs I read for work.
Newsletters I follow:
Next Draft– Always entertaining and to the point. Lately I’ve found a lot of articles I’ve already read are in this newsletter, but I find Dave Pell’s comments insightful on their own.
Politico Morning Money and Education– my go to for all happenings on the Hill. I started reading these newsletters to get a sense of the complex world of politics in D.C. and I’ve been reading them ever since.
Quartz– one of my favorite sites for interesting, quirky, data driven news you can’t find elsewhere. The format always makes it easy to read if I’m in a hurry or don’t have time to read an 800 word article.
Vox Sentences– This is the newsletter I read the least, mostly because I get it late in the evening. But it’s always insightful when I do read it.
The New Yorker– I have yet to read an article here that wasn’t well written.
Wonkbook– For all my data needs.
Brain Pickings Weekly– A newsletter that comes out on Sunday, it’s a great collection of creative writing and essays. It’s not news but it always inspires.
News websites I visit:
The Economist– I don’t have a subscription so it’s not as often as I would like. Great source for international economic news and analysis.
The New York Times– I usually only read their articles when I see a Facebook link.
The Washington Post– I live in the D.C. area so it’s also my local news source.
Reuters– I interned here a few years ago and started reading them everyday. It’s where I go to get my international news.
The Wall Street Journal– My go to for banking and market news. I really appreciate the thoroughness of their articles.
Print media I read:
n+1– This is a new subscription I am trying out and so far I like it. It’s a twist between creative writing, political statements and cultural analysis.
What do you read? Do you have any suggestions for any sites or blogs I should put on my list? Let me know!