9 Email newsletters that deliver trustworthy and summarised news to your inbox
The world we live in is constantly changing and it can be hard to keep up with what's happening, especially when there’s so many news stories on the internet to choose from. With the shift from print to digital media, we have all the information we need in the palm of our hands. Almost everyone with social media uses it as their main source of information, but completely relying on it for news comes with its consequences.
Social media is a great way to stay connected with people, but it should never be used as a primary source of credible news. The social media algorithm is used to keep users engaged, and the best way of doing that is by showing users news that would interest them. However, this could mean that the news you see isn’t always factual. In fact, a study has shown that fake news travels about 20 times faster than factual news. This can cause devastating outcomes by creating divisions among diverse populations and keeping communities close-minded.
The best way to avoid fake news is by reading trustworthy news sites. The problem is that we go back to where we started: Not everyone has the time to read through every article. We’ve compiled a list of great email newsletters that curate credible news for an easier read. These newsletters would be a great addition to your morning routine, paired with a cup of coffee or tea.
P/S: We (BURO Malaysia) send out an email newsletter every Wednesday, with a round-up of the week's top stories. Scroll right down to the bottom of this page to subscribe!
1. Asia Times' Daily Report
The Asia Times’ Daily Report covers the latest geopolitical news and current affairs, across Asia and beyond. It's a convenient way to stay updated with the news, from a regional perspective, delivered to your inbox.
2. Southeast Asia Globe’s Sightlines
Sightlines is the Southeast Asia Globe’s weekly newsletter focused on the biggest stories in the region. Besides rounding up these stories, it also presents insights into what’s to come.
3. Between the Lines
Don’t worry, we didn’t forget those who are looking for a local newsletter. The team at Between the Lines sends out daily emails summing up Malaysia’s top headlines with "context, bite and wit"—three things we all need when the news hits too close to home.
4. Daily Skimm
The name of this newsletter pretty much sums it up, with the news split into different sections—such as health, career and finance—so it's easier to digest. If you’re looking for a quick way to stay updated with current affairs, this is it.
5. The Daily Beast Cheat Sheet
The Daily Beast is well-known for its reports on politics and power. Its Cheat Sheet is dedicated to summarising noteworthy stories of the day.
6. Morning Brew
The Morning Brew curates interesting stories from a range of different topics. Their goal is to “help you become smarter in minutes” and to “make reading the news enjoyable”. Every newsletter starts off with a quick overview of how the financial market is doing.
7. Next Draft
Dedicated to bringing you “the day’s most fascinating news”, Dave Pell—the man behind Next Draft—visits about 75 news sites every morning to find the top ten most interesting stories. This newsletter is read by many reputable media executives and reporters, including those at The New York Times.
8. Below the Fold
While most newsletters are focused on reporting trending news, Below the Fold does the opposite. There are plenty of stories lurking on the internet that are equally important yet often overlooked. Below the Fold finds these stories and sends them out to subscribers thrice a week.
9. Vox Sentences
The site behind Netflix’s Explained series offers multiple newsletters, but when it comes to quick news, Vox Sentences is preferred. This daily briefing sets itself apart by using bullet points to explain the news.