I started “The Weekly Global Roundup” in August last year, to summarise news across six regions, and – more importantly – for me to keep up with my daily reading habits. Email newsletters have been my main reading resource (a regular newsletter summarises five to 10 news stories, of which I will click on two to three to read in greater detail), and after eight months of publishing the roundup I thought it would be useful to not only share more about these newsletters, their content, and how I use them (for the roundup or for personal reading), but also, at the same time, to crowdsource for other newsletters I should subscribe to, too.
These are the email newsletters I am now subscribed to. Most of them do not require a subscription (except “The Wall Street Journal“), though there are limits to the number of articles. And tell me more about your daily reading list!
The News from the United States
- Muck Rack (daily, morning): Muck Rack provides an American snapshot of what journalists are writing, tweeting, and sharing, and this daily digest is written in prose, divided by sub-headers. In other words, the most social news of the day.
- theSkimm (daily, evening): Each day, the top four or five news stories are highlighted, in a writing style that is witty and entertaining. Additional links are provided for each, in case you want to read further.
- “The Wall Street Journal“ (daily, evening): In this 10-Point summary, financial and economic news take precedence. And with the Trump administration, its political coverage is also more nuanced. A good balance against the other sources.
The News from around the World
- “The New York Times“ (daily, morning): This Evening Briefing (morning in Singapore) highlights 10 of the most important news stories of the day. News from the United States feature heavily, but there is also coverage of the other regions too.
- “The Economist“ (weekly, Friday): I don’t subscribe to the newspaper, so the weekly editor’s pick has a short preamble of its cover stories, together with two or three extensive commentaries, most of which I do read and enjoy.
- The European Union (EU) Centre in Singapore (weekly, Friday): The EU Centre in Singapore has invested more resources into its weekly news brief. What used to be a short write-up of three or four events of the past week is now an extensive article which not only pulls together news from Europe, but also the implications for Singapore or Asia. I like the references to other editorials too.
- The Middle East Institute (MEI) in Singapore (weekly, Friday): Its weekly digest is quite sparse, even if it does a fairly good job of putting together the key headlines from the past week, with external links for further readings. MEI events or talks are featured too.
Global News Analysis
- “Foreign Policy“ (daily, morning): The editors’ picks are heavy on commentaries and editorials, so this is best paired with other newsletters which focus exclusively on news and reporting. Some long-reads – from its magazines – are worth your time. There is also the occasional flash points newsletter, which is a feature of these daily summaries (with a little more).
- The Interpreter (twice weekly): A column and a newsletter by two writers from “The New York Times“, sent out twice a week, they critically analyse a geopolitical news story by making reasonable arguments or forecasts. The writing is crisp, clear, and at the end of the newsletter they also share other articles or academic papers which they are reading at the moment.
- The WorldPost (weekly, Saturday): I used to subscribe to the daily newsletter by “The Huffington Post“, but found the writing style and editing lazy, and – as a result – the articles were of comparatively poor quality. The WorldPost is a neater weekly roundup of the top news stories and commentaries from the website, oftentimes strung together by a reasonable narrative.
Research Reviews and Summaries
- “The Conversation” Global (daily, afternoon): “The Conversation” works with universities and research institutes, and aims to use journalism to explain academic papers or publications in a more accessible manner. This is best read with a basic understanding of news stories, and I personally enjoy this because I believe that academics should be challenged in these forms of communication.
- “Futurity“ (daily, morning): Like “The Conversation“, “Futurity” works with scientists – and their communications team – at the top research universities around the world, to present accessible research findings. This, however, is usually more focused on science and technology, which I have less personal familiarity with, though some articles are of great general interest too.
* Note that the stated timings (morning / afternoon / evening) and days are based on the timings and days in Singapore.