The morning ritual of reading the news was always a romantic notion in my mind. A luxury, even. I imagined a quiet scene, daylight streaming through the window, a beautiful newspaper unfolded on my kitchen table. Dressed and coiffed, I would sip a coffee and graze the paper – an act that would set the tone for my success. I would arrive at work savvy on world events and sharp as a tack.
In reality my weekday mornings looked the exact opposite. I pressed fast forward as I got myself together, onto the New York subway, and through the office door. At work, there was barely time for coffee let alone the news! What about reading during your commute, you say? I sure as hell never figured out how to snap a newspaper into neat bite-sized folds; I was the idiot on the subway wrestling to contain the giant pages, elbows flapping, flustered and ink stained. I longed for a lifestyle in which I could establish that romantic newspaper-consuming, coffee-drinking, mind-expanding morning ritual.
I am happy to announce that modern technology has solved my conundrum. Ladies and gents, I present to you the top 5 ways in which I now get my daily news fix.
1. NYT Now (App) – If I had to reduce my list to one, this is it. I think it is the best news app around that still preserves the content, look and feel of the paper. Editors pick key stories that are delivered to you as digestible headlines that you can choose to expand. I adore the daily briefing (6am), the reporting is world class, photos and videos are stellar. The variety of formats keeps my attention. I love the experience, so I open this app multiple times a day. Cost: the app itself is free, but subscription services cost about $2 per week (and there is a free 4-week trial).
2. NPR News and NPR One (App, Website) – My favorite for listening to, versus reading, the news. I have NPR news and radio programs streaming in my house pretty much all day long. Save Spotify for dinner parties; educate yourself hands-free while you clean house, work, and browse the web. Cost: free.
3. The Skimm (Email Newsletter) – I am a new subscriber to this email newsletter, but so far I very much like the concept. A team of editors skims the news, boils it down, and neatly bundles & delivers key stories to their readers in an email format by 6am EST. Its audience is the “busy working woman” (see the logo) and their brief summary of the daily news is useful for water-cooler conversations and socializing. Cost: free.
4. Google News (Website) – I find Google News to be the best news aggregator, especially helpful for researching multiple reports of the same news incident. Stories are organized by topic and the publishing time stamp. Cost: free.
5. Twitter (App, Website) – News often breaks here first, and is delivered in 140 characters or less. Warning: there is relatively little editing (hence the speed at which it hits the wires) and there’s a higher risk of mis-information! Cost: free.
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