Six Email Newsletters To Keep Your Inner Geek Satisfied
People often ask me what news channel I watch, or what news podcast I listen to in order to stay informed personally and professionally. While I am a big fan of the BBC Global News podcast, I haven’t found a great US News Podcast (suggestions most welcome @LizTweetsTech!). And so I tend to get the majority of my news from the dozens (yes, dozens) of email newsletters I subscribe to. You might even call me a newsletter hoarder. So over the past couple of weeks I’ve been cleaning out my subscriptions and narrowing down the ones I really try to read daily or weekly and would highly recommend to others in my field (marketing/design) or industry (construction/tech/software/mobile). So without further justification of my subscription addiction, here they are:
For Thorough Global News: Quartz
My favorite U.S. and World news daily newsletter, by far. If I don’t have time to read every article, the blurbs at least inform me of the top things I should know in order to claim myself a responsible citizen of the world. The sleek formatting is also really refreshing and keeps the focus on the content and editorial – both of which are top notch.
For Witty, Top Global News: TheSkimm
While the only fellow subscribers I know are female and it’s their target market, it’s a damn shame because theSkimm is an incredibly informative and intelligent run down of daily news around the world that anyone/everyone can appreciate. I feel smarter and wittier after reading it.
For A Daily Reminder that Creativity Runs the World: designboom
For those who appreciate a more visual newsletter, designboom’s weekly eye candy is the inspiration I need when websites, tech and products start to look the same and you wonder who’s hoarding the innovation of the world. Fact: It’s designboom. But at least they’ll share it with your inbox once a week.
For Anyone Who Thinks Construction Isn’t Interesting: ConstructionDive
Before working in the construction industry, I was so naive as to how much of our society the construction industry touches. Try subscribing to this newsletter (or any from Dive, really) and tell me you don’t see the mere six degrees of separation between what you do and construction projects going on around the world.
For the Marketer in All of Us: Web Marketing Association SmartBrief
SmartBrief, like Dive, has a newsletter for nearly every industry and field, but this is my favorite SmartBrief. It includes articles and case studies on innovative marketing campaigns, tools and stories from big, small and emerging brands. I would argue that no matter your job title, in this day of social media, you can be a marketer for you company – and learning how successful companies are spreading the word on their brand is extremely valuable and motivating.
Because Shameless Plug: JBKnowledge Tech Newsletter
You saw this coming – but I can honestly say my favorite source of weekly tech news comes from a couple of my favorite coworkers via our weekly JBKnowledge podcast and blog. They specialize in predicting how emerging tech will affect the construction industry, but even if you’re not in construction, if you like tech, or want to be more informed on tech, these are your guys. They cover the latest wearables, drones, robotics and more across industries – and you’ll love how it fosters your inner geek week after week. They also interview an executive from a major tech or construction company every week – and their stories are incredible, it’s way more than just business for these guys.
Am I missing a newsletter you’re crazy about? (Remember, above are just a few of my favorites.) Or have some newsletter recommendations/commentary for me? Shoot it over to @LizTweetsTech.
About the Author
I’m the Marketing Director and Chief Meme Maker at JBKnowledge and my team works from the amazing Impact Hub office space in Austin, TX. I work with a talented and creative group of marketers and lead generators who help make sure the world knows about our “nerd herd that builds awesome tech stuff.” I love my job, but more importantly I love the people I get to learn from every day at JBK. In fact, I blame many of them for my newsletter supply.