We at Media Voices get a LOT of media newsletters between us to keep on top of everything that’s going on for the news round-up. It’s often tough narrowing it down to just a couple of key things to discuss in 15 minutes each week.
Here are our recommendations of the top media and publishing newsletters to sign up to, including how often they come out and key features.
P.S. We’ve just launched a new daily media newsletter too…find out more here.
Frequency: Daily (weekly option available)
Why sign up: Nieman Lab have their finger on the pulse when it comes to media news that matters, especially when it comes to the Duopoly and local news. It’s US-focused, but half of the newsletter is a ‘What we’re reading’ from all around the world, so it gives an excellent overview from all the top media news outlets.
Frequency: Twice a day
Why sign up: Although this has a heavy marketing/advertising slant, The Drum are quick to break and analyse publishing stories too. As well as their twice-daily newsletter, they also have a weekly media roundup compiled by @JohnGeeMcCarthy.
API Need to Know
Why sign up: The American Press Institute’s newsletter is, as you may have guessed, focused on American media news, but it’s easily one of the best media newsletters out there. Each story comes with insight and context, which makes it hugely valuable in understanding what’s going on around an issue as well as multiple angles on it. The categories are really useful as well.
Axios Media Trends
Why sign up: Sara Fischer’s weekly round-up is comprehensive, smart and definitely one not to miss. It’s much more focused on top-level issues, but is a neat way of packaging enough information to ensure that the newsletter is all you need to keep up to date with essential media trends and the context around them.
Frequency: Daily (x3)
Why sign up: Three emails all at once may seem like a lot, but it’s a method that works for Bo Sacks, an independent publishing columnist. Each newsletter is quite simply a full article which has caught his eye, and range from classic publishing discussions to cutting edge media trends from a variety of popular sources such as Digiday and Ad Contrarian. Not having to navigate away from your inbox is great, and don’t miss the amusing pictures at the bottom of each one.
Why sign up: FIPP World is the media network’s weekly newsletter, and contains a nice mix of their own stories from member publishers and a round up from across the industry. This one is worth it for their chart of the week alone…
Digital Content Next’s InContext
Why sign up: Michelle Manafy’s curated newsletter is mainly focused on their own research and articles, but also has a section at the bottom for must-reads from around the industry. They’ve got an impressive set of digital publishers on their list, so their insight and articles are well worth getting in your inbox once a week.
What’s New in Publishing
Why sign up: The team over at WNIP cover everything publishing-related, from subscription strategies to the latest in data and platforms. Their weekly newsletter highlights best practice from around the industry, alongside a mini editorial on what the key story is that week and why.
Mr Anderson’s Newsletter
Why sign up: Friend of the podcast Kevin Anderson runs a great snappy daily newsletter that pulls in articles he’s seen from around the web, plus a little note with his thoughts on them.
The Interface with Casey Newton
Why sign up: This newsletter is for hardcore platform news followers. The Verge’s Casey Newton collects together literally everything you could possibly want to know about Facebook, Google, Apple, Amazon, Twitter, WhatsApp, Instagram and more with a political lens, and also includes a chunky analysis at the start on an aspect he finds especially important.
Why sign up: Thomas Baekdal is a razor-sharp media analyst that we regularly quote on the podcast. His weekly newsletter often has some very well-argued points in, and lots of food for thought.
The Media Roundup by Media Voices
Why sign up: We’ve been doing our own weekly newsletter for the past few years, but have decided it’s time for something more, as we already spend time each week filtering through the best stories. Our new daily newsletter will bring you the top three or four stories you need to know that day, plus a snappy bit of commentary on them.
These are just our top pick of the most useful of the many emails we get between us, so if you’ve got any favourites, let us know by tweeting us @mediavoicespod.
Esther Kezia Thorpe