Analysis

The Top Media Newsletters

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.

Now that your inboxes are looking a little clearer post-GDPR, here are our recommendations of the top media and publishing newsletters to sign up to, including how often they come out and key features.

Nieman Lab

Frequency: Daily (weekly option available)

Why sign up: Nieman Lab have their finger completely 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.

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The Drum

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.

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API Need to Know

Frequency: Daily

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.

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Axios Media Trends

Frequency: Weekly

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.

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Bo Sacks

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.

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FIPP World

Frequency: Weekly

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, and their dedicated slot for a certain orange-themed podcast…

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Digital Content Next’s InContext

Frequency: Weekly

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.

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Media Voices

Frequency: Weekly

Why sign up: *Cough…cough…* we also have our own weekly newsletter! It contains more than the podcast though – there’s a mini editorial from Chris, Peter or Esther as well as a round-up of top stories and what we’re reading. It’s a great supplement to the podcast if you’re a regular listener, or stands alone as a useful media newsletter. Take a look at a recent edition here if you’re tempted…

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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