First I should warn you this is not an unbiased review. I love theSkimm, it’s the best part of my day before noon. What is theSkimm you ask? The best way I can think to describe it is as a e-mail newsletter that gives you the low down of what going on in the world. But it’s a much better, enjoyable even, than the word ‘newsletter’ implies. Also it’s free! It gets right to the point covering a broad span of recent events including politics, sports, and entertainment. The idea is that if you read theSkimm every morning you’ll always be in the know and won’t have to ask people “Wait, what happened?”. This is largely why I first subscribed (p.s. subscribe here) I keep feeling a little out of the loop when discussing recent events with friends. It was kind of embarrassing, but I don’t have that problem any more thanks to theSkimm.
Breakdown of what to expect:
First, you’ll get theSkimm via e-mail weekdays, usually very early in the morning so it doesn’t matter how early you start your day. Each skimm starts out with a daily quote, which are interesting or a little humorous. Then theskimm covers one big story called in good detail, which takes a little less than half of e-mail usually. This section usually covers more conventional news, like whats covered by all the major news outlets. Next, there are about three or four smaller stories covered until the header “Repeat After Me……”, this section is normally where you find sports or entertainment news, but it’s not limited to those topics. The end of theSkimm is more changeable than the others. Currently, it’s a section titled “People More Fit Than You…” and offers a sentence or two about the big deal Olympians and what they’ve achieved. Prior to Rio, this section would offer brief recommends for books or beverages.
The entire Skimm is pretty brief, clocking in at less than, maybe, 800 words of content. Still, I don’t think you need to worry about miss out on anything. Only twice have I been upset with the stories theSkimm chose feature, the day before and after the Superbowl. The main story both of those days was the Superbowl; I understand why, still kind of annoyed through. Additionally, the daily Skimm is spotted with links, which you can ignore or click on to get more info. A fair amount of the time these links go to CNN or New York Times articles but plenty also go to AP, People, Time, or USAToday as well as others. Largely, I think theSkimm is not extremely biased when it comes to politics but you might have noticed I didn’t list Fox News. If anything theSkimm might lean a little to left, but barely.
Another thing I really like about theSkimm are the additional resources theSkimm has available for free, specifically Skimm the Vote 2016 and Skimm Guides. Both are available on theSkimm’s website and are occasionally linked to by the daily Skimm. Skimm the Vote 2016 gives you the low down on the presidential election. Literally anything you could ever what to know: the candidates, issues, calendar, how the electoral college works, what PACs and voting laws are, and more. In short, I think it’s a high quality and very accessible resource. Skimm Guides are similar to the daily e-mail but focus on explaining one issue in depth. This means they are usually a bit longer than the daily skimm. Currently there are about 50 Skimm Guides. They’re all available on theSkimm website for free and cover a span of issues ranging from the Rio Olympics to 2016 Supreme Court Discussions. A few of the Skimm Guides I’ve found really useful were on the Syrian Civil War, Brexit, and OPEC.
Overall, I think theSkimm does exactly what its meant to, give you an overview of the events you need to know about. It might not be the end-all-be-all of news sources, but it sure gets close. theSkimm covers the facts and puts more info at your fingertips with links and Skimm Guides. I highly recommend trying it out, so subscribe here.
Author: Jules Ross
Jules – A College Student, Avid Reader, Amateur Foodie, and Novice Blogger.