A while back I wrote about ways to maintain some sense of normalcy during a global crisis. While it seems foolish now that any part of ‘normal’ is achievable during a global pandemic, one part of what I wrote still holds true. It’s crucial to find a balance between staying informed and not endlessly consuming information (especially through social media).
I find it incredibly easy to spend *hours* scrolling through Twitter, but not actually read anything truly worthwhile from a news perpsective. I want news I can find in one place, takes less than five minutes to read and only presents actual facts and events, not opinions.
This is why, when The New Paper reached out to see if I’d be interested in trying out their daily texts news blast, I couldn’t say yes fast enough.
What is The New Paper?
The New Paper is a daily news text that aims to overcome sensationalism by making straightforward, factual news that is easy to consume.
For $5 a month, The New Paper will text you once a day, five days a week, with daily news in as few words as possible.
Actual, honest-to-goodness news, curated by humans, focused on facts, delivered in a convenient way (now you can see why I was so excited to try it).
Think of The New Paper like theSkimm, Briefing of Need2Know, but via text, with a sentence of two about the day’s top stories, plus a link to read more if you’re interested. I’ve been trying The New Paper for the last three weeks and I really love it.
How does it work?
Every weekday, I get sent 6-8 stories in the morning right in My Messages.
That might be my favourite thing about The New Paper.
I have an aversion to reading emails on my phone or anywhere really. It’s hard to keep track of them and I get so many a day that it’s easy to miss the most important ones.
Since The New Paper is delivered via text, I always know where to look if I want to revisit something. Plus, the text layout is easier to consume quickly than a fully formatted email.
Each story ends with a link to the original news piece from a major outlet, including: APNews, BBC News, Reuters, CNBC, VentureBeat, NPR and more.
I love this feature. It’s great to have a headline of news delivered right to your phone. But, when I want to click through and read more, I can do that too.
Why does it matter?
With COVID-19 still dominating social media (and rightly so), it’s easy to believe there’s not much else going on in the world. But, that’s not the case.
Being the minimalist millennial that I am, I don’t have cable, so I don’t have access to news shows. I also don’t want to spend a ton of time scoping out news, I’m too lazy for that.
Thanks to The New Paper, I’ve learned a lot about what’s going on in the big, wide world of ours, such as:
- flooding in southern Japan has killed at least 50 people with 3 million being told to evacuate
- China opened a security office in Hong Kong, placing mainland authorities there for the first time
- Trump commuted the 40-month prison sentence of Roger Stone
- the UK banned Huawei 5G telecom equipment citing national security concerns
- the UAE launched it’s first ever mission to Mars
- and so much more!
The Bottom Line
The New Paper is exactly how I want to consume my news right now and I’m so glad I’ve had the opportunity to try it out and share it with you.
Are you feeling overwhelmed with information and ‘news’ right now? How are you consciously cutting back?
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