Five quick daily reads to keep you informed

By John Sosnowski
February 23, 2017

You wish you could read new Eagle Eye content every day, and we wish we could publish every day. But, with class, jobs, other activities, social lives and – hopefully – sleep, you may not have the time and energy to read a whole newspaper five to seven days a week anyway. Luckily, there are a wealth of free daily emails which can help you to stay informed in just minutes a day while you eagerly wait for Thursday afternoon to bring you that sweet Eagle Eye goodness.

Daily Pnut

Daily Pnut promises “the world in a nutshell.” This newsletter reports on a few of the major stories in national in world news each weekday in about a paragraph apiece, with links to power players in news media like Reuters and NPR for those who would like to read more on a particular story. As if that wasn’t enough, Daily Pnut closes out their email with a roundup of features worth reading from around the Web.


Many of us cringe at the thought of a stock report and barely understand how to balance a checkbook, let alone the workings of bonds, initial public offerings and industrial averages. Finimize bills itself as “finance for our generation” – presumably Millennials – and breaks down some of the day’s economics and finance stories in such a way that those of us without an accounting degree can understand, including explanations of the implications for the markets, consumers, and the bigger economic picture. Each story comes with an “Ask Us a Question” button, and one lucky reader gets a published response in the following newsletter. As a bonus, they offer the “#finimizequote” with each newsletter, a few words of inspiration and wisdom not necessarily focused on finance.

The Washington Post 5-Minute Fix

If you signed up for the Daily Pnut, then you’ll have a sense of what President Trump and company are up to throughout the week. But, if you want to dig deeper, then this newsletter may be of interest. The 5-Minute Fix takes a key political story each issue and analyzes the moving parts at play analytically but succinctly, making politics more accessible even if you’re not a political junkie.

The Quickie from TheLead Sports

Some people, like our editor-in-chief, are glued to sports news throughout the day. Some of us aren’t such die-hard sports fans, but would like to keep up casually without making time for SportsCenter or combing the entire sports section of our favorite news website. The Quickie breaks down the day’s sports highlights, scores and news developments with a selection of GIF graphics showing the top plays. Also included is a trivia question per day. The writing style is somewhat marked by snarky sarcasm, but The Quickie serves its purpose well enough in terms of keeping the sometimes sports fan informed.

This newsletter is less “newsy” per say than the others in this list, but it’s the one I look forward to most of all. provides an excerpt from a different nonfiction book each day along with some explanatory context. The selections are usually grounded in history in some sense, but cover an eclectic mix of geography, art, pop culture and more. This mailing has tipped me off to many books that seem worth picking up in the future, and is sure to make you more well-rounded.


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