October 30, 2015 / by Jenny Wittman

E-newsletters are no longer a supplemental email that’s delivered daily, weekly, monthly to your inbox – they are now becoming its own media arm with subscribers that count on its content. We combed through some of the newest, smartest and interesting e-newsletters and compiled this list to demonstrate what’s appealing and worthwhile enough for subscribers to surrender their email – a lesson any quality content creator can appreciate.

Tasting Table

TT for short, this e-letter is for culinary enthusiasts and foodies alike that will deliver recipes, travel features and cocktails perfect for every occasion.













With over 1.9 million email subscribers and over 21 million monthly web visitors, R29 has experts in everything like personal style, beauty, wellness and shopping. Tips, tricks and tools in easy to digest bits sent to your inbox daily.









 Great Big Story 

Just launched in October 2015 by CNN Video, GBS is a video site catering to the millennial mindset featuring smart, interesting and short video stories. This e-letter will deliver the latest videos to your inbox you shouldn’t miss.

Urban Daddy

A daily e-letter targeting men. It covers one piece focusing on nightlife, dining, tech, food and more. Launched in New York, UD has most major city editions to subscribe to including Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Washington, D.C., Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, San Francisco and a National edition for everyone in between.



















 Real Future 

Delivered by Fusion’s Alexis Madrigal, this daily subscription features five “tidbits from the past and future.” Topics generally include wearable technology, gadgets, innovation, science and all things geek.

 Short List

Stemming from The Observer, Short List curates unique and inspiring digital happenings as well as top stories from Observer.com.


















Launched by The Webbys, Netted features upcoming and just launched apps, tech/consumer products and other cool sites to check out.















Launched in August by HBO Girls’ creators Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner, Lenny (a cute play on both their names), features stories centered around feminism, style, health, politics, work and anything else Dunham and Konner feel like curating/talking about. Hearst announced this week its partnership with advertising and distribution.


Think Smarter

From across the pond, Penguin Books and publishing team delivers Think Smarter that features essays and extracts from experts in science, sociology, philosophy, business and general curiosity








Brain Food 

Ottawa-based Shane Parrish is founder of Farnam Street,”a company dedicated to helping people go to bed smarter than when they woke up.” Brain Food is a weekly extension of Parrish’s curated selections of the best in art, history, books, science, philosophy and more on the Web.


The Skimm

The daily newsletter “that gives you everything you need to start your day.” A rundown on what’s going on in news, politics, entertainment and other important topics. Features Quote of the Day from a recent news item to get you thinking.

The Brief

Brought to you by TIME, The Brief features “12 Things to Know Now” on topics of news, tech, health, science, politics, sports and history. It also gives you the option to listen to The Brief if your eyes need a rest.

















Brain Pickings

Curated and written by Bulgarian writer, blogger and critic living in Brooklyn, New York, Maria Popova, Brain Pickings covers culture, books and eclectic topics that are rarely covered.

 Now I Know

A daily e-letter that gives you something new to learn every day in history, science, culture and random facts.



Features  one curated piece of journalism each weekday. “The goal is to share interesting content across the spectrum – and to possibly reduce tunnel-vision and expand your worldview.”


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About Jenny Wittman

Jenny Wittman is senior editor and features writer for Cision Blog and oversees the daily media updates on the site. She is also senior media researcher at Cision and joined the company in March 2008. She likes being outdoors, going to concerts, traveling and exploring art galleries. She adores all animals and has a fascination for the cosmos. Find her on Twitter @jennywittman.