Why does Blendle select stories for me?
So much great stuff is written by journalists every single day, but no normal human being has the time to read all newspapers and magazines. That’s why we do it for you.
We want to help you discover the stories that really matter — the ones that teach you something new, allow you to view the world around you more critically, surprise you with an unexpected point of view, or simply make you smile because they were so brilliantly written.
What kind of stories do you select, and why?
That’s tough to describe in a few words! Overall, we pay attention to quality, originality, and diversity. Often that leads us to:
- Background stories that give you a deeper understanding than the headlines on free news websites.
- Opinion pieces that stand out from the crowd: written by all kinds of people, from Christopher Mims to Pamela Anderson.
- The greatest in-depth interviews. Could be a conversation with Elizabeth Warren or Paul Ryan, but it could just as well be a conversation with Facebook’s founders.
- Thrilling analyses and on-the-ground coverage, sometimes shining a new light on a topic you thought you knew everything about already. And sometimes, focusing on a topic that’s been eclipsed by everything else out there (did you know that in China, “nanny robots” monitor chickens’ health?)
- Interesting reads that are useful in your day-to-day life. What does the way you sneeze say about your personality? How unhealthy is constant worrying?
Do you have a political agenda, and do certain stories or journalists get special treatment?
No. Blendle features publications from across the political spectrum, and we treat them all equally. The only condition is that a story must be worth reading. This means: no super short news flashes (you’ll read those somewhere else) and no badly written, badly researched stories.
Of course we depend on what the papers feature. That’s why you’ll come across more political stories in election time, for instance.
How do you write the recommendation for an article?
We try to summarize the essence of every single article we recommend – through the newsletter, on Blendle’s platform, on social media – so you know what you’ll be reading and why it’s worth your time. We don’t make up anything ourselves: we try to stick to the original journalism as closely as possible.
I’ve read a fantastic piece, can I recommend it to your editorial team?
We thought you’d never ask! Always, and preferably as often as possible. Throw us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please feel free to find us there anytime you think we got something wrong, too — for instance in the way we select our stories, or how we recommend them. Simply replying to your newsletter is a nice shortcut!