This is such a good way to keep up with all of the current events. It breaks everything down and explains it really well. 10/10 recommend it for both those newly trying to keep up to date and also those who are looking for more easy ways to get the news. This is by far the most approachable way I’ve found so far. It even breaks down terms commonly used in articles that people new to these discussions may not know.
I am a more informed person because of Skimm and well rounded information makes me more interesting. Thank you Skimm.
I really dislike the navigation the app
The content producers of theSkimm have apparently focused on an audience that doesn't read mainstream news and accepts TV and radio as sufficient day-to-day info. I pay for subscriptions to the digital NYT and Washington Post, Columbia Journalism Review, Guardian and other news and commentary sites such as The Intercept, so I already have access to a deep and broad range of news. TheSkimm is a sort of Cliffs Notes for the folks who missed the evening news. The skeleton is there but the meat is sparse. The app leans heavily on entertainment and celebrity "news" along with sports. I deselected both of those categories in my preferences, but still was served a substantial portion of celebrity fluff. I don't care for the writing style. Any sentence that begins "How's who's" will get my attention, but not in a good way. The writers of the story summaries have the mistaken idea that contractions make an idea more enticing, more accessible. That is just not true for those of us who appreciate clear and unambiguous writing. Save the apostrophes for actual possessives, and by all means avoid writing "it's" — any time, anywhere. Pronunciation is important in a podcast, and I had heard enough when the reader of the Moon Landing history twice called the first man in space Yuri "GAG-er-in". She wasn't born yet when Yuri "Gah-GAR-een" entered the history books, but she could have researched the pronunciation. I don't mean to be overly harsh. I am thankful theSkimm is not a thieving aggregator publishing word-for-word content from journals without compensating the writers and editors. This is original content. It just doesn't satisfy my need for depth.
This app works horribly, Donald Trump is a great president, let’s get that wall built!
Just fake news repackaged a different way to fool people who think skimm is neutral. No thanks, uninstalled.
It’s a scary, bleak world these days and I’m guessing most agree that reading the news is pretty painful and depressing. The Skimm adds just enough levity and friendly lightheartedness to make it not only palatable but enjoyable. They soften things a bit, without diluting anything. I also love being in control of the content. I can click deeper if I wish, but I don’t have to. I am truly grateful to these brilliant women who have given me a way to stay connected and informed without totally losing my spirit.
I would guess most of the glowing positive reviews are fake. Evidence: Notice the reviews are either 5 stars or 1 star, not much in between. If this app were a buck I might be into it. But 2.99 monthly for a few calendar items and a podcast?? They are interesting but this is a money grab. And I found it confusing to quit after the free trial. Don't download this app.
This news app is almost a perfect, albeit slightly snarky at times, review of the big news of the day. As a baby-boomer male, I really enjoy it. Also, try out the podcast if you get a chance. It’s fun, too.
A feature used for listening to audiobooks that has proved very useful is being able to speed up the audio for even faster listening. I would love to see this implemented here.