July 9, 2014

Here’s our roundup of the top digital and social media stories you should know about (and from Andrew Beaujon, 10 media stories to start your day, and from Kristen Hare, a world roundup):

— All articles published in The New Yorker since 2007 will be free online for three months as the magazine gets set to introduce a metered paywall. As it stands, the site’s mix of free and subscriber-only content has been “this kind of awkward, the best we could do, kind of paywall, where we held things back,” editor David Remnick tells Ravi Somaiya of The New York Times.

— The Times will add a deputy-level digital editor to each of its main news desks, according to a memo from executive editor Dean Baquet shared by Jeremy Barr at Capital New York. The role will include managing social media, audience development and long-term innovative projects.

— About 4 in 10 Americans homes have gone mobile-only, ditching their landline connections, according the National Center for Health Statistics. Two-thirds of those between 25 and 29 use cellphones exclusively, writes Victor Luckerson at Time.

— After an NPR education blogger’s inelegant tweet about finding diverse sources (“only the white guys get back to me”), NPR has reminded its staff: “If you wouldn’t say it on the air, don’t say it on the Web.” Jim Romenesko has the memo.

— CNN’s head of social news, Samantha Barry, on clickbait: “That’s not what CNN’s about,” she tells Digiday’s Lucia Moses.

— Apple iOS still accounts for about 60 percent of mobile Web traffic in the U.S., according to Quantcast data cited by a Piper Jaffray analyst and reported by Business Insider’s Sam Colt.

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Sam Kirkland is Poynter's digital media fellow, focusing on mobile and social media trends. Previously, he worked at the Chicago Sun-Times as a digital editor,…
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