Tax story crashes alt-weekly's website on tax day

Romenesko Memos

Traffic to David Cay Johnston's piece took Willamette Week's site down for about three hours on Monday. || Editor Mark Zusman's memo is after the jump.

From: Mark Zusman

Date: April 18, 2011 4:47:45 PM PDT

To:

Subject: wweek.com crash

Staff,

As you know, our web site crashed today for about 3 hours. We are now back up and it appears that the culprit is the David Cay Johnston story on "9 Things The Rich Don't Want You to Know about Taxes." For a period of time, we were getting 12,000 page views request per minute!

  • Jim Romenesko

    From 1999 to 2011, Jim Romenesko maintained the Romenesko page for the Poynter Institute, a Florida-based non-profit school for journalists. Poynter hired him in August of 1999, after seeing his MediaGossip.com, a hobby site he started in May of 1999.

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