Why you couldn't access 'Today's Front Pages' on Monday

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The Associated Press's report about newspapers being in demand on Monday includes this tidbit: The Newseum -- host of "Today's Front Pages" --
was processing more than 2,800 requests per second when it became overloaded Monday. (Poynter's front pages were a popular draw, too, but were accessible all day.) || At the New York Times, the presses were literally stopped on Sunday night; it was only the third time in the last 43 years that that happened, reports John Koblin.

To the best of anyone’s institutional memory, the only other instances when the Times is believed to have stopped the presses in the last few decades: Lyndon Johnson’s abrupt announcement that he would not run for reelection in 1968, and the night of the 2000 cliffhanger election.

The Newspaper Association of America got these reports from newspapers:

* Chicago Tribune: Single copy sales were up 200 percent on Monday.

* Baltimore Sun: Between Sunday night and noon Monday, page views were 950,000 -- an 11 percent increase compared to a week earlier.

* Spokesman-Review: The Spokane paper saw a “big jump” late Sunday to their mobile site. Normally it averages 4,000 visits, but on Sunday that number rose to 13,000.

* Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: It added 30 percent to its single-copy draw.

* Free Lance-Star: The Fredericksburg, Va., paper did a last-minute single copy increase of about 25 percent for major convenience stores and made several recovery runs throughout the day. Many outlets were sold out.

> NYT: We printed an additional 165K copies of Tuesday's paper

  • 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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