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A Boom For Web Traffic, Bust For Circulation

Just when you thought there couldn't be more bad news about the newspaper industry, E&P reports that the transit strike is harming local New York papers' circulation. The New York Post's circulation director told E&P: "We are definitely being hurt. There are not a lot of people getting into the city. The subways and bus lines are our bread and butter."

But while the strike has hurt hard-copy sales in the city, Web traffic to New York papers' sites have seen a boom:

At the Daily News, Kevin Hayes, executive editor of the Web site, said traffic is so heavy he has been unable to get in to check exact figures. "It is being bombed, which is a good thing," he said. "It is really loaded." When asked how the traffic compared to previous busy days, he said "It's not quite Sept. 11, but it is like when the Yankees win the World Series."
What else is booming because of the strike? Citizen journalism, apparently. The New York Times' Web site created a map of the city that posts dispatches from readers about their experiences commuting and dealing with the strike. The deputy Web editor tells E&P that more than 500 stories have come in so far.