(AP/Karel Prinsloo)The riots that have convulsed the streets of London and other U.K. cities were a peril for some journalists who fell victim to the violence they were documenting. In other respects, though, the unrest in England has been a boon to local media.
The Guardian reports that the websites of papers like the Manchester Evening News, the Birmingham Mail and Wolverhampton's Express and Star all saw surges in online traffic on Tuesday and Wednesday, while the Nottingham Post and Bristol Evening Post have extended their print runs by thousands.
As for the Guardian's own digital stats, a spokeswoman pointed The Cutline to data from Omniture revealing that more than 5.6 million users visited guardian.co.uk on Tuesday, breaking the site's previous record of 4.56 million (when Osama bin Laden was killed in May) by more than 1 million. The Guardian also reported new highs for mobile traffic on Tuesday, when 803,000 users accessed the Guardian's mobile platform, up from a previous record of 580,409. Early figures show that 5.5 million unique users viewed riot-related content on the paper's website through mid Thursday.
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