TVO tweets the final days of the First World War

  • Follow @TVO and the hashtag #Nov1918 on Twitter for breaking news from the final days of WWI.

TORONTO, Nov. 7, 2011 /CNW/ - Join TVO as it revisits the historic and dramatic final days of the First World War, all through a unique Twitter campaign that focuses on the Ontario media headlines of the time.

From November 4-11, TVO is tweeting 10-15 times daily with the headlines of war-related newspaper stories from November 4-11, 1918.  As part of TVO's Remembrance programming, the campaign will provide a glimpse of what Ontarians of the era experienced, including breaking news from the European war front, coverage of how the war's final days affected the lives of people at home, plus exclusive interviews linked to WWI veterans.

Here are examples of the tweets TVO has planned:

  • Drop in Toronto War Casualties - Only 13 listed today. Since August 13, 4251 Toronto officers and men wounded.  
  • LONDON, The HoC to-day passed, on the 3rd reading, the bill permitting women to sit in Parliament.

"Twitter is at its best when it's breaking news. In 1918, important news was usually a day late, but wire stories were sent in a short, time-stamped Twitter-like fashion," says Craig Desson, Digital Media Producer at TVO.  "By tying the terror, joy and confusion of the end of the Great War to TVO's Remembrance Day commemorations, TVO's tweets will convey the history, colour and feel of the time from an Ontario perspective."

To keep up with the dramatic final days of WWI on Twitter: Follow @TVO and the hashtag #Nov1918.  Each tweet will be an edited version from that day's 1918 edition of the newspaper including The Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, The New York Times, and the Toronto Telegram.

In addition to the tweets, TVO is honouring Remembrance Day with a month of special programming, including documentaries, dramas and current affairs programs airing throughout November that offer stories of heroism, rare historical footage, and contemporary perspectives on war. To find out more, visit www.tvo.org/remembrance

"TVO's Remembrance programming is just one of the many ways that we seek to keep Ontarians informed and engaged with the world around them," says TVO CEO Lisa de Wilde. "This Twitter campaign is a novel approach to sharing this important part of who we are and where we came from."

About TVO
TVO is Ontario's public educational media organization and a trusted source of interactive educational content that informs, inspires and stimulates curiosity and thought. TVO's vision is to empower people to be engaged citizens of Ontario through educational media. TVO is funded primarily by the Province of Ontario and supported by sponsors and thousands of donors. For more information, visit tvo.org.

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For further information:

Media contact:

Marco Ouji
TVO Communications
416.484.2600 x 2305
mouji@tvo.org


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