USA TODAY Announces Results Of Twitter Hashtag Campaign For Charity

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#AmericaWants To Write Love on Her Arms To Get A Full-Page Ad in USA TODAY

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USA TODAY, the nation’s top-selling print newspaper, announces the results of the #AmericaWants Twitter hashtag campaign for charity. With the most tweets of support, To Write Love on Her Arms will receive a full-page, full-color ad in USA TODAY, valued at $189,400.

To Write Love on Her Arms is a non-profit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for those struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury and suicide. The movement exists to encourage, inform, inspire, and also to invest directly into treatment and recovery. Since 2006, To Write Love on Her Arms has responded to more than 150,000 emails and messages from over 100 countries, in addition to giving more than $700,000 directly to treatment and recovery.

The #AmericaWants hashtag campaign for charity is an extension of USA TODAY's newly launched "What America Wants” brand campaign which highlights USA TODAY’s unique connection with the American experience and how our readers engage with products across all media platforms. The #AmericaWants twitter campaign ran from Tuesday, April 13, to Friday, April 16. People were encouraged to tweet “#AmericaWants (name of charity) to get a full-page ad in USA TODAY,” with the recipient of the most tweets receiving the final award. More than 60,000 tweets in support of more than 500 organizations were posted in four days, reaching more than 67 million followers on Twitter.

“The overwhelming response to our first Twitter campaign has been outstanding and we salute To Write Love on Her Arms for their tremendous effort. We were delighted by the number of charities who saw the value in a full-page ad in our newspaper and what it could do for their organization,” said Dave Hunke, president and publisher of USA TODAY.

"So much of our mission is communicating. We often say that To Write Love on Her Arms is an attempt to invite people into an honest conversation. We're talking about issues that millions live with but few talk about, and we're trying to do that in ways that move people, ways that point people to hope and help and let them know they're not alone. With these ideas in mind, we're thrilled to be given this incredible platform,” said Jamie Tworkowski, founder, To Write Love on Her Arms.

“There are dark areas within all of us. To Write Love on Her Arms has been a place for our shadows to be brought into a community where love and acceptance can bring us beyond the pain. I’m so proud of the brave souls bringing these places into the light," said Jon Foreman, lead singer of Switchfoot.

Radian6, a leading social media listening and engagement platform, provided USA TODAY with the real-time tools to monitor and measure tweets and social media buzz around #AmericaWants.

For a list of the top charities who received tweets, please go to http://www.kindness.usatoday.com

Jamie Tworkowski’s intention was never to start a worldwide movement - it was to tell a story and help a friend. What began in 2006 as a small support group for a friend suffering from depression and addiction quickly launched into a non-profit organization. Today, To Write Love on Her Arms is a non-profit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for those struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury and suicide. To Write Love on Her Arms exists to encourage, inform, inspire, and also to invest directly into treatment and recovery. For more information on To Write Love on Her Arms please go to http://www.twloha.com

USA TODAY was founded in 1982 with a mission to serve as a forum for better understanding and unity to help make the USA truly one nation. Through its flagship newspaper and popular Web site, USA TODAY engages the national conversation and connects readers online through social media applications. USA TODAY, the nation's number one newspaper in print circulation with a total average daily print circulation of nearly 1.9 million, and USATODAY.com , an award-winning newspaper Web site which launched in 1995, reach a combined 6.1 million readers daily. The USA TODAY news and information brand also includes: USA TODAY Education, USA TODAY Mobile, and USA TODAY Sports Weekly. USA TODAY is owned by Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE: GCI).

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Heidi Zimmerman
Director of Communications, USA TODAY
(703) 854-5304

Dayna Ghiraldi
To Write Love on Her Arms, Publicist
(212) 675-3103

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