World publishes special edition
BY GINNIE GRAHAM World Staff Writer
Sep 12, 2001
For first time since World War II, the Tulsa World published a special edition Tuesday to
report on the terrorist attacks in New York City and Washington, D.C.
Executive Editor Joe Worley said the decision was made to produce the eight-page section
about 9 a.m., shortly after word spread that the initial attack on the World Trade Center
towers had been followed by a blast at the Pentagon.
"After that attack, it became apparent this was an attack on America," Worley said. "Because
of the Oklahoma City bombing and the significance of that event to Oklahomans, we wanted to get
as much information out as quickly as possible. We could not wait until Wednesday morning to
inform the public about these attacks."
The Tulsa World produced 50,000 special editions sold at convenience stores, by vendors and
by street hawkers. The editions hit the streets about 2:45 p.m.
The edition was immediately placed on the company Web site, www.tulsaworld.com.
"We will continue to increase the news pages to cover the ongoing story," Worley said.
"We had hundreds of employees coming in early to work and dropped what they were doing to come
in and produce this special extra edition. It was an entire company effort."
The newspaper's last special edition was a four-page section produced Aug. 15, 1945, with
the headline, "Japanese Surrender: M'Arthur Will Rule."
The previous day, the World published a four-page extra announcing the intention of the surrender with the headline, "Tokyo Radio Says:
Other events generating special editions occurred during military actions and the attempted
assassination of ex-President Theodore Roosevelt.
Nov. 11, 1918: The World produced three extras announcing the signing of the armistice terms ending World War I. The headline read,
"It's Finally Over Over There."
Feb. 14, 1913: A World extra detailed renewed fighting between
rival forces in Mexico under the headline, "Fighting Resumes in Mexico." There was a threat
that the United States might intervene in the Mexican civil war.
Oct. 14, 1912: The World put out an extra detailing the
attempt to kill former President Theodore Roosevelt at the Hotel Gilpatrick in Milwaukee. About
2,000 papers were produced with the headline, "Ex-President Roosevelt Shot."