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Quite the contrary, I landed the Model United Nations conference of my current city, The Hague (which I love so much that I will consider it my home town!) only after coasting through LIMUN, EUROMUN and several other conferences.
There might have been a reason why: MUNOTH is a toddler, being organized for the first time only in 2013. I know, right? The city of Peace and Justice, with its hundreds of international organizations, tribunals, state institutions and NGOs, just never had a college-level MUN conference! (although it hosts several outstanding high school level conferences, such as THIMUN and MUNISH).
Anyway, in MUNOTH 2015, organized and attended by many of my friends, I was a journalist in the International Court of Justice simulation. That was a first for me as well, but in the team spearheaded by Nabadip Dep and Alexandra van Walraven, both experienced MUNers, we performed I dare say no worse than any news team covering a real summit. What do I mean?
1. We started off with a comprehensive Press team guide, with plenty of indications and strict deadlines, and got to meet our press colleague in the committee.
2. We published in every day of the conference a full issue of our own magazine, the MUNOTH Observer, that included features pieces and coverage of all the happenings in the conference. The newsletter was reached out to 12.000 times!
3. We also wrote real time submissions from every committee to our blog.
4. We interviewed our MUN delegates on their strategies (suggestion: try catching them in the hallway when they go for coffee, otherwise they're too busy!) but also real officials, guests to our Diplomat’s Soirée, and published these interviews. Check out the Diplomat’s Soirée!
5. All throughout the conference we the press team just had a great time together!
All in all, if you ever considered trying the reporting side of MUN, go press team!