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1) The quality of democracy and the quality of journalism are deeply intertwined
The conference is meant to simulate the procedures and also, the challenges, that policy makers at the international level face. While dealing with other delegates and complex topics already provides a good opportunity to learn about the difficulties of decision making, one substantial element of any democratic process is missing: An independent, active and critical media body.
Your media body can then act to make the democratic process transparent, while journalists report about the proceedings and their success. It can make the democratic process effective, while they point out lacks of commitment or parties unwilling to find a compromise. And it can make the democratic process efficient, when analyzing the situation at hand and offering possible solutions.
And so much more.
The quality of debate is up to the scrutiny of well-trained journalists. Make your MUN better, make your delegates better, introduce a MUN Media body!
2) We don't go into journalism to be popular. It is our job to seek the truth and put constant pressure on our leaders until we get answers.
Your journalists are the connection between the delegates and the chairs. Use them! They can push for the agenda, they can point towards solutions for the pressing problems at hand and of course, they can put pressure on the delegates! Your delegates could all win the award for "Silent Power"? With the help of the journalists, this can be pointed out in the next article! And they can demand the answers the international community needs! One delegate stands out? Maybe invite him or her to a special interview, give them the added benefit of being featured exclusively! Make sure your journalists know their job - to find the answers that delegates have in mind for solving the Ukraine Crisis or deal with the territorial dispute over the South China Sea! And well, it is also a fun experience right - maybe your journalist has already investigated last nights' lip-locking delegates?
And to make one thing clear - your journalists will be popular - as the ones that made the conference stand out of the crowd, so introduce a MUN Media body at your next conference!
3) Journalism is the first rough draft of history
Your journalist will not only cover the formal parts of the debate, push your delegates to do their best and offer an analysis of the proceedings. No, they are actively collecting and sharing the conferences' history. The Media Teams' website is a perfect testimonial of all the activities of your Model UN conference. Finding articles about the procedures, checking out pictures from last night's social event and certainly, reading up on the interviews and press statements of delegation. Your MUN is not over after the closing ceremony. Your journalists, throughout the week, keep track of whats happening - on their website, on Facebook and on Twitter!
And just by that, your conference will make history - kept by your journalists and that is why you need to introduce a MUN Media body.