Press Corps

 
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Director's Letter

Dear Delegates,

Welcome to Harvard National Model United Nations 2019! I'm honored, and beyond excited, to serve as your Director this spring. I look forward to February with immense anticipation, and cannot wait to meet all of you! My name is Yash Kumbhat, and I’m a sophomore at Harvard College, where my primary concentration is in English. My other academic interests include political science and theatre. I hope to pursue each in some capacity over the course of my next few years at the College. Outside the classroom, I staff both Harvard Model UN and WorldMUN, and work with the Harvard Human Rights Review. In my free time, I try writing fiction and love to read. Recently, I’ve also been learning how to play the harmonica!

 

I was born and raised in Kolkata, India, and I carry this identity with immense pride. My formative years in Bengal have shaped me, cultivating nuanced interests in the arts, politics, and debate; as a people, we are notoriously argumentative. At every corner street chai stall and every bus stop, men and women argue incessantly, about politics, life, and everything else in between. This penchant for debate has informed my identity greatly, and it is with this background that I first came to Model UN. I'm excited to share my love for writing and debate with you, and can't wait to read all that you have to say! 

At HNMUN 2019, you will assume the role of an international news organization and cover the events of conference through that lens. Each news organization is unique in its tone, audience, perspective, and editorial stance. As a journalist, you will be breaking stories, holding delegates accountable to their positions, and communicating breakthroughs to the entire conference—delegates, advisors, and staff alike.

The Press Corps Assistant Directors and myself will work closely with you in our “newsroom” to hone your ledes, narrow your message, and position your stories before they are published to the HNMUN News website. In reflecting the continual evolution of modern journalism, we will continue to use Twitter as a platform to provide almost-instant updates of breaking news, crisis events, and other important developments.

The role of the Press Corps at HNMUN 2019 and in the workings of international democracy cannot be understated. It is my hope that the firsthand experiences you will have as a journalist will further instill in you the importance of a free and independent press. Between press conferences, exclusive interviews, background research, and investigative journalism, you will have the opportunity to experience several days in the life of an international journalist.

The enclosed background guide is meant to be a comprehensive resource for delegates of the Press Corps, covering the history and evolution of journalism, Press Corps expectations, and a style guide for the various forms of writing you will engage in. Your commitment to your news organization’s perspective and bias will be the key to a dynamic Press Corps experience.

See you soon, delegates! In the meantime, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out. 

Sincerely,

Yash Kumbhat
Director, Press Corps
Harvard National Model United Nations 2019

 

Committee Introduction

The press has the key privilege and responsibility of keeping the public informed and keeping those in power accountable. During Harvard National Model United Nations 2019, delegates in the Press Corps will play an important role in covering developing and breaking news events during conference. Before conference commences, delegates are expected to familiarize themselves with the historical, background, and HNMUN-specific information in the Press Corps Background Guide. Ahead of conference, delegates must research, understand, and adopt the writing style, perspective, and any ideological bias that their assigned international news organization may have.

During conference, journalists will be responsible for two to three committees as their main responsibilities and will have the opportunity to interview delegates; write news articles, long-form stories, and opinion pieces; accept and publish press releases from other delegates; and leverage Twitter as an important news and communications tool.