It is my distinct honor to welcome you to the Press Corps of Harvard National Model United Nations 2019. My name is Chris Kuang and I will be returning to the Press Corps this year as Director, having served previously as an Assistant Director. I am relatively new to the MUN world, but in my limited experience, I have had a blast working with the journalists of the Press Corps at HNMUN and cannot wait to greet you all soon.
I am a currently a junior at Harvard College studying Applied Mathematics and Economics. On campus, I chair the Harvard Political Union at the Institute of Politics and serve as sports photo editor for Harvard Yearbook Publications. In my free time, I am an intense Patriots and Red Sox fan and enjoy traveling and spending time outdoors. I was born and raised in the Boston area and could not be more excited to welcome you to this fair city, widely considered the “birthplace of American journalism.”
At HNMUN 2019, Press Corps delegates 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.
As we gear up for conference in February, I hope you are as excited as I am for the work and fun that await us. 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.
Do not hesitate to reach out with any questions, concerns, or simply to say hi and introduce yourself! I can’t wait to meet you.
Director, Press Corps
Harvard National Model United Nations 2019
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.