During the IMUN conference, IMUN Press interviews delegates, and reports on key events and issues discussed in the conference.
Two journalists who are new to the IMUN conference, from the International Sharing School and Carlucci American International School of Lisbon, agreed to the following interview, where they discussed their experiences. Here is what they had to say:
IMUN Press: What motivated you to join the Press team?
Giullia: It’s my first time in MUN. I thought of entering the press team to get a chance to see the conference with an outsiders´ perspective.
Lis: Personally, I really like journalism and I want to be a journalist, so the press team is where i want to be. I do want to be a delegate at some point, but I think that this was an easy beginning to get the feeling of what an MUN conference is like. In the future, if I am a delegate, I would know how it works from the outside in.
IMUN Press: Has it been difficult or easy to write articles?
Giullia: It depends, it is easy when you know what you are writing about.
Lis: I thought that it was easy because sometimes the writing part may be a little complex. I wasn’t so sure what to write about because it was my first time and I wasn’t so sure if I was supposed to write more formal or creative. At first, I thought that articles had to be five pages long but, in the end, it was simpler and shorter.
IMUN Press: So far, which article was the most difficult to write and/or research while staying neutral?
Giullia: For my first article, it was about the theme of the conference. I think that it was complicated to write about because it was more about my interpretation and the interpretation of the views of the person I interviewed, Mr. Nate Chapman, the director of CAISL (Carlucci American International School, the IMUN host school). The second article was easier because I was interviewing delegates.
Lis: For me, it was the first article that I wrote, about Japan’s treatment of nuclear waste. First off, I think that it was complicated because it was my first article.
The last Press member interviewed was a CAISL journalist, she was asked about her difficulties in writing on the Security Council issue of the Israel and Palestine conflict. Additionally, about her journey and experience with MUN and Press. Here are her thoughts:
IMUN Press: For your interview with the delegates of Israel and Palestine, how challenging was it to write an unbiased article?
Ines: It was quite challenging because, in a normal interview, I usually would be able to ask questions freely, but because the situation is so sensitive and controversial, I could only ask very specific questions and I had to be very careful with my wording. When writing the article, I also had to be very concise and factual and make sure that everything that I wrote was exactly what the delegate said.
IMUN Press: Has your journey with Press been easy or tough?
Ines: It’s been tough and has challenged my ability to write, but I also really enjoy it. It was an experience to grow my skills and specially to write about recent situations, which was quite tough but enjoyable.
IMUN Press: Who would you recommend Press to?
Ines: People who enjoy history and who like researching, looking at various different sources, for instance, history. Also, reading, writing, analysing and those who have the strong social skills, for interviews and other tasks.