The International Press Forum (IPF) does not find itself among the traditional and usual committees in a Model UN conference; rather it is a unique committee that provides delegate the opportunity to take the role of some of the world’s largest and well-known media (New-York Times, Le Monde, etc.) in a multilateral diplomatic setting. The selection of the media broadcasts will be decided by the Editor-in-Chief and Deputy Editor-in-Chief, in consultation with the Secretariat. IPF activities will include daily press coverage of the committees work, conferences and other activities related to CANIMUN, as well as press conferences and interviews “on the spot.”
The International Press Forum will be a bilingual committee. Both English-speaking and French-speaking delegates are welcome; delegates do not have to be bilingual to participate in the International Press Forum as journalists.
Journalists will attend committee sessions and write articles based on what is happening within the committees. Journalists can present their work in numerous, such as by writing play by plays during debate, covering arguments, writing interviews, and taking pictures.
Our IPF staff members are experienced in journalistic writing, and will work with delegates to develop journalistic style and precision. Journalists will have the opportunity to go through a training session, where the guidelines and procedures for the committee will be discussed. Staff will also work with delegates on keeping an objective lens, visual presentation and interviewing skills. During the time allotted for Embassy Visits, delegates may also have the opportunity to visit a news studio in Ottawa.
IPF journalists are also able to be active on social media, as if they were journalists in the real world. Delegates from other committees can follow the work of IPF delegates, through the CANIMUN Gazette and through social media.
KIRTHANA SASITHARAN | EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
Kirthana is a 1st year Masters of Journalism student at the University of British Columbia. Before entering the world of Journalism, she was a student at the University of Windsor, where she obtained an honours B.A. in English Literature and Dramatic Art. Kirthana began her studies with the intention of becoming a director. In her third year, she became involved in Model UN, where she participated in NAMUN and CANIMUN. Her success and involvement in CANIMUN’s IPF sparked her interest to continue being involved in Model UN and also inspired her to pursue journalism. Last year, she led the UWindsor MUN team and returned to CANIMUN’s IPF. She has decided to make journalism her outlet so she may use this medium to convey truth. Her goal is to become a global journalist at the United Nations. She will be serving as the IPF Editor-in-Chief.
LILIA BRAHIMI | DEPUTY EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
Lilia is originally from Algeria and has been living in Canada for over a decade, most recently in Ottawa and Montreal. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts and Science at McGill University in the fields of International Development Studies and Biology, both having consistently shaped her academic life. She greatly enjoys getting as involved as possible in her community and is currently a member of the Executive Council of the IDS Students’ Association at McGill. Her first MUN experience goes back to last year’s MUNC at Downson College. Her interest and involvement in various issues going from scientific research to protection of human rights and freedom of speech and expression have lead her to occupy the position of Deputy Editor-in-Chief for the International Press Forum for CANIMUN 2017.