The international Press Forum (IPF) committee at CANIMUN 2018 will give delegates attending the conference the opportunity to experience international relations, policy making and innovation from the point of view of media outlets such as the Wall Street Journal, La Presse or The Guardian. Supervised by a traditional DAIS, delegates in this committee will be tasked with writing assignments rooted in observational work in the various committees at CANIMUN 2018. Delegates will have to put into practice their platform’s views, opinions and style, exposing the participants to the bias that sometimes erupts in contemporary media. Delegated will also partake in committee discussions on the implications of their views and their individual biases for the simulated mass of media sources, and how such dynamics may affect the real world.
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.
Position Papers are due March 1st. See our Guidelines here.
Co-Director: Kirthana Sasitharan
Kirthana is a final year Masters of Journalism candidate 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, CANIMUN, and Youth Assembly at the UN Headquarters. 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. She has served as UWinMUN’s Secretary-General and IPF Editor-in-Chief. She will be serving as the the Under-Secretary-General, Delegate Affairs (Outreach) for CANIMUN 2018 alongside her role as Co-Director of the IPF
Co-Director: George Stoyanov
George Stoyanov is a graduate of Dawson College in the Law Society and Justice program presently pursuing a Political Science degree at Concordia University. George has previously been involved with the Montreal United Nations Conference in a variety of positions, including Under-Secretary-General of Operations in 2015 and Under-Secretary-General of Administration in 2017. In 2016 he went to study abroad at L’institut d’études politiques de Paris, commonly referred to as Science Po, with the hope to better understand the issues relating to transatlantic relations. Furthermore, he has also been involved with the Harvard World Model United Nations conference in 2017 where he was the Director of Logistics. Finally, George is also a veteran CANIMUNer where he previously acted as the Editor-in-Chief of the International Press Forum in 2016 and as the Assistant Director-General in 2017. He is also an editor at the Journal of Political Affairs, which is the Undergraduate Political Science Journal at Concordia University. In his spare time George likes to read about issues relating to technology and is currently writing a thesis on the implications of automation towards employment and inequality.
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.