The buzz of excitement and productivity is commonplace in the Model European Union pressroom as you are tasked with one of the most freelance of roles. Throughout the week, your fast-paced life revolves around a daily newspaper, press conferences and continuous pursuit of news, scandals, and memorable quotes. The job is never done and you stay focused even when the social programme is on. Updating participants about the progress of the conference is your main objective. Your job is to record the simulation in Strasbourg, both inside the European Parliament building and on the streets of the Alsace capital, by producing a daily newspaper (in tabloid and broadsheet forms on alternate days), a daily video newscast, a photo portfolio as well as a promotional video for next year's conference.
You will be part of a 15-strong press team, consisting of 10 journalists, 3 videojournalists and 2 photojournalists, which will be right at the heart of the conference as you look to find the top stories and produce top-quality products for the 200 odd other participants and organisers that will be anxious to keep a record of this fantastic event.
Before Strasbourg, journalists will be asked to create a pre-conference broadsheet-style newspaper to introduce the simulation and its topics to participants, as well as prepare a visual templates and brands of both tabloid and broadsheet newspapers. Videographers will be asked to prepare a visual template and brand for the video newscast and photographers will be tasked with preparing an institutional campaign (on behalf of the European Commission) to promote the proposals that will be simulated.
For participants who are not journalists: The journalists' role is to add some realistic fourth power pressure on you acting as politicians. Prepare to be scrutinised and quoted in bold. It is for us to point out your lapses and the fact of you being under-informed. Have no fear, though. Networking officers, we are only there to provide you with some good reading and laughs at mealtime. Do not hesitate to give us quoting permissions - at the end of the day, it is fun to find yourself on the front page!
***PLEASE NOTE: All participants, including those in the press team are required to pay the participation fee. The fee covers accommodation, food and drink and travel as well as social programme activities. You need to provide your own equipment, be it laptop, cameras etc.***