WebMUN 2014 - Behin the Scenes

By Philipp Grüll

VIENNA - Thomas Jefferson would’ve loved this year's WebMUN. The statesman understood the necessity of a free press for democracy to work. He even said that between a government without newspapers and newspapers without government, he’d go for the latter. In this spirit, WebMUN 2014 will feature a team of journalists as part of the press committee. For the sake of both realism and a great experience. Those students will be on the hunt for stories throughout the conferences. They’ll be everywhere at once. Following debates. Interviewing delegates. Connecting. And, of course, making it all public.

Every WebMUN – journalist will represent one international news organization. Those include BBC (UK), RIANovosti (Russia), and Al Jazeera (Quatar). Different agencies, different nations – different viewpoints. To make the simulation as realistic as possible, the writers will consider both bias and style of their respective role. These articles will be published daily, on the WebMUN-website. This is your spyhole. Here the public can catch a glimpse of what’s going on behind the closed doors. Mr. Jefferson probably would’ve had it bookmarked. I suggest you do the same.

Apart from that, the journalists have another task. They shall play god and wreak utter havoc. Five pre-written “crisis-articles”. Five global breakdowns. Five emergency situations which will strike the committees when they’ll least expect it. Just like in reality, smooth sailing is not an option. That’s world politics for you. These articles, just as well, will reach the public through the internet. To make sure the articles reach the audience, they’ll be linked on the WebMUN Facebook and Twitter accounts.

The articles will complement the video newsflashes, providing in-depth analysis of the events and conferences. They will have all the details a responsible citizen could ever wish for. Simulation or not – enhancing one’s ability to track and understand political processes has never been that convenient. During these four days, the Palais Wenkheim will be a place of heated debates. Of waving hands and shouting mouths. Of negotiation and tradeoffs. Just like so many times before. Only this time, the rest of the world can have a part of this.