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International Press Corps
The Press collectively refers to the gathering, publishing or broadcasting of news in various media, including newspapers, periodicals, radio and television news broadcasting. The Press is also referred to as the ‘Fourth Estate’, referring to its impact in advocating and framing political issues, thus lending it immense social influence.
In the context of a Model United Nations conference, the Press plays the role of informing, educating and communicating ideas across or within the councils. At NTUMUN 2021, the Press Corps will be composed of five agencies from the world over, comprising of five press reporters each. The agencies were handpicked to represent a wide range of cultural and political perspectives, keeping in mind the quality and credibility of the information purveyed.
The Washington Post, colloquially referred to as WaPo, is a daily newspaper based in Washington D.C., USA. It was founded in 1877 and has since been owned by Democratic and Republican state representatives. Under its current owner, Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon, WaPo generally portrays a left-centre bias, with generally highly factual reporting.
The Chicago Tribune, was founded in 1847, in Chicago, Illinois, USA. It is privately owned by the Tribune Publishing Company, which also operates several newspapers across USA. The agency leans towards generally conservative and libertarian ideologies, reflecting its Midwestern cultural background, and has generally highly factual reporting.
Channel News Asia
Channel NewsAsia (CNA) is an English-language based news channel founded in Singapore in 1999. It positions itself as an alternative to Western media, by offering “an Asian perspective”. The agency is owned and operated by the Mediacorp Group, which is Singapore’s national public broadcaster. It is generally a low-biased and credible source.
Al Jazeera is an international news network, founded in 1996 in Doha, Qatar. It is owned by the Qatar Media Corporation. The agency portrays a slight bias towards Qatar’s policies in its reporting and leans towards a left-centre stance while reporting world politics. It provides mostly factual information; however, it has failed several fact checks in its past.
Agence France Presse
Agence France-Presse (AFP), founded in 1835 and headquartered in Paris, France is an international news agency. It is partially funded by the French government, however most of its reporting tends to be neutrally worded, with minimal bias. It has never failed a fact check; in fact, the agency can be considered a credible fact checker itself.
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