AUSMUN: A learning opportunity for aspiring journalists

UNIVERSITY CITY — The American University of Sharjah’s 12th annual Model United Nations marked itself as an opportunity for students to gain near-authentic journalistic experiences.

In preparation for the 2019 AUSMUN newsletter, the journalism team scattered around campus covering various aspects of the event ranging from the opening ceremony to the delegates’ experiences.

Having to complete their articles before the conference was over, students worked under tight deadlines.

AUS journalism and public relations student, Frederikke Christiansen said in a Feb. 24 interview that the experience had a "realistic feel" because they had to work in real time.

Christiansen said that to ensure they reached their deadlines, they had to write their stories immediately after attending the events they were assigned to cover.

“[It] was very different to anything I had done before,” she added.

She said that due to her shyness, being assigned to interview people during the conference helped her gain the most out of it.

AUSMUN media director Yuvika Bhatia said in a Feb. 25 interview that she believes students can acquire great insight from this “formal journalistic experience” particularly in editorial writing “in terms of op-ed pieces about world issues.”

Bhatia said the conference allowed journalists to produce a variety of content “but the period of time to produce [it] … is very short as they also need[ed] to work with designers to ensure that everything fits into one masterpiece.”

The experience also extended to non-journalism majors in the team.

AUS international relations student Lana Badruddin said in a Feb. 24 interview that it was a “unique experience for those who love writing.” It was motivating to work in a thought-driven atmosphere characterized by unity and teamwork, she added.

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