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The current widespread and diverse reach of the mass media leads to it assuming an opinion-forming role alongside its transmission capabilities. Although the media is ideally intended to be impartial, it tends to shed light on specific information and social spheres whilst overlooking other situations on purpose, delineating a restricted spectrum of plurality under a false notion of impartiality (Miguel & Biroli, 2010). Thus, albeit due to political, economic interests or lack of knowledge on undervalued circumstances, the media is fallible in communicating information in a perfect, unbiased manner (Xavier, 2016). One of the purposes of the Press Agency is to inquire how, and to what extent, the international media is able to undermine or promote empathy from its audience towards the stories that it covers. Additionally, the Press Agency intends to bring the thought of empathy into journalistic writing itself, so that those who write are able to pass information as clearly as possible, as to allow everyone to have access to the information regardless of their social background.

There will be a print newspaper, in which the delegates will learn about the operation of newspaper writing, representing media vehicles from all over the world. The journalists allocated to the Printed Nucleus will work independently to acquire and adapt information to their editorial lines. Here, they will be able to choose between four distinct media networks, determined according to their regional distribution, in order to enable a comprehensive understanding of the different points-of-view of the media across the world.

In addition, the Video and Social Media Nucleus will allow the Press journalists to get involved with the fun world of social networks coverage. Here, journalists will work together with the 20th AMUN’s staff to cover the conference fully, including the interaction of the participants in the social events and in the conference venue. They will heavily employ social media, drawing from AMUN’s newly established tradition of humorous, well-edited and spontaneous coverage to connect all the participants of AMUN with high spirits. Included in this nucleus, the traditional television journal will cover the behind-the-scenes of the conference. Journalists of both Nuclei will also take part in press conferences and other interventions that require action outside the scope of each Nucleus.

Therefore, the Press Agency will be the bridge linking all the other committees in the 20th AMUN. Its ultimate roles during the days of conference will be to develop a lifelike environment of media broadcasting and cultivate the integration between all participants of the 20th AMUN. It will be an incredible opportunity to simulate the routine of an international correspondent and learn about the three major types of news coverage – printed, via television and by social media.

EMPATHY IN MEDIA COVERAGE: A COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS OF INTERNATIONAL MEDIA BEHAVIOR TOWARDS CHARLIE HEBDO AND THE BOKO HARAM ATTACKS OF JANUARY 2015