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Welcome to the Press Corps/Department of Public Information

Welcome to the Press Corps of the second largest Youth In Government program in the nation. We are one component of the larger Center for Civic Engagement conferences and are responsible for reporting on conference events and current happenings during the conferences. We have two sub components: video press and print press.

Print Press

The Print Press is half of the Press Corps and is responsible for printing the conference newspaper. The conference newspaper focuses on conference events while incorporating broader world events as well. The conference newspapers, "The Ledger" for Youth in Government and "Y in the World" for the Model United Nations program, are published about twice a day per conference day, both in print format and available for download on the conference app. The issues focus on candidate profiles for upcoming elections, recent happenings within the conference, world issues, and notable legislation moving through the chambers. The papers also include relevant information to the delegates such as dining suggestions and themes for the conference dance. The Print Press is the pulse of the conference and works to deliver the information delegates need to know in an efficient format.

Print Platforms

The Print Press functions with several Think Pads for individual story composition, and a new iMac complete with Adobe Creative Suites 5 for the construction and formatting of the paper. The individual press members go out into the field and collect their notes, and then come back to write their complete story. After their stories have been reviewed, the editor then formats and puts them into the paper which is then sent to the actual press for print and later distribution to the delegates. The current publications include photographs taken by the Corps members. The conference paper comes out daily during the conference.

Video Press

The Video Press functions on a professional level to produce news broadcasts every evening. Our broadcasts are posted in the conference app via YouTube for the delegates to watch. The Video Press reports on the happenings of the conference while incorporating world events into the newscast. The Corps goes out into the various components to conduct interviews and provide highlights of the happenings of the day every evening in an in depth newscast. Students will have the chance to work with field interviews,video editing, sound engineering, lighting, filming, anchoring, and photography. The Video Press combines video journalism with a conventional newscast to provide in depth coverage of the conference to the delegates every evening.

Video Platforms

The Video Press functions with a new iMac complete with full hardware upgrades and Final Cut Studio for all of our newscast presentation editing. We currently Nikon cinematic solutions and professional wireless microphones to ensure only the highest quality footage is incorporated into our newscasts. When combined with our professional set complete with backdrops and green screen technology, these elements help the Corps to deliver a high quality newscast in a professional format.

Information for Corps Members

Press is a competitive component. Please be sure to put effort into your applications. Due to the competitive nature of the corps, registration will close when we have reached our max number of students. The applications cover your specific skills and interests, and will be used to determine who will be in the corps.

You must fill out and submit the entire application if you want to be a member of the press.

You are also responsible for a preliminary assignment that must be turned in before you attend the conference which will be emailed to you 2-3 weeks before the conference (to ensure that the material is current). If you do not complete this assignment, you will not be eligible for awards or to run for office.


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