The assessment is 1,500 words and must include a report on how you developed the speech by explaining the sources used. The report can be short, in the region of 250-500 words and should focus on one aspect of the speech, such as the primary sources used (census and demographics of a state or district) or an interest group relationship with the political player. You must use at least 7 primary sources.
You will be a speech writer writing for a politician at either the local, state or national level at the present time (but not the president – although your candidate may have presidential ambitions). Consider the questions below to help you formulate who the speech is aimed at and what issues you will discuss (you will get a chance to give an appraisal of your speech in the report to explain why you used certain issues):
What office are you running for?
What is your party affiliation?
Are you a challenger or an incumbent?
Who is your audience? (Immediate and broader audience. Do you have future
What State are you in? How does your region determine who you target the
speech at and what you say?
What ethnicity are you or are you trying to get to vote for you?
Is there any group you do not mind ‘scapegoating’ or isolating?
What are the demographics of the State? (Racial breakdown/age groups/
What is the economic demographic of the State?
Where is the speech being given? (A specific city or town?)
Who are you attempting to attain funding from? (Think interest groups.)
Are there specific cultural references that you need to make? (Either
regional variations or single issues that may be important.)
Please state at the top of your assessment who you are (political player/name), political affiliation, and what office you are running for (or for re-election) – e.g.:
Governor Nathan De’ath, Republican, running for re-election as governor for Alabama
Diana Cookie, Democrat, running for the House of Representatives in California’s 12th District
You must not be a real political person as this will lead to plagiarism – however you may look at speeches of similar political actors (such as Senators, Governors and Mayors) to get inspiration and to get the tone, politics and policies correct. These will contribute to your primary source count.
Report, 250-500 words:
You must give a succinct report that reflects upon some of the above questions directly. Give a clear breakdown of your regional demographics and economic circumstances, this may include an appendix. You need to show an image of your electoral district (such as the congressional district if you are running for the House of Representatives). You should also reflect on your ideological persuasion and who you intend to garner funds from. This is a short aspect of the assessment so keep it focused on one or two issues to exemplify your general approach (i.e.: you do not need to cover everything that you discuss in the speech).
Your bibliography should be divided between secondary sources (text books/journal articles) and primary sources (such as the US census, political party websites, PACs and funding/interest groups as well as specific political speeches you found useful). There is a list of sources in the reading list and specific websites that can be utilized which will also be used in lectures and seminars – these will also be on Moodle. You must use both primary and secondary sources – you must use at least 7 primary sources.