claimsmaker, media and audience

timer Asked: Apr 27th, 2015

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For this paper,  select a practicing activist group and one particular issue that the group/organization wishes to change to explain and analyze. Using the first seven chapters of the text, lectures, and classroom discussions as guides, you are to interpret and analyze the activist group’s working frame and offer a counter-claim. After analyzing their argument and practices, briefly describe your own position(s) on the issue. Your paper should be 10 pages in length. The questions below should provide a framework for your paper. The paper should be typed (double spaced) in Times New Roman and have 1 inch margins. All pages should be numbered. Make sure to include a reference page. Failure to format your paper as required will result in a deduction of points. If you have any questions, make sure to e-mail me.

Have separate headings for 1) Claimsmakers 2) Claim, Media & Audience, 3) Analysis


Describe the claimsmakers  (About 2 pages)

What is the organizational history? How are they funded? How many members? Experts? Activists? Both? Neither? How/why did they start? Are there other groups that they compete with? Who? What has this competition looked like?

Claim, Media, & Audience

Explain their Claim (About 5 pages)

  Name for the problem?

  What is the issue?

  Valence or Position Issue?

  What is their position?

  What are the grounds?

  What are the warrants?

  Do they piggy-back?

  Have they redefined/broadened a pre-existing problem? How?

  Who is their targeted audience? Why?

  Are they preaching to the choir?

  Do they plan to reach out to larger audiences in the future? (different age groups? Different countries?) How? Why? When? 

  Do they give any typifying examples? Explain them. Are they effective? Why/Why not? 

  Do they give shocking statistics? Why? Why not? Explain them. Where do they come from? Are there any problems with the

  Statistics? Explain them.

What are their conclusions?

What would they like their constituents to do?

  What is the primary type of media that they use?

  Has the media’s secondary construction changed any of the group’s initial ideas? Explain

  What is the predominant public opinion on the issue?  



Analyze the frame’s effectiveness (About 3  pages)

  What are the frame’s strengths? Explain them.  

  What are the frame’s weaknesses? Explain them.

  Have they enacted any change? How so? Explain. If not, why do you think they haven’t? Explain.

  How might they strengthen their claim (without changing their stance on the issue)?

  How might they reach a broader audience? Should they attempt to do so? Why/Why not? When?

*Provide a counter-claim describing why some person should not side with the claimsmakers.

Overall, is their claim effective? Why/Why not?

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