Mass Comm 139: Prof. Craig: Second Debate Assignment,
Second Debate Assignment, Part 1
The second presidential debate of the 2016 general
election campaign, between
Republican nominee Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Hillary
Clinton, will be held Sunday evening, October 9.
It will be carried on all the major news networks and widely available for
viewing online. It will be done in a "town hall"
format, in which half of the questions will be posed directly by the
audience (made up of undecided voters) and the other half will be
posed by the moderator based on topics of public interest as
reflected in social media and other sources. The moderators will be
Anderson Cooper of CNN and Martha Raddatz of ABC.
Your assignment is as follows.
BEFORE watching the
debate, you will make a list of five or more things you
expect to see from each candidate in the debate. These
* Subjects they will emphasize
* Attacks they will make against their opponent
* Policies or issues on which they will defend themselves
* References to the first debate or the VP debate
Feel free to include any expectations that don't fit into these
categories. You may read up on the debate beforehand and
use that material to help reach your conclusions.
You will watch the debate in its
entirety. You DO NOT have to watch it live -- you can
stream it later at your convenience. However, you may
not read or watch any post-debate commentary or analysis
before viewing it, or before completing the assignment.
You will take notes on the
debate, paying close attention to the following:
* Both candidates' general performance (strengths and
* Both candidates' seeming grasp of facts
* Any mistakes or gaffes you believe either candidate makes
* Any other pivotal moments you perceive
Please bring your list of
expectations and your notes on the event to Monday morning's class
-- you won't need anything formally written up yet. I'll
assign Part 2 during Monday's class, and the whole thing will be due
via email by the start of Wednesday's class.