The Upper House First Semester Project

What Does It Take to Change a Voter's Mind?

On Monday November 3, the night before the coming election, your team will present a campaign television commercial on a specific California proposition to the registered voters of the Metro community. The purpose of your ad is to persuade your audience on how to vote in the California election on the following day.

Your Task

Each team of four students will create the following products:

  1. a research brief on the issue of your proposal
  2. focus group research, based on interviews you conduct with the target voters of your campaign
  3. a campaign commercial (30 seconds or less) on one of the ballot initiatives in the upcoming election

Your Success

Your success depends on:

  1. the quality of the research on your team’s proposition
  2. your understanding of the art and science of voter persuasion
  3. your skill in video production and editing
  4. your ability to work collaboratively in a fast-paced, deadline-demanding election schedule
  5. the critical thinking and communication skills you develop in forming a sustained political argument

Campaign Ads 2008

The Upper Division students of Metro are proud to present their political ads for the California propositions of November 2008. These videos are the product of months of researching the ballot, interviewing voters, studying the media, thinking critically about the issues, and spending hours in video production.

We are thrilled that ABC-7 News came to Metro to film a story about our project. See the ABC-7 News story.

All of the ads are posted here.

Congratulations to the students of Metro for their wildly successful exhibition night.

Reference Documents

Benchmarks

  1. Ballot Review : due 9/19
  2. Team Platform : due 9/26
  3. Focus Group Research : due 9/29
  4. Commercial Treatment Proposal : due 10/3
  5. Commerical Storyboard and Script : due 10/8
  6. First Draft of Campaign Commercial : due 10/22
  7. Program Notes : due 10/22
  8. Final Draft of Campaign Commercial : due 10/29
  9. White Paper : due 12/12

Example of Student Work from 2008

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No on Prop 8: Eliminates Right of Same-Sex Couples to Marry

Produced by Ashley Archie, Erick Colmenares, Juan Lopez, Albert Quezada, Elizabeth Rodriguez

Our target voter is minority groups. The reason why we chose this specific target voter group is because we feel minorities have been the most affected when it comes to their human rights. We feel that they are the largest group that can relate to Proposition 8. By giving the examples of civil rights movements, how African-Americans were discriminated against for so many years for who they are for example, we show voters how they can overcome this civil rights violation. In our commercial we show powerful images that will hopefully change thoughts and ideas about Proposition 8. In using these images we employ pathos, making our target voter feel the injustice towards gay people by passing Proposition 8.

See all of the 2008 student campaign ads . . .