Save the Children Campaign, the Analysis

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Save the Children Campaign, The Analysis


The organization that I chose to analysis is the Save the Children Campaign. This organization relies heavily upon ethos and pathos to get support for their cause. This organization uses many means to get their point across to people. This organization uses the emotional appeal to their advantage and mostly they use this technique to get donations and volunteers. The use of credibility strategies has helped the organization also with receiving donations and getting people to volunteer. The mission of Save the Children is to create lasting, positive changes in the lives of children in need. Save the Children works to achieve this mission through community-based programs designed to ensure sustained improvements and benefits for children, families and communities. Save the Children main focuses are child protection, economic opportunities, education, health, HIV/AIDS, hunger and malnutrition, and saving newborn lives. This organization use a variety of techniques, the techniques are ethos, pathos, visual persuasion, celebrity selling power, and image management to establish themselves as a credible organization.

Save the Children began serving children in the United States in 1932 in response to The Great Depression. Save the Children is the leading independent organization creating real and lasting change for children in need in the United States and around the world. It is a member of the International Save the Children Alliance, comprising 27 national Save the Children organizations working in more than 110 countries to ensure the well being of children. This organization is a non-governmental agency providing technical assistance and funding throughout the world. The way Save the Children helps people, they respond to any emergency that puts at great risk the survival, protection, and well-being of large numbers of children, where addressing the needs and well-being of those children is beyond the indigenous coping capacity, and where Save the Children is able to assemble the financial and human resources to take urgent action on their behalf. According to Charles MacCormack, President, Save the Children "There is much work to do, and when nearly a billion children go to bed hungry, neglected or abused every night, we cannot wait." Today, Save the Children is recognized as a leading independent child-assistance agency creating real and lasting change for children in need in 12 states and in more than 40 developing countries (Shriver).

Analysis and Critique

The use of Ethos:

O'Keefe defines the concept of ethos as "judgments made by a perceiver concerning the believability of a communicator" (Gass 76). Other important features of credibility include that it is a multidimensional construct, meaning that it represents a combination of several characteristics, and also that it is a situational and contextual experience. In other words, the traits that may be admired in one situation, may be looked upon unflatteringly in the next, therefore, credibility is subject to change based on the audience or setting (Gass 77). Exactly how credible is this organization? This organization entire program centers on their credibility.

Save the Children Campaign has found it use to useful the following credibility strategies. First, they provide information to show that they have firsthand experience or some other kind of authority on the subject. Second, they choose examples and lines of reasoning or rational appeals that their audience can relate to. Finally, they use specific facts, ideas, and reasoning accurately (Persuasive). They do this because they know if their ideas are too over the top their target audience will not respond in the way want them to.

This organization tries very hard to keep up their credibility. There was a study performed in Korea; the study was to examine the effect of the online information credibility on trust...
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