Alexandria G Aytay


This poster reflects research conducted as part of a course project designed to give students experience in the research process.



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The world is much different today than it was 20 years ago. Since the technology boom, media has been running through people’s phones every day. A massive downfall that has come to light over the past few years is the controversy linking autism to vaccines. We see it on the news and we read it online and we wonder the accuracy of it all. The purpose of this project is to examine this fable and look at the vaccination coverage that has been lurking through the media and how people have received the wrong idea. In doing this, I have taken an online class from Poynter NewsU on plagiarism and fabrication which I will put to use while researching this topic as well as looking through my own personal research paper. Poytner Institute is well-known and respected in the field of mass communication. I have also interviewed Dayton’s own Dr. Teresa Thompson. Dr. Thompson has not only edited multiple resources to conclude that the linkage between autism and vaccinations is fabricated but she also has personal experience with the negative consequences of not vaccinating children at an early age. I plan on furthering my research through academic articles and news sites to see which station “got it right”. This topic is very important to academia and the mass communication field because this is what mass communication does in the wrong hands. Through a fabricated article, people began to not vaccinate their children in fear that doing so will cause autism. Now, many people are affected and not vaccinated.

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Course Project - Undergraduate

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Chad Painter

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Stander Symposium project

The Linkage Between Vaccinations and Autism Portrayed Through Mass Media