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Dumb Survey Results Followed by Even Dumber Reporting

Is a news trail about a shocking “tech terms” multiple-choice survey taken by American consumers on behalf of UK outfit Vouchercloud still valid if:

a) the LA Times reporter who started it all never actually saw the survey?;
b) the methodology and margins-of-error for said survey are completely unknown?;
c) the survey answers – including the headline-grabbing claim that 11% of Yanks answering think HTML refers to a sexually transmitted disease – suggest that many of the alleged two-thousand-plus respondents raced through the questionnaire with carelessness, goofiness, or both?

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LAT tech reporter Salvador Rodriguez‘s pick-up of a Vouchercloud press release blazed a trail across the Internet Tuesday, most notably as a Drudge link, Romenesko headline of the day, Time item and BuzzFeed pictorial. But some good digging by iMediaEthics managing editor Sydney Smith has led BuzzFeed’s Ryan Broderick, Time‘s Jessica Roy and Romenesko to all post updates. Here is BuzzFeed’s:

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How an LA Times Reporter Learned to Face Death to Understand Life

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In the 2010 HBO documentary about his life, Dr. Jack Kevorkian espoused what he had learned after years of helping disease-addled patients end their own lives: Once you accept death as part of life, you will no longer fear it. Forget the rituals, the Christian ideas of afterlife. Death was the final chapter. The chemical reactions that kept your heart beating all this time ceased. In place of your consciousness, sweet, serene nothingness. Kurt Vonnegut, who wrote often about his atheism and humanism, praised his rationale — the Cat’s Cradle author even wrote a radio play entitled, ironically, “God Bless You, Dr. Kevorkian.” He shared Kevorkian’s view that understanding and accepting death could help you forge a more moral life.

In her debut book The Death Class: A Story About Life, journalist Erika Hayasaki seems to present this theory through a case study.

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Greenwald Venture Gets a Name: First Look Media

PMO Headshot Studio_Michele ClementIt doesn’t get much better these media days than a billionaire backer and a Honolulu dateline. NUY prof Jay Rosen posted today that the Glenn Grennwald-Pierre Omidyar (pictured) venture that he is now also a part of will be called First Look Media:

First Look Media is made up of several entities, including a company established to develop new media technology and a separate nonprofit journalism organization. The journalism operation, which will be incorporated as a 501(c)(3), will enjoy editorial independence, and any profits eventually earned by the technology company are committed to support First Look’s mission of independent journalism. The name of First Look Media’s initial digital publication is yet to be announced.

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The Night Walter Winchell Slept Through a Major Celebrity Scoop

TheFatLadySangIn case you hadn’t noticed, we cannot get enough of The Fat Lady Sang, Hollywood legend Robert Evans‘ brand new memoir. Our copy is ready and waiting this holiday weekend, set to take precedence whenever a football or leftovers munch break allows.

We’ve also been gobbling up Evans interview coverage and must congratulate LA Times reporter Susan King for concocting the most appealing lede we’ve read so far. She frames today’s article with a bit from the book about the time aspiring actor Evans, while on a 1950s red eye from New York to LA, had a dalliance in the sleeping-berths area of the plane with an older female movie star. Among the other passengers sleeping in the confined area containing six beds – Walter Winchell:

There was something daring, even dangerous in having a mile-high rendezvous while the influential Winchell, who could make or break celebrities, was just two feet away. “That’s the only reason I did it,” said Evans in a recent interview, flashing his killer smile.

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Dateline NBC Delves Into Unsolved Murder of Newspaper Reporter’s Brother

The Rainey family, which includes former LA Times media critic James (he is now on the paper’s political desk), is heading into a second Thanksgiving with the excruciating pain of an unsolved family murder. On May 31, 2012, James’ older brother Robert, a chiropractor in west Los Angeles, was found murdered in his office by the first scheduled patient of the day.

As part of its online “Dateline Detective” feature, Dateline NBC this week is shining another light on the specifics of the crime and urging anyone who witnessed anything that morning around the Venice Blvd. location to contact the LAPD.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Farrow to Host MSNBC Show | NY Mag Going Biweekly? | Simers Sues LA Times


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Ronan Farrow Joins MSNBC, Will Host Weekday Show (TVNewser)
Ronan Farrow is joining MSNBC where he will host a new Monday-Friday program for the network. Farrow is a writer and lawyer, and son of actress/humanitarian Mia Farrow and, most likely, film director/actor Woody Allen. “Ronan has established himself as a provocative, independent journalist capable of challenging people’s assumptions and empowering audiences,” said MSNBC president Phil Griffin in his announcement. THR / The Live Feed Farrow’s television experience — and his familiarity to MSNBC viewers — is limited. And Griffin said that he’ll appear across MSNBC’s programs in the interim to build Farrow’s profile. Certainly the MSNBC chief has shown a willingness to groom talent that may lack TV skills. NYT Griffin said Farrow’s youth should be a plus in reaching out to viewers of his generation (few of whom regularly watch cable news), but he said the main rationale for the hire was “his personality — we look at personality and the ability to communicate.” FishbowlDC “This is a new generation of news show for a new, more engaged generation of viewers. It’s a show about why the news matters to you — and what you can do to be a part of the story,” said Farrow in a release.

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Banksy Posts; New Yorkers Show Up [Update]

Do you consider yourself a New Yorker in the know? Do you follow what appears to be a brand new, official Banksy Twitter account? If the answers to these questions are respectively yes and no, you may want to remedy the latter.

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The famed, stealth British-born graffiti artist has set up artistic residency in Manhattan and triggered a Twitter account pointing to the website banksyny.com. The site is chronicling his various NYC street efforts and causing lots of excitement each time around. From a New York Daily News report:

To Pace student Mathias Watson, 21, it was an exciting opportunity to see an authentic Banksy in-person. “I just love the chase,” he said, adding that he found the location after Banksy tweeted it. The Chelsea piece has already accrued new tags, from a black stencil of embattled Chinese artist and activist Ai Wei Wei to other graffiti artist tags.

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Former Observer Features Editor Has Big Plans for Pasadena Magazine

Maria Russo (pictured), who worked at the New York Observer under Peter Kaplan from 2002 to 2004 before moving west for a four-year stint with the LA Times Calendar section, has been at the helm of bi-monthly city magazine Pasadena since late March. Today, as part of a very ambitious new vision for the publication, she officially launched the revamped website pasadenarose.com.

“They loved my idea of broadening the magazine geographically and going for longer-form stories,” editor-in-chief Russo tells FishbowlNY via telephone. “Pasadena has the second highest concentration of non-profits in the country after D.C. There’s also this incredible science/tech scene with Cal Tech, JPL and so on, that offers all sorts of rich opportunities for coverage.”

And it’s not just about Pasadena anymore. Since the publication was launched in 2007 with backing from Mark Hulme, owner of a Texas magazine empire and currently also a producer on the Ashton Kutcher-Steve Jobs biopic, the area has fully morphed into Greater LA’s equivalent of Brooklyn. The strand between Silver Lake and Pasadena, where Russo works with two other full-time staff and an intern, has exploded with Highland Park, Eagle Rock and Glendale migration and artistic activity.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: LA Times Cuts Staff | Kurtz Signs Off CNN | New Yorker Backlash


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Profit at Los Angeles Times Owner Tribune Co. Plummets 41 Percent (LA Times / Money & Co.)
Earnings at Tribune Co., parent of the Los Angeles Times, fell sharply in the first quarter as advertising revenue continued to slide and the company incurred a big tax bill. The company reported net income of $58.4 million in the three months, a 41 percent plunge from the $99.1 million in the year-earlier period. Revenue slid 3.3 percent to $705 million and pretax income declined 7.8 percent to $80.2 million. SCPR / The Breakdown The Los Angeles Times laid off an unspecified number of employees Friday, newspaper spokeswoman Nancy Sullivan confirmed to KPCC. Sullivan declined to specify how many employees lost their jobs or which departments were affected, saying only that the paper “undertook a modest staff reduction.” Times staff members — who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak for the company — said about 20 employees were laid off. The graphics department took a huge hit, the employees said. TheWrap / MediaAlley In a letter to the newsroom obtained by TheWrap, editor Davan Maharaj and managing editor Marc Duvoisin called the layoffs “difficult” before describing a plan for a more sweeping overhaul of the website and alluding to “new recruits.”

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Possible Sale of LA Times to Koch Brothers Sparks Protest

Approximately 300 union members, activists, and Los Angeles Times readers rallied downtown yesterday to protest the potential sale of the paper to right-wing billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch.

The protest was held at noon outside the downtown office of the investment firm Oaktree Capital Management, which holds the largest share of the Tribune Co. Musician Ry Cooder performed for the crowd, singing “I Don’t Want Your Millions, Mister” with special anti-Koch lyrics added.

From the LA Times coverage:

The protesters targeted Oaktree because the firm manages pension investments on behalf of unionized government employees, including those in the California Public Employees’ Retirement System.

“We don’t want that kind of thing going on with our money,” said Maria Elena Durazo, executive secretary-treasurer of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO. “That’s like us selling you a car so you can run us over.”

The rumor of a Tribune Co. sale to Koch Industries has already inspired multiple online petitions and vocal opposition from unions and politicians.

The LA Weekly also covered the protest, and took some great photos.

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