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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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Journalism Student Juggles Internships with LA Times, New York Times

For 21-year-old Arizona State University journalism student Salvador Rodriguez, 2011 has definitely turned out to be the best of Times.

The Mexico City born, Houston raised Rodriguez recently completed a 12-week summer internship at the LA Times, working closely with technology section editor Peter Pae and scoring a front-page story on Monday about the potential impact of Apple’s iMessage technology. Now, as he prepares to complete a final fall semester in Phoenix before moving on this winter to his school’s DC bureau, it’s back to assisting locally based New York Times reporter Marc Lacey, who covers both Arizona and New Mexico.

“I started in January with Marc,” Rodriguez tells FishbowlLA via telephone. “It’s more of an unofficial kind of internship. We correspond mostly via telephone and email, and if he needs for example a stringer to cover something on the ASU campus, it makes more sense for me to go. I’m of a similar demographic to the students, so the conversation opens up more.”

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