Curated links for Monday, Oct. 3, 2011

NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert series, on YouTube. Just because.

Here are a few articles worth reading that I’ve found in my wanderings across the Internet over the past few days.

Hyperlocal Publishers Form a Trade Union: Some big names in hyperlocal journalism are behind this effort, which is a sensible networking alternative for small online publishers. Look forward to how it develops.

Like them or not, the latest changes to Facebook offer big ideas for news orgs: Some lessons that might be applicable from Facebook’s recent changes, by Gina Chen at Nieman Journalism Lab. Prepare to have your biases tweaked.

Rawporter: A mobile app that supposedly connects media outlets with citizens who have breaking news footage. Launching soon. This is an explanatory video.

Rusbridger: Twitter is no substitute for professional reporting: I love the first comment: “It’s true, Twitter is not like reporting. Also, spoons are not like lampposts.” Yep.

Judith Miller: ‘Just what kind of journalism is Poynter promoting?’: Based on a Poynter online course about “Covering Islam in America,” Miller, now a FOX News personality, goes on a jihad. begins tracking personal user information without consent: “The Wall Street Journal has revised the privacy policy for to permit the site to connect a user’s Web browsing data with personally identifiable information without consent. Previously, the policy stated that it would ask for users’ permission before doing so.” I am beginning to think it might be time for America to have a serious discussion about online privacy. If we could stop being distracted by shiny objects.

How News Organizations Can Cut Down On The Email Overload: Can’t we all use some help in this department?

Making it Work With a Small Staff + Other ONA notes: Sean Blanda shares some notes and observations from a nuts and bolts panel discussion at the Online News Association Conference. Includes a video of the entire talk.

Teaching in the Quickly Changing Digital Age: An SND Takeaway: Aaron Manful pulled together the handout here with lots of information for people who want to get up to speed based on a session we did at the Society of News Design conference in St. Louis.

A network infrastructure for journalists online: Paul Bradshaw explains why journalists need to understand RSS readers, social networks, and social bookmarking to navigate the new online news world. Detailed information worth your while.

Is Branded Journalism Still Journalism?: They’ve been trying to rename it for years, but it’s public relations and marketing. I don’t have a problem with journalists who go into this field, either.

Your idea sucks, now go do it anyway: Some inspiration from Jason Cohen, a start-up guy.

Twitter ban’s constitutionality debated at UNC football panel: Interesting discussion for First Amendment Day about athletics, Twitter, and free speech rights.