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Simon Owens
Works at Benefit Administration for the Self-Employed, LLC
Attended Shippensburg University
Lives in Washington, DC
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Ashton Kutcher started a “news site” that’s visited by millions. This is less impressive than it sounds.
It happens once every few months. A business or media reporter writes a breathless profile of some previously unknown...
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This guy started a foreign policy blog in grad school. Now the State Department pays thousands of dollars a year to access his content.
Like many journalism startups to emerge in recent years, the World Politics Review came about simply because the kind of reporting...
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Michele Payn-Knoper launched one of the world's most successful Twitter chats. She reveals how she did it in this interview.
What’s a Twitter chat? It’s an event conducted on Twitter at a specific time that centers on a specific hashtag that was invented specifically for the chat. At...
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In case you're wondering how I monetize my skills
It’s commonly accepted at this point that every company and organization should have an official blog, and that every working professional should be engaging in thought leadership in the form of blogging and social media engagement. The problem is that...
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The death of clickbait journalism has been greatly exaggerated. 
In interview after interview, media executives have suggested we're entering what could be considered a "post-pageview" age, that they no longer adhere to...
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How does anyone (I work with nonprofits, so let's just say nonprofits) break free of FB? I tire of the game. It distracts from substance. 
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Hey guys, I wanted to give you a sneak peak at my upcoming TED Talk/SXSW panel
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An argument can be made that Twitter is the most important platform for industry thought leadership and conversation
If I asked you which social network is best for advancing your own personal career, you might say LinkedIn. But while LinkedIn is...
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The world's largest global PR firm reveals how it crafts its Twitter ad campaigns.
In terms of granular targeting of your messaging, few platforms are more effective than Twitter. Using its various advertising tools, you can boost your posts to place them in front of your targeted demographics, create a trending hashtag, or even target...
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The Atlantic's social media editor explains how he leverages Twitter and why Ta-Nehisi Coates is so powerful on the platform. 
Though Facebook drives far more traffic to content than any other social media network, Twitter plays a vital role not only as a...
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It’s becoming difficult to get outraged about the possibility of ISPs offering internet fast lanes when, increasingly, we’re not given any access to the lanes at all.
Ask any digital editor at the largest mainstream news publishers -- places like the New York Times, CNN, and Reuters -- what are their biggest sources of web traffic, and they'll list Google within the top five, if not the very top referrer. But this...
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We must operate under the assumption that no form of culture, no matter how self-explanatory, will escape unscathed.
As far as internet scandals go, the Daniel Tosh "rape joke" controversy is ancient history, but it's worth revisiting for a moment to consider what happens when a snippet of rhetoric is divorced from one medium and placed in another. In 2012, Tosh had...
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Yup. That's pretty much it.
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This makes perfect sense when you realize how much overlap there is between the two communities.
Back in December, I interviewed some of the world's most popular interior design bloggers about why we've seen so much advertiser interest in this section of the blogosphere. I asked everyone I interviewed for the piece where most of their traffic came...
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Content and social media marketer
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Blogging, journalism, html, marketing, social media marketing, Public relations, PR,
Employment
  • Benefit Administration for the Self-Employed, LLC
    Content and Social Media Marketing Consultant, 2014 - present
  • US News and World Report
    Assistant Managing Editor, 2012 - 2013
  • JESS3
    Director of PR, 2011 - 2012
  • Levick
    Director of Digital Content, 2013 - 2014
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Washington, DC
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Texas, Illinois, Pennsylvania
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Simon Owens is a longtime journalist, marketer, and PR professional. He began his career as a newspaper reporter covering local government in Virginia. In 2008, he moved to Washington, DC to work at a marketing agency while simultaneously serving as an associate editor at PBS’ MediaShift. He has conducted PR, content marketing, and social media strategy for dozens of companies, organizations, and individuals, including Google, Comcast, Forbes, ESPN, C-SPAN, and Nike. For two years he was an assistant managing editor at US News & World Report where he built out the company’s then-nascent social media presence. His writing has appeared in The Atlantic, Forbes, Harvard’s Nieman Lab, The Next Web, Daily Dot, PBS.org, and US News & World Report.
Education
  • Shippensburg University
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June 9