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Simon Owens
Works at Benefit Administration for the Self-Employed, LLC
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The podcast industry brings in a paltry $34 million a year. The radio industry? $45 billion
We've seen a new phrase enter our lexicon in recent months: the "Serial effect." Google it and you'll find this neologism employed everywhere from The Hollywood Reporter to USA Today, and it's used to describe the cambrian explosion caused by Serial, a...
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It's time for some brutal truths
Look at the email inbox of any reporter and you're likely to see a graveyard of bad pitches from public relations specialists, the detritus that comes as a result of a low barrier to entry and a fundamental misunderstanding of the very people they're...
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BuzzFeed has staked its entire future on native advertising, but what happens when the FTC drops the hammer?
In late March, CUNY journalism professor Jeff Jarvis reached into his own pocket and paid for a Google Consumer Survey, the results of which should concern anyone who works within the journalism or advertising industry. He did so after browsing the viral...
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Expecting your customers to call and wait on hold is no longer an option.
Ten years ago, a customer who was having a problem with a product or service only had one option: call customer service and wait on hold until someone eventually addressed their problem. These days, they’re just as likely to hunt down the company’s...
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The white men in tailored suits have had their moment. Bring on the green lipstick and Froot Loops
It's hard to pinpoint why Bill Clinton's June 3, 1992 appearance on The Arsenio Hall Show was such a seminal moment in the history of presidential interviews. After all, he wasn't the first presidential candidate to agree to an interview on a late night...
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If the Brian Williams fiasco taught us one thing, it’s to not put all your eggs in one media basket. 
In my interview last month with Jake Swearingen, social media editor at The Atlantic, Swearingen's assessment of Twitter and its role in driving real traffic to news...
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The rise of the freelance editor
For awhile it probably seemed to some friends and family that Rebecca Faith Heyman had pursued an expensive degree at NYU without any intention of actually using it. She did her undergraduate and graduate degrees there, both in English, and while many of...
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Just broke a story!
The finding reveals just how easy it is to tip the scales on Wikipedia.
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The teens can have their Vines and Snapchats. When they finally grow up and graduate college they can join the only network that can actually get them a job
Snapchat. Meerkat. Periscope. Pinterest. If you scan tech news headlines you'll notice a certain predilection for the shiny and new, a tendency to cover pre-IPO, still-nascent social platforms that have the potential to capture market share from current...
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Some of the most influential people on the internet are largely anonymous and have been repeatedly accused of abusing their power. I give you an in-depth look into the world of Reddit's most powerful moderators.
Reddit thrives on the whims of unpaid moderators. Is it time to reel them in?
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Facebook may have the most users, but the most engage citizens often converse on Twitter.
It used to be that if a political PAC or activist wanted to place pressure on lawmakers to enact some kind of policy change, they’d urge you to “call your Congressmen.” Now they’re just as likely to launch a campaign on social media and encourage...
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As a real-time social network, Twitter is the world’s largest focus group.
Most users who regularly access Twitter do so merely to read what the people they’re following are tweeting and to check their @ mentions, but because Twitter is an open platform with most tweets accessible to the public, there’s a wealth of...
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Content and social media marketer
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Blogging, journalism, html, marketing, social media marketing, Public relations, PR,
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  • 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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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.
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  • Shippensburg University
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June 9