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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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Vice is about to debut a daily news show.  Can it reinvent the format?
On the first Friday in May, a line of advertising and media people stretched down New York's West 22nd Street, waiting to hear from Shane Smith, the 45-year-old bearded and bearish co-founder of Vice. One of the media...
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A look at how Melissa Bell is shaping Vox from behind the scenes
Melissa Bell is the woman Vox Media is turning to to scale its editorial content.
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"Today, app stores look a lot like the Yahoo of 20 years ago"
  "However vast any person’s basic reading may be, there still remain an enormous number of fundamental works that he has not read" Italo Calvino Erasmus is said to have been the last person in Europe to have read everything. He lived just at the point that printing took off, and so it was in his lifetime that it ceased actually to be possible to have read everything. Some time later there was presumably also a last person to hav...
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How 3D printing will help us compete with China's extremely low labor costs
An ex-Formula One engineer has a vision for making manufacturing nimble and ubiquitous.
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The future was supposed to be curated by algorithms. So why are so many tech platforms hiring human editors?
More and more companies are announcing new products based on human curation, even as the most important content players — Google and Facebook — rely on algorithms. When does curation make sense, and when are algorithms better? And ultimately, who is responsible for both?
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It's interesting to see how publications are experimenting with premium content
By creating new products and taking advantage of its extensive archives, HBR's plan is to both offer more to and ask more of subscribers.
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There are 87 sitting members of Congress who post to Medium
The site is working to establish itself as a platform where politicians can get out their message and interact with voters.
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How Reddit is changing the way we interact with scientists
The Public Library of Science, the academic publisher more commonly known as PLOS, doesn’t lack for media coverage. Launched in the early 2000s, PLOS was one of the pioneers in what’s called open access scholarly publishing. For decades, the scholarly...
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Do Millennials still want their MTV? Viacom is struggling with a demographic it should be dominating
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Did Nielsen kill off several radio programs by collecting faulty listenership data?
At the start of 2008, everything was going well at Chicago’s WNUA 95.5-FM. The smooth-jazz station ranked in the top five in the city in listeners age 25 to 54, and its research showed that the sta...
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Some interesting way newspapers can experiment with the delivery system for their news
How technology can improve readers’ experience online, in 8 steps.
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A great profile of Vox Media's CEO
Is Vox Media CEO James Bankoff WG'96 a Henry Luce for the Digital Age? BY ALYSON KRUEGER | Photograph by Dustin Fenstermacher. In 1922, a 24-year old journalist named Henry Luce quit his job at a Baltimore newspaper to launch the country's first weekly newsmagazine. Writing to his future first ...
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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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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