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Simon Owens
Works at Benefit Administration for the Self-Employed, LLC
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This guy offers up bounties on rape victims, promising to publish their names and photos. So yeah, Twitter is justified in banning him.
I don't always mind if people invoke the C word when referring to an instance in which a major social media or search platform bans a particular person from posting to it. Yes, Facebook or Twitter banning a user does not meet the technical definition of...
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Media companies are finding it's much easier to grow an audience if they form a network and cross-promote each other's podcasts.
Usually when two corporate entities enter into some kind of partnership you can be certain a small army of lawyers is involved in the process, each side...
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The average cost of cable: $64. The cost of a combined Netflix and HBO Now subscription: $23.99. That's a minimum 62 percent in savings.
Back in 2012, I interviewed Jake Caputo, a web designer who had a novel idea for how to convince HBO to launch a standalone subscription service that didn't require a cable package. Instead of simply voicing his wishes, he created a website called...
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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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Sorry to #break it to #you
If you're planning to hire a new employee for your social media marketing team and wondering whether a particular applicant is right for the job, you may want to start by taking a look at her Twitter profile. If she uses the #marketing hashtag in her...
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Silicon Valley hates anything that doesn’t scale, so why is suddenly interested in something that's labor intensive and can't be automated with code?
For the longest time it seemed major tech platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Google wanted nothing to do with professional publishing, and by that I mean hiring professional content creators, i.e. journalists, to create polished media content. Why?...
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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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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
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    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