Simon Owens is a 25-year-old social media consultant and online journalist who writes regularly for PBS’s Media Shift. He is a former newspaper journalist and currently lives in the Washington, DC area. Over the years, Simon has secured hundreds of placements on top blogs and social news sites for clients. He has conducted digital PR for both major and small brands and has driven millions of page views for clients, getting them on the front pages of Technorati Top 100 blogs and major social news sites like Digg and Reddit.
Simon has been interviewed by reporters from the New York Times, Washington Post, CNN, Fox News, Forbes, ABC News, The Hartford Courant, The Baltimore Sun, The Pittsburgh Post Gazette, Houston Chronicle and a number of television and radio programs about his expertise in new media.
His blog, Bloggasm, was launched in late 2005 and focuses on the intersection of new and old media. It often includes in-depth feature articles on a variety of media subjects. The site was named in 2008 as one of PC Magazine’s favorite blogs. In that same year it was also nominated for a Weblog Award in the “best large blogs” category. Simon was named the second best Twitter user in DC in 2009 in Washington City Paper’s “Best of” issue.