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Articles by Simon Owens

Simon Owens is a contributor to the Nieman Journalism Lab. He was previously director of PR for JESS3 and is based in Washington, DC, and is a former assistant managing editor at US News & World Report. You can read his blog or email him at simonowens@gmail.com.
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