Howard Owens is a digital media pioneer. He started publishing local news online in 1995 when very few local news outlets had web sites. The header image on the site depicts the film camera he used early in his career and the press pass from his year on the staff of the Carlsbad Journal. For more on Howard's professional background, read his LinkedIn profile.
HowardOwens.com is the personal web site of Howard Owens and covers his range of interests -- political localism and libertarianism, music and personal interests, as well as his professional interests.
Howard is currently publisher of The Batavian and lives in Batavia, N.Y.
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Daily Archives: August 30, 2006
I always said a good job would fall into my lap. Here it is: director of Internet publishing with Gatehouse Media.
You may never have heard of Gatehouse. It’s essentially a new company, but its leadership ( Mike Reed is CEO and Bill Blevins is Internet VP), is rock solid. I’m impressed with both Mike and Bill, and both are respected people within our industry.
Gatehouse operates 450 small dailies, weeklies and shoppers in 15 states.
The job seems a perfect fit for my biggest strengths, best-honed skills and diverse experience. It is clear that I will be treated well and fairly.
I start on Tuesday.
Once the house in Bakersfield sells, we’ll be moving to some small town to the east of Rochester, NY. I was in Rochester a few days ago. I like it.
Housing prices are insanely low. Of course, taxes are insanely high. It’s not quite a wash, but it’s close. The music scene is vibrant. The winters are cold. The public gardens abundant. The towns sparsely populated, but closely packed. It’s wine country. There is lots of water (such as Lake Ontario) My first impression of the people: friendly. It is as close to baseball heaven as you can get: At least five major league parks are within half-a-day’s drive, with an International League team right in Rochester, and other minor league teams close by, and Cooperstown is a mere 3.5 hours down the road.
The whole thing is bittersweet for my family. They are happy for me, but this wasn’t we expected 12 months ago. On the other hand, I’ll actually be in better off with Gatehouse.
Don’t worry, Bakersfield, Ventura, Los Angeles and San Diego buddies, there will be plenty of time for goodbyes over the next couple of months while I work to get out of this house. If you can, buy it, so I can move on.