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Jessica Owen

Jessica Owen

Jessica Owen brings nine years of experience to her role as regional reporter for Village Media, primarily covering county matters, court, Collingwood and Barrie matters.
With a degree in film studies from Brock University, a post-graduate diploma in Advanced Television and Film Production from Sheridan College and a Journalism-Print diploma from Niagara College, Owen brings a multimedia approach to the table.
She has made newsroom stops at the Voice of Pelham, the Niagara Falls Review and the Brockville Recorder & Times fulfilling multiple roles including reporter, editor, photographer and designer, settling in Simcoe County as multimedia editor of the Barrie Examiner in August 2014.
She quickly moved up to assistant regional editor two years later to oversee the five community newspapers Postmedia owned in the region, including the Orillia Packet & Times, The Enterprise-Bulletin, the Innisfil Examiner and the Bradford Times until their closure in November of 2017.
Owen started freelancing for Village Media in February 2018, coming on full time in May of the same year.

Recent Work by Jessica

Carving out a life in Collingwood

Carving out a life in Collingwood

People of Collingwood: Eleanor Burke, retired teacher, wood carver, playwright and fundraiser
County to consider ending funding to school recycling programs

County to consider ending funding to school recycling programs

Learning and Living Green program has been running at more than 100 schools county-wide since 2010 at a 50/50 split of operating costs
New affordable housing offers glimmer of hope for county residents

New affordable housing offers glimmer of hope for county residents

There are waitlists for two new affordable-housing buildings, one of which is geared to seniors
Legion members honoured at annual luncheon

Legion members honoured at annual luncheon

Local student who participated in poster, poem and essay contest competed at the national level this year, earning a second-place finish
Threats lead to $82K ask for more security at Barrie Ontario Works

Threats lead to $82K ask for more security at Barrie Ontario Works

County of Simcoe council will consider request at June 11 meeting
'Overwhelming support' at Walk to End ALS <b>(6 photos)</b>

'Overwhelming support' at Walk to End ALS (6 photos)

Groups from across the county join forces to raise funds at the inaugural Simcoe County Walk to End ALS
Get your motor running at special automotive exhibit! <b>(7 photos)</b>

Get your motor running at special automotive exhibit! (7 photos)

Wheels & Tracks in Motion event still running Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Simcoe County Museum
Coffee farmer's memoir shortlisted for national award

Coffee farmer's memoir shortlisted for national award

David Wilding-Davies’ self-published book, My Cattle Look Thin, is up for a Whistler Independent Book Award
Community members show their Pride, even without parade

Community members show their Pride, even without parade

Unofficial Pride event crops up in Barrie as the Barrie Pride parade, which has taken place the second weekend in June the past five years, has been moved to August with little public input
Get your motor running; special automotive exhibit continuing Sunday <b>(7 photos)</b>

Get your motor running; special automotive exhibit continuing Sunday (7 photos)

Wheels & Tracks in Motion event still running Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Simcoe County Museum