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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

County councillors met in closed session Tuesday for 3.5 hours

County councillors met in closed session Tuesday for 3.5 hours

'We appreciate that the public often has questions about why these sessions are held in confidence,' says warden, noting they followed protocols
County councillors met in closed session Tuesday for 3.5 hours

County councillors met in closed session Tuesday for 3.5 hours

'We appreciate that the public often has questions about why these sessions are held in confidence,' says warden, noting they followed protocols
County councillors met in closed session Tuesday for 3.5 hours

County councillors met in closed session Tuesday for 3.5 hours

'We appreciate that the public often has questions about why these sessions are held in confidence,' says warden, noting they followed protocols
County councillors met in closed session Tuesday for 3.5 hours

County councillors met in closed session Tuesday for 3.5 hours

'We appreciate that the public often has questions about why these sessions are held in confidence,' says warden, noting they followed protocols
County councillors met in closed session Tuesday for 3.5 hours

County councillors met in closed session Tuesday for 3.5 hours

'We appreciate that the public often has questions about why these sessions are held in confidence,' says warden, noting they followed protocols
County councillors met in closed session Tuesday for 3.5 hours

County councillors met in closed session Tuesday for 3.5 hours

'We appreciate that the public often has questions about why these sessions are held in confidence,' says warden, noting they followed protocols
Open Air Dunlop Street Project breezing toward a fall start date

Open Air Dunlop Street Project breezing toward a fall start date

More details on project revealed in a memo to councillors, but will still need to be voted on during a September council meeting before proceeding
Old fairgrounds could become home to townhouses, retirement facility

Old fairgrounds could become home to townhouses, retirement facility

'More green space and less cement would be better for the community,' said a resident who weighed in on the proposal for historic property
$80-M community hub project in region gets OK from county council

$80-M community hub project in region gets OK from county council

'I welcome a regional approach,' says Barrie mayor, noting 'there isn’t just the expectation that all affordable housing or social services delivery' occurs in Barrie
$80-M project at former ODCVI site gets green light from county council

$80-M project at former ODCVI site gets green light from county council

The ambitious County of Simcoe project, slated to be complete in 2023, includes 130 affordable housing units, various social services, a housing office and agencies