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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

Local brewery shifts to sanitizers to aid COVID-19 battle

Local brewery shifts to sanitizers to aid COVID-19 battle

'It’s our little way of helping out locally,' says official of company that is 'flying by the seat of our pants' to help out hospitals
Barrie man says he was pushed out onto the streets during global pandemic

Barrie man says he was pushed out onto the streets during global pandemic

‘It’s just been non-stop’: Busby official says intakes have increased due to illegal evictions, prison custody releases and hospital discharges in wake of COVID-19
From beers to cleansers, Redline expands business to cope with COVID-19

From beers to cleansers, Redline expands business to cope with COVID-19

Area brewery modifying some of its operations to manufacture hand sanitizer to supply RVH, medical suppliers and the public
Some Simcoe County staffers re-deployed to help at long-term care homes

Some Simcoe County staffers re-deployed to help at long-term care homes

About 25 staffers have volunteered to be re-deployed to long-term care, while between 350 to 400 have transitioned to working from home, says county CAO
Some Simcoe County staffers re-deployed, working from home or taking unpaid leave

Some Simcoe County staffers re-deployed, working from home or taking unpaid leave

About 25 staffers have volunteered to be re-deployed to long-term care, while between 350 to 400 have transitioned to working from home, says county CAO
Some county staffers redeployed, working from home or taking unpaid leave

Some county staffers redeployed, working from home or taking unpaid leave

About 25 staffers have volunteered to be redeployed to long-term care, while between 350 to 400 have transitioned to working from home, says county CAO
Some county staffers redeployed, working from home or taking unpaid leave

Some county staffers redeployed, working from home or taking unpaid leave

About 25 staffers have volunteered to be redeployed to long-term care, while between 350 to 400 have transitioned to working from home, says county CAO
From beers to cleansers, Redline expands business to cope with COVID-19

From beers to cleansers, Redline expands business to cope with COVID-19

Local brewery modifying some of its operations to manufacture hand sanitizer to supply RVH, medical suppliers and the public
Area family feels stranded by Ontario government

Area family feels stranded by Ontario government

Family’s request for a wheelchair left in limbo after Assisted Devices Program is deemed a non-essential service in light of COVID-19
Eastview student 'devastated' to have foreign exchange cut short due to pandemic

Eastview student 'devastated' to have foreign exchange cut short due to pandemic

'This is totally justified ... but it was still difficult because I might not see some of these people ever again,' says Zarah Riley