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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

Lehman ‘flattered’ by inclusion on international top-100 list

Lehman ‘flattered’ by inclusion on international top-100 list

Barrie’s mayor makes list honouring leaders that show creativity in business
The cost to prepare Barrie’s new growth right around $2.9 billion

The cost to prepare Barrie’s new growth right around $2.9 billion

‘We’re going to need to build the infrastructure now, not put it off,' says Barrie mayor
Tea shop sets itself apart with unique blends

Tea shop sets itself apart with unique blends

For this week’s What’s Up Wednesday, we talked with Katherine Maxwell, owner of Blue Mountain Tea Company on Hurontario Street
Program answers call with $10,000 grant for St. John Ambulance

Program answers call with $10,000 grant for St. John Ambulance

Staff 'blown away' by funds from Kenwood Cares Communications Support Grant Program; Money will be used to upgrade communications equipment
Media guru making the impossible possible through cutting-edge tech

Media guru making the impossible possible through cutting-edge tech

People of Collingwood: Kai Hulshof, co-founder of Canopy Media and Chief Operating Officer for Jentu Technologies Inc.
St. John Ambulance gets big 10-4 with $10K grant

St. John Ambulance gets big 10-4 with $10K grant

Kenwood Cares Communications Support Grant Program chose St. John Ambulance’s Barrie, Simcoe and Muskoka branch as 2019 recipient of national grant money
Bradford deputy mayor questions 2018 county budget surplus

Bradford deputy mayor questions 2018 county budget surplus

'Residents are suffering,' says deputy mayor, stressing there 'was no need to increase taxation'
County councillors agree: It's time to shrink the size of government

County councillors agree: It's time to shrink the size of government

'As we sit today... we do not have a 100 per cent dedicated member of county council. We share our municipal hats,' says warden
County records $1.9M surplus, sparking debate about taxes, choices

County records $1.9M surplus, sparking debate about taxes, choices

The County of Simcoe saw a 2018 year-end surplus of $1.9 million
Simcoe County reports $1.9 million budget surplus

Simcoe County reports $1.9 million budget surplus

Collingwood mayor applauds county staff on 'precision' for 2018 budget