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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

Committee meeting today to discuss Vanier renaming

Committee meeting today to discuss Vanier renaming

'The way some things were handled, sometimes I was a little bit frustrated,' says student committee member
Committee meeting today to discuss Vanier renaming

Committee meeting today to discuss Vanier renaming

Despite contentious process, student committee member says she was proud to be part of it
Open wide! Dental offices start slow re-opening process

Open wide! Dental offices start slow re-opening process

'Infection control has always been a priority for us,' says Barrie dentist, noting several new protocols are in place to protect patients and staff
Open wide! Dental offices start slow re-opening process

Open wide! Dental offices start slow re-opening process

'Infection control has always been a priority for us,' says Barrie dentist, noting several new protocols are in place to protect patients and staff
‘Pride has not stopped and will not stop’; local events go virtual

‘Pride has not stopped and will not stop’; local events go virtual

While provincial orders prevent congregation, the switch to online events has brought in a ‘new world of accessibility,’ says Fierté Simcoe Pride president
Tempers flare over name of Collingwood high school; Decision will not be made by trustees

Tempers flare over name of Collingwood high school; Decision will not be made by trustees

A visibly angry trustee said his family feels threatened and told the director of education it was his job to pick a new school name
‘Pride has not stopped and will not stop’; local Pride events go virtual

‘Pride has not stopped and will not stop’; local Pride events go virtual

While emergency orders from the provincial government are preventing congregation, the switch to online events has brought in a ‘new world of accessibility,’ says Fierté Simcoe Pride president
'Trustees have been used as scapegoats' says Collingwood trustee of Vanier renaming process

'Trustees have been used as scapegoats' says Collingwood trustee of Vanier renaming process

A visibly angry Collingwood trustee said his family feels threatened and told the director of education it was his job to pick a new school name
Tempers flare over name of Collingwood high school; Decision will not be made by trustees

Tempers flare over name of Collingwood high school; Decision will not be made by trustees

'The trustees have been used as scapegoats,' says visibly angry Collingwood trustee; Decision will be made by naming committee and director of education
Orillia trustee infuriated by 'ridiculous' school naming fiasco

Orillia trustee infuriated by 'ridiculous' school naming fiasco

'We are elected here to do a job and to represent the people. We are giving away our authority,' said Orillia area trustee Francis Smith