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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

Rising overtime costs due to PSW shortage costing county big bucks

Rising overtime costs due to PSW shortage costing county big bucks

County council brainstorms ideas to bring more PSWs to Simcoe County and improve working conditions to retain existing staff
Non-profit takes a colourful approach to dementia care

Non-profit takes a colourful approach to dementia care

IOOF Seniors Home Inc. renovating secure dementia ward to add murals, colours and sensory experiences proven to improve patient and staff well-being
Collective aims to fill youth wellness gap in South Georgian Bay

Collective aims to fill youth wellness gap in South Georgian Bay

Website has been launched to connect youth and their families with local services
Non-profit takes a colourful approach to dementia care

Non-profit takes a colourful approach to dementia care

IOOF Seniors Home Inc. renovating secure dementia ward to add murals, colours and sensory experiences proven to improve patient and staff well-being
Collective aims to fill youth wellness gap in South Georgian Bay

Collective aims to fill youth wellness gap in South Georgian Bay

The Be Well Community Collective website has been soft launched with the goal of connecting youth and their families with local services
This woman's dream job is a journey in more ways than one

This woman's dream job is a journey in more ways than one

People of Collingwood: Marni Sandell, program manager with Elephant Thoughts educational outreach
Rising overtime costs due to PSW shortage costing county big bucks

Rising overtime costs due to PSW shortage costing county big bucks

County council brainstorms ideas to bring more PSWs to Simcoe County and improve working conditions to retain existing staff
Rising overtime costs due to PSW shortage costing county big bucks

Rising overtime costs due to PSW shortage costing county big bucks

County council brainstorms ideas to bring more PSWs to Simcoe County and improve working conditions to retain existing staff
This nearby city ranks as worst place for women

This nearby city ranks as worst place for women

Barrie ranks 26th out of 26 largest cities in Canada for the gender gap, according to The Best and Worst Places to be a Woman in 2019 study
Rising overtime costs due to PSW shortage costing county big bucks

Rising overtime costs due to PSW shortage costing county big bucks

County council brainstorms ideas to bring more PSWs to Simcoe County; 'I think education is a problem,' says Orillia Coun. Pat Hehn