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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

Art installation seeks to reconcile through the creative process

Art installation seeks to reconcile through the creative process

Public screening and discussion called Envisioning a Future Toward Reconciliation at the Simcoe Street Theatre on Jan. 30
Allandale Station land appraisal lawsuit wages on

Allandale Station land appraisal lawsuit wages on

‘We don’t feel good about this, but we have a responsibility to the taxpayers’: City of Barrie lawyer
Provincial probe of regional governments will be 'collaborative,' says Downey

Provincial probe of regional governments will be 'collaborative,' says Downey

‘It's time to consider whether changes are needed in areas where populations have really grown,' said Khanjin, referencing the County of Simcoe
UPDATING: County of Simcoe under review by Ontario government

UPDATING: County of Simcoe under review by Ontario government

Province announces it will be looking at the regional government model; will look for opportunities to ‘cut red tape and duplication’
Council comes out against Bill 66

Council comes out against Bill 66

The town will be providing comments to the province prior to the Jan. 20 deadline outlining their reasons for not supporting the bill
Collingwood opts in for retail cannabis

Collingwood opts in for retail cannabis

Provincial government revised the Phase 1 eligibility of cannabis retail stores to exclude towns with populations of less than 50,000 residents
Looking for something free to do with your infant or toddler?

Looking for something free to do with your infant or toddler?

One of 33 EarlyON Centres in Simcoe County is in Orillia; 'The programs are amazing and everyone here is phenomenal'
Outspoken and full of ideas, this trailblazer helped bring girls hockey to Collingwood

Outspoken and full of ideas, this trailblazer helped bring girls hockey to Collingwood

People of Collingwood: Birdie Anderson, former textile worker and advocate for women’s hockey in Collingwood
‘I still feel ashamed’; investors' life savings held in limbo

‘I still feel ashamed’; investors' life savings held in limbo

Part 2 of a two-part series exploring the local impact of mortgage affiliates of Fortress Real Developments filing for bankruptcy
Youth charged with second-degree murder in Orillia death out on bail

Youth charged with second-degree murder in Orillia death out on bail

Five people have been charged in relation to the death of Jordan Carter-Bonfield, who was found dead near Orillia Tim Hortons