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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

Former teacher instrumental in many local musical efforts

Former teacher instrumental in many local musical efforts

People of Collingwood: Catherine Brown, long-time volunteer and music teacher with the Simcoe County District School Board
County Road 90 widening project closing in on completion

County Road 90 widening project closing in on completion

$85-million road-widening project between Barrie and Angus the largest ever for the County of Simcoe
County's longest-ever road project closing in on completion

County's longest-ever road project closing in on completion

$85-million road-widening project between Barrie and Angus the largest ever for the County of Simcoe
County's longest-ever road project will wrap up this winter

County's longest-ever road project will wrap up this winter

$85-million road-widening project between Barrie and Angus the largest ever for the County of Simcoe
County Road 90 widening project close to completion

County Road 90 widening project close to completion

$85-million road-widening project between Barrie and Angus the largest ever for the County of Simcoe
'It's a con' says county councillor of provincial funding freeze

'It's a con' says county councillor of provincial funding freeze

County of Simcoe, Barrie and Orillia to cost-share $848K difference in provincial funding to maintain Ontario Works service levels
‘It’s a con, what they’re doing,’ city councillor says of provincial funding freeze

‘It’s a con, what they’re doing,’ city councillor says of provincial funding freeze

'I find it really offensive,' Emond says after learning county, Barrie and Orillia will have to ante up big bucks to maintain Ontario Works service levels
Councillor has 'great concerns' over provincial funding freeze

Councillor has 'great concerns' over provincial funding freeze

Barrie, Orillia and county to cost-share $848K difference in provincial funding to maintain Ontario Works service levels
Laser-sharp focus one of many tools in tattoo artist’s kit

Laser-sharp focus one of many tools in tattoo artist’s kit

For this week’s edition of What’s Up Wednesday, we sat down with Omri Amar, owner of Collingwood Tattoo Company at 546 First Street
Wasaga Beach demands referendum before amalgamation

Wasaga Beach demands referendum before amalgamation

Letter sent by municipality to Ford demands referendum before amalgamation