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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

Living Water's Phase 4 expansion fazes councillors

Living Water's Phase 4 expansion fazes councillors

Living Water Resort owner Larry Law spoke to the committee saying he was following their rules with his proposal for phase four of his hotel development.
Councillor opposes 'speculative' removing of trees

Councillor opposes 'speculative' removing of trees

Committee passes recommendation to approve tree-cutting at Sunbelt Rental development; will come before council March 25
Brewpub plans unveiled for former Dey's Auto

Brewpub plans unveiled for former Dey's Auto

Black Bellows Brewing Company is anticipated to be open by end of summer 2019; owner says opening date is ‘moving target’
County politicians weigh cost-savings ideas for Ford's governance review

County politicians weigh cost-savings ideas for Ford's governance review

Simcoe County councillors workshop ideas to present to the provincial government for their regional governance review
Area politicians weigh cost-savings ideas for Ford's governance review

Area politicians weigh cost-savings ideas for Ford's governance review

Simcoe County councillors gathered yesterday to workshop ideas to present to the provincial government for their regional governance review
Politicians raise concerns about possible county council changes

Politicians raise concerns about possible county council changes

Simcoe County councillors workshop ideas to present to the provincial government for their regional governance review
Politicians raise concerns about possible county council changes

Politicians raise concerns about possible county council changes

Ramara mayor worries fewer councillors would mean more staff, taking 'power away from the people'
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