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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

Collingwood water and sewer rates could drop next year

Collingwood water and sewer rates could drop next year

‘You’re in a very strong fiscal standing to start 2020’: consultant
Owners file to demolish Victoria Annex in midst of heritage proceedings

Owners file to demolish Victoria Annex in midst of heritage proceedings

‘We feel we can do justice to this building,’ said co-owner Ken Vogel, adding he would prefer not to deal with 'complexities' of a heritage designation.
Barrie Ford gives 4,965-pound gift to food bank

Barrie Ford gives 4,965-pound gift to food bank

Mike Stollery, owner of Barrie Ford, Barrie Chrysler and 400 Chrysler dropped off two vans full of food this morning
Council questions inquiry costs, asset sale proceeds, and mobile parking in budget session

Council questions inquiry costs, asset sale proceeds, and mobile parking in budget session

Treasurer estimates Phase 3 of the judicial inquiry will cost between $500K and $1M; ‘I’m not entirely certain we will have the full amount to pay that out’
Holiday event helps carry on Nelson’s legacy <b>(6 photos)</b>

Holiday event helps carry on Nelson’s legacy (6 photos)

Glowing Hearts for the Holidays event took place at Mavrick’s Music Hall on Sunday afternoon
Hark! The angels sing at Collier Street United

Hark! The angels sing at Collier Street United

Fourth annual Christmas Carol Sing-Along took place at the Collier Street United Church this weekend
Former reporter Don Wilcox opens up on evolution of news

Former reporter Don Wilcox opens up on evolution of news

Don Wilcox, 79, veteran, former newspaper scribe and legion volunteer
Hockey legend skates into area for book signing <b>(4 photos)</b>

Hockey legend skates into area for book signing (4 photos)

Ken Dryden was on-hand to sign copies of his new book Scotty: A Hockey Life Like No Other; It's the seventh book for the former Montreal great
Hockey legend skates into Barrie for book signing <b>(4 photos)</b>

Hockey legend skates into Barrie for book signing (4 photos)

Ken Dryden was on-hand to sign copies of his new book Scotty: A Hockey Life Like No Other at Indigo on Saturday
Looking for a unique gift idea? Farmers’ market can inspire <b>(5 photos)</b>

Looking for a unique gift idea? Farmers’ market can inspire (5 photos)

Barrie Farmers’ Market Christmas Party takes place Dec. 21