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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

190 days, 190 letters: Man showers wife with love letters during COVID separation

190 days, 190 letters: Man showers wife with love letters during COVID separation

‘If you only remember one thing – remember that I love you very much for over 48 years now,’ wrote Brian Barnes to his wife, Joanne, who has been in isolation in her seniors home for the last six months
190 days, 190 letters: Man showers wife with love letters during COVID separation

190 days, 190 letters: Man showers wife with love letters during COVID separation

‘If you only remember one thing – remember that I love you very much for over 48 years now,’ wrote Brian Barnes to his wife Joanne, who lives at an area seniors' home
190 days, 190 letters: Man showers wife with love letters during COVID separation

190 days, 190 letters: Man showers wife with love letters during COVID separation

‘If you only remember one thing – remember that I love you very much for over 48 years now,’ wrote Brian Barnes to his wife Joanne, who lives at IOOF in Barrie
Hope on the horizon for new executive director of youth program

Hope on the horizon for new executive director of youth program

People of Collingwood: Steven Pelletier, executive director of Home Horizon
Reducing class sizes down to 15 students not on the table for public board

Reducing class sizes down to 15 students not on the table for public board

'I am extremely concerned with... class sizes,' says parent, adding 'we need to do better to protect our children'
Cell tower standing 40 metres proposed near Tiffin, Hwy. 400

Cell tower standing 40 metres proposed near Tiffin, Hwy. 400

Tower would be expected to improve Rogers' LTE coverage in the city around Tiffin Street, Ferndale Drive and Highway 400, says consultant
190 days, 190 letters: Man showers wife with love letters during COVID separation

190 days, 190 letters: Man showers wife with love letters during COVID separation

‘If you only remember one thing – remember that I love you very much for over 48 years now,’ wrote Brian Barnes to his wife Joanne, who lives at IOOF in Barrie
Reducing class sizes down to 15 students not on the table for public board

Reducing class sizes down to 15 students not on the table for public board

'I am extremely concerned with... class sizes,' says parent, adding 'we need to do better to protect our children'
Man showers wife with love letters during COVID separation

Man showers wife with love letters during COVID separation

‘If you only remember one thing – remember that I love you very much for over 48 years now,’ wrote Brian Barnes to his wife, who wrote 190 letters in 190 days
Province has promised $5.1M to Catholic board, but money hasn't yet arrived

Province has promised $5.1M to Catholic board, but money hasn't yet arrived

During Wednesday’s board meeting, trustees received funding breakdown on how provincial dollars will be spent, once they are received