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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

Orillia, local leaders explore methods to motivate mask-wearing

Orillia, local leaders explore methods to motivate mask-wearing

‘Even without the harder enforcement tools, I would hope there would be a great level of compliance,’ says Orillia mayor
Barrie man found dead at scene of Saturday night blaze

Barrie man found dead at scene of Saturday night blaze

Structure fire at Shadowood Road near Meadow Lane currently under investigation by Ontario Fire Marshal; 'There is nothing to suggest any criminality,' official says
Veterans give gift of patriotism to 10-year-old girl after flag dispute

Veterans give gift of patriotism to 10-year-old girl after flag dispute

‘We want her to remember this as a good story, not a bad story,’ says local veteran
Veterans give gift of patriotism to 10-year-old girl after flag dispute

Veterans give gift of patriotism to 10-year-old girl after flag dispute

‘We want her to remember this as a good story, not a bad story,’ says local veteran
Local leaders exploring methods to motivate mask-wearing

Local leaders exploring methods to motivate mask-wearing

'It will be very difficult for any entity to wholesomely enforce mandatory mask-wearing,' says local mayor
Veterans give gift of patriotism to 10-year-old girl after flag dispute

Veterans give gift of patriotism to 10-year-old girl after flag dispute

‘We want her to remember this as a good story, not a bad story,’ says local veteran
Off-the-grid lifestyle suits Captain Rick Moore and his Sophisticated Lady

Off-the-grid lifestyle suits Captain Rick Moore and his Sophisticated Lady

Former area resident threw caution to the wind by choosing to live on his boat full-time as he travels; his YouTube channel boasts 127K subscribers
Local leaders exploring methods to motivate mask-wearing

Local leaders exploring methods to motivate mask-wearing

'It will be very difficult for any entity to wholesomely enforce mandatory mask-wearing,' says local mayor
Collingwood, leaders explore methods to motivate mask-wearing

Collingwood, leaders explore methods to motivate mask-wearing

‘In Collingwood, masks are not mandatory, but we are strongly recommending them,’ says Collingwood mayor
Careless driving charge laid after Hwy. 400 collision Saturday

Careless driving charge laid after Hwy. 400 collision Saturday

Three vehicle occupants were taken to hospital with minor injuries