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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 resident wants town to ban visible displays of Confederate flag

Collingwood resident wants town to ban visible displays of Confederate flag

The mom of a biracial son said a Confederate flag on display at a private residence in town makes her 'fear for her son'
Collingwood resident wants town to ban visible displays of Confederate flag

Collingwood resident wants town to ban visible displays of Confederate flag

The mom of a biracial son said a Confederate flag on display at a private residence in town makes her 'fear for her son'
Tales from a taxicab driver

Tales from a taxicab driver

People of Collingwood: Paul Spencley, former owner of Ace Cabs
Collingwood resident wants town to ban visible displays of Confederate flag

Collingwood resident wants town to ban visible displays of Confederate flag

The mom of a biracial son said a Confederate flag on display at a private residence in town makes her 'fear for her son'
Timber sales bring in big bucks for county coffers this summer

Timber sales bring in big bucks for county coffers this summer

County of Simcoe brings in $782K from sale of surplus timber from Simcoe County Forests in Summer 2019, which fully funds annual forestry operations
Timber sales bring in big bucks this summer

Timber sales bring in big bucks this summer

'We take a long-term view here. We’re like a self-contained business unit,' says Simcoe County forester
County's forest program funded by its own timber sales

County's forest program funded by its own timber sales

'We take a long-term view here. We’re like a self-contained business unit,' says Simcoe County forester
Kiwanis Club pitches in to help families in need after Hurricane Dorian

Kiwanis Club pitches in to help families in need after Hurricane Dorian

Barrie service club has already raised $33,000 and counting, with more fundraising plans in the works
Collingwood Marathon running into town next month

Collingwood Marathon running into town next month

New free program run by VO2 Sports Co. training kids to participate in the two-kilometre kid's race
County's forest program funded by its own timber sales

County's forest program funded by its own timber sales

'We take a long-term view here. We’re like a self-contained business unit,' says Simcoe County forester