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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

Parents express concerns over Catholic board's switch to hybrid learning

Parents express concerns over Catholic board's switch to hybrid learning

Change.org petition started on Thursday asking the board to reconsider had garnered more than 400 signatures as of Thursday night
Region's first school outbreak declared at Bradford high school

Region's first school outbreak declared at Bradford high school

This is the third confirmed case at the school; Principal says just one class/cohort is affected and those students must stay at home
COVID-19 outbreak declared at Bradford high school

COVID-19 outbreak declared at Bradford high school

This is the third confirmed case at the school since it reopened in September, and first confirmed case linked to spread at a school in Simcoe County
COVID-19 outbreak declared at Bradford high school

COVID-19 outbreak declared at Bradford high school

This is the third confirmed case at the school since it reopened in September, and first confirmed case of spread at a school in Simcoe County
COVID-19 outbreak declared at Bradford high school

COVID-19 outbreak declared at Bradford high school

This is the third confirmed case at the school since it reopened in September, and first confirmed case of spread at a school in Simcoe County
Region's first school outbreak declared at Bradford high school

Region's first school outbreak declared at Bradford high school

This is the third confirmed case at the school; Principal says just one class/cohort is affected and those students must stay at home
County still pushing forward on changes to council size

County still pushing forward on changes to council size

Councillors vote to ‘continue the conversation’ by opening up discussions at the committee level to consider both 16- and 32-member options
Parents express concerns over Catholic board's switch to hybrid learning

Parents express concerns over Catholic board's switch to hybrid learning

Change.org petition started on Thursday asking the board to reconsider had garnered more than 400 signatures as of Thursday night
County still pushing forward on changes to council size

County still pushing forward on changes to council size

Councillors vote to ‘continue the conversation’ by opening up discussions at the committee level to consider both 16- and 32-member options
County council still pushing forward on council size changes

County council still pushing forward on council size changes

Councillors vote to ‘continue the conversation’ by opening up discussions at the committee level to consider both 16- and 32-member council options