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Jessica Owen

Jessica Owen

Jessica Owen is regional reporter for Village Media, primarily covering Simcoe County matters, education, Collingwood and Barrie matters.
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

<b>DISCONNECT:</b> Parents, students divided on struggles, benefits of remote learning

DISCONNECT: Parents, students divided on struggles, benefits of remote learning

Difficulty navigating electronic issues and lack of in-person interaction concerning for some parents; 'While they see their friends over video, the connection is not the same'
Some families struggle, some thrive through remote learning

Some families struggle, some thrive through remote learning

Simcoe County’s public school board says they expect next decision point on return-to-school to coincide with end of provincial lockdown, which is slated for Feb. 10
'Kids have had everything taken away,' says frustrated parent of decision to keep schools closed

'Kids have had everything taken away,' says frustrated parent of decision to keep schools closed

'People that are north of Orillia where there are (fewer) cases, they should be going back to school' says parent, upset with the way the province made its decree this week
Collingwood parents, students divided on struggles, benefits of remote learning

Collingwood parents, students divided on struggles, benefits of remote learning

Financial sacrifices, an abundance of screen time, and last-minute announcements have added to the pressures facing Collingwood families navigating online classrooms
Outbreak declared over at Georgian Manor

Outbreak declared over at Georgian Manor

Three staff and three residents were affected by the outbreak, all have recovered
Some families struggle, some families thrive through remote learning

Some families struggle, some families thrive through remote learning

Simcoe County’s public school board says they expect next decision point on return-to-school to coincide with end of provincial lockdown, which is slated for Feb. 10
Some families struggle, some families thrive through remote learning

Some families struggle, some families thrive through remote learning

Simcoe County’s public school board says they expect next decision point on return-to-school to coincide with end of provincial lockdown, which is slated for Feb. 10
Another resident, essential caregiver test positive for COVID at Trillium Manor

Another resident, essential caregiver test positive for COVID at Trillium Manor

During outbreak, 35 staff and residents have tested positive at Orillia LTC home and three residents have died
19 people dead, 122 residents and 69 staff positive for COVID at Roberta Place

19 people dead, 122 residents and 69 staff positive for COVID at Roberta Place

'This virus is very tenacious ... Seeing it spread in this facility this quickly is a concern,' says Simcoe-Muskoka medical officer of health
19 people dead, 122 residents and 69 staff positive for COVID at Roberta Place

19 people dead, 122 residents and 69 staff positive for COVID at Roberta Place

'This virus is very tenacious ... Seeing it spread in this facility this quickly is a concern,' says Simcoe-Muskoka medical officer of health