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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

CheerCore closer to finding home after project leaps over county hurdle

CheerCore closer to finding home after project leaps over county hurdle

About 75 competitive students have been making the drive from Collingwood to Barrie due to space restrictions
Overcrowding the 'new normal' for area hospitals

Overcrowding the 'new normal' for area hospitals

Recent CBC News analysis shed light on hospital overcrowding, and the effect is being felt locally
OSMH ‘running on the edge’ to deal with overcrowding: Official

OSMH ‘running on the edge’ to deal with overcrowding: Official

Hospital overcrowding is a critical issue locally; 'About 25 per cent of our beds are taken by people who could be treated elsewhere,' says official
Limit on bee funding ‘doesn’t allow for larger projects,’ says local farmer

Limit on bee funding ‘doesn’t allow for larger projects,’ says local farmer

Ontario Beekeepers Association pushes to keep existing regulations on neonicotinoids properly enforced to protect bee populations
CheerCore closer to finding a home after project leaps over county hurdle

CheerCore closer to finding a home after project leaps over county hurdle

CheerCore owner excited to bring team back to Collingwood with new practice space, pending county approvals
Limit on bee funding ‘doesn’t allow for larger projects,’ says local farmer

Limit on bee funding ‘doesn’t allow for larger projects,’ says local farmer

Ontario Beekeepers Association pushes to keep existing regulations on neonicotinoids properly enforced to protect bee populations
Cap on bee funding limits ability to make 'more meaningful impact'

Cap on bee funding limits ability to make 'more meaningful impact'

'The limit of $3,500 of cost sharing per project category really doesn't allow for the larger projects,' says local farmer
Limit on bee funding ‘doesn’t allow for larger projects,’ says local farmer

Limit on bee funding ‘doesn’t allow for larger projects,’ says local farmer

Ontario Beekeepers Association pushes to keep existing regulations on neonicotinoids properly enforced to protect bee populations
Plans underway for first-ever Collingwood Pride Festival

Plans underway for first-ever Collingwood Pride Festival

Rainbow Club of South Georgian Bay hosting festival, which will run from July 17 to 19 in Collingwood’s downtown
Council confirms: Ombudsman will be Collingwood closed-meeting investigator

Council confirms: Ombudsman will be Collingwood closed-meeting investigator

Collingwood will now opt-out of the services currently provided by Local Authority Services (LAS) through a joint partnership with the County of Simcoe