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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

Struggling to pay rent? Changes coming to county housing application process

Struggling to pay rent? Changes coming to county housing application process

County of Simcoe switching to a hybrid model application process for affordable housing units that will prioritize people on existing wait list for social housing
Struggling to pay rent? Changes coming to county housing application process

Struggling to pay rent? Changes coming to county housing application process

About 3,500 people in Simcoe County are on a waiting list for social housing; New process aims to help reduce that wait list
County unveils new affordable housing lottery and wait list process

County unveils new affordable housing lottery and wait list process

County of Simcoe switching to a hybrid model application process for affordable housing units that will prioritize people on existing wait list for social housing
Ice cream – hold the cream – moves from home kitchen to grocery-store shelves

Ice cream – hold the cream – moves from home kitchen to grocery-store shelves

For this week’s What’s Up Wednesday we spoke with Andrew Kinnear, President and CEO of Yellofruit
County loans pave the way for construction of Building Hope

County loans pave the way for construction of Building Hope

Simcoe County council agrees to provide $2.5M line of credit and $226,000 forgivable loan to project; 'It's fantastic,' says project proponent
Provincial review could jeopardize legal aid clinics: official

Provincial review could jeopardize legal aid clinics: official

'We are very concerned about further cuts... that may affect the very existence of community legal clinics,' says Community Legal Clinic executive director
Provincial review could jeopardize legal aid clinics: Official

Provincial review could jeopardize legal aid clinics: Official

'We are very concerned about further cuts ... that may affect the very existence of community legal clinics,' says official of Orillia-based Community Legal Clinic
Provincial review could jeopardize legal aid clinics: official

Provincial review could jeopardize legal aid clinics: official

'We are very concerned about further cuts... that may affect the very existence of community legal clinics,' says Community Legal Clinic executive director
Provincial review could jeopardize legal aid clinics: Official

Provincial review could jeopardize legal aid clinics: Official

'We are very concerned about further cuts ... that may affect the very existence of community legal clinics,' says official of Orillia-based Community Legal Clinic
Frustration within LGBTQ community aired at forum <b>(4 photos)</b>

Frustration within LGBTQ community aired at forum (4 photos)

'We must be willing to have the uncomfortable conversations and create space for the hard truths,' says city councillor