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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

New COVID case at East Oro School shuts down classroom

New COVID case at East Oro School shuts down classroom

There are currently 22 active cases of COVID-19 in schools across Simcoe County, according to school boards and the health unit
Three new COVID-19 cases in Barrie schools today

Three new COVID-19 cases in Barrie schools today

There are currently 22 active cases of COVID-19 in schools across Simcoe County, according to school boards and the health unit
Three new COVID-19 cases in Barrie schools today

Three new COVID-19 cases in Barrie schools today

There are currently 22 active cases of COVID-19 in schools across Simcoe County, according to school boards and the health unit
2 new COVID-19 cases in Bradford schools today

2 new COVID-19 cases in Bradford schools today

There are currently 22 active cases of COVID-19 in schools across Simcoe County, according to school boards and the health unit
Little acts of kindness encouraged today for Pink Shirt Day

Little acts of kindness encouraged today for Pink Shirt Day

Members of the public asked not to attend flag raising, but random acts of kindness and social-media storytelling are COVID-19-safe methods of standing up against bullying, says local advocate
New COVID case reported at north-end Barrie school, one classroom closed

New COVID case reported at north-end Barrie school, one classroom closed

There are currently 15 active cases in schools across Simcoe County, according to local school boards and the health unit
Outbreak declared at Innisfil school; new COVID cases at Barrie and Bradford schools

Outbreak declared at Innisfil school; new COVID cases at Barrie and Bradford schools

There are currently 15 active COVID-19 cases in schools across Simcoe County, according to local school boards and the health unit
Outbreak declared at Innisfil school; new COVID cases at Barrie and Bradford schools

Outbreak declared at Innisfil school; new COVID cases at Barrie and Bradford schools

There are currently 15 active COVID-19 cases in schools across Simcoe County, according to local school boards and the health unit
New virtual store offers free clothing to youth and their families

New virtual store offers free clothing to youth and their families

The new store was created by Youth Unlimited Collingwood, the organization behind The Door youth drop-in Centre
Voluntary asymptomatic COVID testing begins at Simcoe schools next week

Voluntary asymptomatic COVID testing begins at Simcoe schools next week

Each school board will have testing clinics at a different high school each week; 'It’s a proactive approach, whereas otherwise we might not know,' says official