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Expanding the Portfolio / My Best Work

Posted by jason_allard@my.uri.edu on January 24, 2012 at 3:45 PM

In the summer of 2011 I was accepted for an internship at the online news outlet GoLocalProv, located in Providence, RI. My first day on the job I was introduced to the fast paced world of online news media, where there's always a new project or breaking story. My work ranged from sports journalism to investigative reporting, and even to event coverages. Nearly all of the videos I was involved in were filmed, edited, and uploaded by myself, with input from several of the on staff editors. The uploading process was especially unique to me, as I was required to navigate throughout the back end of the website and utilize HTML coding. I can definitely attribute construction of the Uncommon Sense website to the tricks of the trade I learned in my days at GoLocalProv. I put in many hours of work at GoLocal, often much more than needed. But fortunately, I have a collection of pieces to show for it, one of which I consider to be my best work and favorite video thus far.



The first of which is a story I helped create surrounding the 10th anniversary of 9/11. The story focused on the life of Shawn Nassaney, a young man from Rhode Island who was on United Airlines flight 175. I met with Shawn's father, Patrick, and had him share his feelings and memories on the event as well as his son. Using home videos and pictures from his lifetime, I pieced together this story that discusses his life, goals, and what the world would be like if he was still here. It was an emotional experience discussing the topic with Shawn's family both before and after the filming. I was told stories of his impressive running career and pranks with friends. As a runner I drew parallels between his life and mine. His parents reminded me of mine, and I couldn't even imagine what they went through that day in September. To help pay tribute to Shawn, I ran the annual 5k race in his memory a few weeks after the interview and had the chance to speak with his father again. Meeting the family and filming the interview had an impact on me because of similarities between myself and Shawn, and the tragedy that took him away from his family too soon. Accordingly, I consider this story my favorite video. Click the link below to see it.


9/11/2001-9/11/2011: A Father Remembers


When a couple ready to start a family runs into trouble getting pregnant, options can seem daunting as well as confusing. What can a couple expect from seeing a Fertility Specialist? Beth J Plante, MD, of Women & Infants Center for Reproduction and Infertility, offers explanation and reassurance in this video I produced during my time at GoLocalProv.

Women and Infants Center for Reproduction & Infertility


I was also given the opportunity to cover high school sports throughout the state. The hours were tough, as I had to film, edit, and upload the footage within hours of the game's completion. What made this even more tricky was that I had never filmed a sporting event before. The first video I included was one of the very first pieces I did, and covers a high school lacrosse game for the RI State Semifinals. the second is from a week later after getting the hang of the system and covers the RI Division I Baseball Championship at McCoy Stadium. I was up until 4:00 am editing it to get it up on the site, as you can probably tell from the sound of my voice. Enjoy!

High School Sports: Boy's Lacrosse

High School Sports: RI Baseball Division I Championship





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