2007-10-12 / Community

New Wave Staff Reporter Excited About Opportunity

By Nicholas Briano

I am Nicholas Briano. I am writing this sometime in the afternoon on my second day of employment at The Wave. This I think is my hardest story yet, because I don't really know much about myself to tell you, except that I look forward to working in this community and covering it on a daily basis.

The basic information about me is that I grew up in Brooklyn and I still live there. No, I am not from Rockaway, even though I have been here many times before. Therefore, I have a lot to learn about the people, places, and politics of your area that you call home.

It is hard enough to become acclimated with the journalism business itself and how it operates on a daily basis, and now I must also acclimate myself to the very neighborhood I must cover everyday. So there is definitely a kind of adjustment period that will take place. Also, as I have heard from many different people already, the reporter before me, Brian, was very popular and stayed a long time with the community. So, I have big shoes to fill and high expectations to provide you with stories that are clear, concise, but most of all not too dull and boring, like this one probably is for some of you.

I went to school at Brooklyn College and studied journalism and by the end of freshman year, I was writing for my community weekly doing spot news and sports coverage. I knew since the end of high school that I wanted to be a reporter, not TV, but print. I actually wanted to attend Hofstra University, but when Brooklyn College offered me a full scholarship for my first two years, that made the decision pretty easy for me and my parents, so there I went. I became interested in journalism sometime around the age of 15 or 16 when I began to really hate math and started enjoying English more. I actually looked forward to writing term papers. So how did I figure out journalism is the right move? I don't know, and I still don't, but either way I know I will most likely enjoy myself more going to cover an event and meeting new people more. This is preferable to sitting behind a desk doing the same exact thing every single day.

My experience is fairly thin in regards to full-time reporting; in fact, this is my first full-time reporting job. I have had articles published in four different publications, but all as freelance or internship opportunities. I am simply writing this to introduce myself to the readers of The Wave and not to list and emphasize my credentials.

I got into journalism because I like to write, and write objectively. I see the good and bad in every situation and always try to fairly balance the two, into the type of print that doesn't necessarily convince, but educates.

My long-term goals are to be in the journalism business in some shape or form. I don't know where or what I will be doing ten years from now, therefore I do not really know what else to tell you about myself, except that I look forward to working in this community and meeting the many different faces that live and play an active role in the neighborhoods of Rockaway.

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