Meet Briana Rice
Position at The Enquirer: Breaking news reporter
Why I became a journalist
I was always going to be a writer. I wasn’t sure if it was a poet, playwright or journalist, but I’ve never really considered being anything else. I tried journalism for the first time in sixth grade. Some of the high schoolers took me under their wing and let me help edit the newspaper during lunch. It was so cool. It wasn’t until college that I really fell in love with journalism though. I think it is everything I love: writing, talking to people and finding about absolutely everything I’m curious about.
What I like best about my job
I love so many things. It makes me so happy to hear that a restaurant or bar is packed after a profile we did. But it is also the best feeling in the world when someone reaches out to me or trusts me with their story.
A story I worked on that has had a lasting impact on me
At the beginning of the pandemic, former Enquirer reporter Max Londberg and I interviewed some students who were being forced out of student housing with little notice. So many people reached out, offering money, furniture, their own homes and time to make sure that these students had somewhere to go. I loved seeing how much the community stepped up.
What is the biggest challenge I face
I really struggle with a work and life balance, especially now that we work from home. I am constantly reading, checking the news and making sure I’m up to date. A lot of my hobbies are related to journalism and writing so it kind of feels like I’m always working.
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What I like to do when I’m not working
I am working on reading 50 books this year. I write poetry. I love my family and try to see them as much as possible. I go on walks a lot with my dog and I’m trying to learn to cook, though I’m not very good. I am always listening to music, a podcast or watching a TV show or movie. I am really into finding new places in Cincinnati to explore and try.
Favorite event or Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky tradition
I really like Taste of Cincinnati and Opening Day. If you would’ve asked me in middle school, it would have been Harvest Home Fair. My real favorite Cincinnati thing is chili. I eat it at least once a week.
Why journalism matters
Journalists tell us what is happening at City Hall and what is happening in our neighborhoods. I really feel like local newspapers have everything. You want to learn about what is going on with our local government? We can answer that. Did you see that cute puppy that someone from Rumpke rescued? We wrote about that, too. What about that new bar and restaurant? Don’t worry, here’s everything you need to know! At the end of the day, it’s better than any reality TV. It’s real news about our community and the people in it.
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