Grad Found Career Path and ‘Friends for Life’ at Reynolds School

Grad Found Career Path and ‘Friends for Life’ at Reynolds School

By Katy Kelly

Marc Carig didn’t always know what he wanted to do with his life. That all changed when he came to the Reynolds School. Now he covers the New York Mets for the Long Island and New York City newspaper Newsday.

With the help of a professor and working on the Sagebrush (the school paper), the 2006 graduate discovered he wanted to be a sports writer.

“I was able to share my passion for writing and telling stories,” Marc said. “I put out the paper with my friends.”

His love for sports and dealing with people made his Sagebrush experience fun and helped develop his writing. His schoolwork, both theoretical and practical prepared him for his profession. He specifically cited the class on ethics and exposure to multimedia as helping him build important and practical skills he uses in his career.

Marc also said the Reynolds School encourages connections and bonds. “I really enjoyed going to school at UNR. I made friends for life.”

Paul Mitchell, the Recruitment and Retention Coordinator for the Reynolds School, is one such friend. They met when Marc lived in San Pablo, California. While attending community college, Marc participated in the Asian-American Journalism Association Conference where Kristen Go, a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and Reynolds alum, introduced the two. Paul encouraged Marc to apply to UNR.

“Paul was right, it was a good fit,” Marc said. Paul has kept in touch with Marc throughout his career, many times calling to talk sports.

Marc first worked for the Washington Post covering the Baltimore Orioles and University of Maryland football. He then took a job covering the Yankees for the Star-Ledger from 2009 until his move to Newsday in September.

“Covering baseball is a full-time gig,” Marc said. “It takes a lot of hours and is an important beat. You have to get a sense of what is going on before and after the games and in the off season.”

As a beat reporter covering Major League Baseball, he is not concerned about job security and says the job is still the same despite the changing media landscape.

“It’s about building relationships,” said Marc. “You need sources that are accurate and (you need) their trust to share their stories and not get burned. When a player fails, they have to trust me to write about it fairly.” With the prevalence of social media tools, Marc said that earning such trust is more important than ever. He learned the value of building such trust when he was an RSJ student.

For Marc, learning to be a better writer was also important. He would read everything, take it apart, see how it was written and try to figure out what the writer was trying to do.

"Read anything and everything,” Marc advises. “Don’t be picky. You develop your own style by reading others.”  Those things helped him learn and improve his own writing.

“It doesn’t surprise me that so many friends went into journalism,” said Marc. “We learned a lot and had a lot of fun.”