Matt Salcido, the outgoing sportswriter of the daily Lobo, will soon be graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the University of New Mexico.
Falling into the position of sportswriter with no journalistic experience following a back injury, Salcido quickly learned to translate his extensive knowledge of college sports into journalistic writing.
“For a few years before I started as a sportswriter, I was coaching basketball…I ended up hurting my back and I knew I was going to have to take a year off,” Salcido said. “The Lobo was hiring writers and I saw a sportswriter, so I applied. I didn’t think I was going to be considered at all since I had no experience.
Although Salcido has no journalistic experience, his working knowledge of sports, especially basketball, landed him the job. In the year since he was hired, he has excelled, greatly expanding the Lobo’s coverage of the sports office.
“It’s been awesome, it’s been absolutely phenomenal. I learned to stay in the sport and get into writing,” Salcido said. “It was really important.”
Thomas Bulger, a beat reporter at daily Lobo, has been working closely with Salcido since the beginning of this year.
“Matt has always been super cool to me. I’ve only known him for about three months, but he’s always been so helpful,” Bulger wrote at daily lobo. ” He knows what he’s talking about ; he knows the world of sport very well.
Beyond Salcido’s provision for technical sports knowledge, Bulger appreciates Salcido’s genuine care for reporters.
“It seems he wants me to grow as a writer,” Bulger wrote.
Since beginning his work in sports journalism, Salcido’s interests have broadened. To delay his choice between computer science and journalism, he enrolled in a doctoral school where he plans to pursue computer science studies at UNM while possibly staying at university. Lobo freelance.
Even without the Lobo, however, Salcido has found a way to involve writing in his new daily life. Now working in technology transfer for UNM as a project specialist, he writes extensively on the subjects he studies.
“(It’s) a bit between engineering and journalism; do a lot of writing and marketing for UNM faculty inventions,” Salcido said.
Although Salcido’s time with the Lobo may be coming to an end, the impact the publication has had on him is immense, and he urges as many students as possible to take a chance and apply.
“The Lobo is really important,” Salcido said. “It’s a place where you feel every part of the University in one place…I think a lot more people should apply to work there. It’s the best.”
Natalie Jude is the culture editor of the Daily Lobo. She can be reached on Twitter @nataloroni or at [email protected]