(portfolio still in progress, not the final project – different page)
Tyler A. McNeil, the editor-in-chief of Minerva Daily, has been a heavily involved of the University at Albany community as a student journalist since fall 2016. His work on the Albany Student Press has promoted institutional transparency, fairness, and campus awareness. As managing editor, Tyler has been a team leader, creating a culture of ambition and service to the UAlbany community within the ASP.
Prior to joining the Albany Student Press, Tyler worked for The Hudsonian, the student newspaper of Hudson Valley Community College. Tyler during that time wrote dozens of feature profiles, detailing untold stories within the campus community. His leadership as creative editor and then managing editor bumped the publication receive national awards two consecutive years. As a campus reporter, Tyler covered student government, administration, facilities, economic development, and even sports.
His upmost goal was finding a way to making higher education issues more understandable to students. As a freelance writer for Community College Campus News, Tyler covered issues in the university system such as chargeback reform and campus safety. After leaving HVCC, Tyler was appointed press secretary of the SUNY Student Assembly. His goal was to strengthen the organization’s outreach among its 600,000 constituents across the state. During that time, he expanded SUNYSA’s digital and media presence.
Coming to UAlbany, Tyler rose to managing editor after his first year in the Albany Student Press. During his term, Tyler’s values have gone unchanged. He’s closely investigated university affairs weekly each semester, compelled to build a more transparent university atmosphere. He also worked as a Student Association reporter before switching solely to University Hall coverage in fall 2017. His commitment to serving the ASP’s profile has gone beyond state lines. In March of 2017, Tyler represented the Albany Student Press in Washington D.C. as part of a Young Invincibles Student Media Higher Education Summit, surrounded by top student journalists from across the country.
Within the office, Tyler has always loved to help budding student journalists succeed. He spends hours at a time, working to help his new reporters learn the ropes of digital media, enhance their interviewing skills, better their writing, teach them about the university, and build their confidence along the way. Since summer, Tyler has managed a team of editors, designed the ASP news section, operated the organization’s social media, generated content, trained reporters, and developed the organization’s digital media footprint.
During his stretch in student media, Tyler interned at The Times Union and Capital Tonight. He’s also freelanced for the Syracuse Media Group, Valley View, and Albany Patroons.
Graduating this year, Tyler hopes to eventually cover New York State politics. Additionally, he hopes to broaden public awareness about eating disorders, a struggle he’s faced for years. In his position as an editor, Tyler has made his story public, hoping for others to join defeat the stigma of eating disorders.