Tyler Tynes recently received the “2014 Philly Multimedia Challenge” scholarship presented by The Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists (PABJ). He is a senior majoring in mass communication with a minor in marketing at King’s College.
The purpose of scholarship is to offer digital equipment, training and mentoring to college students who are pursuing careers as journalists. The challenge awards a $1,000 scholarship to support an area college student as he generates content for PABJ’s PRISM Magazine during the academic year.
Tynes produced content for numerous publications including Huffington Post, ESPN True Hoop and Dime Magazine. He works as a correspondent for the Citizens’ Voice and a college basketball writer for SB Nation. He also completed internships in the sports departments at the “Philadelphia Inquirer” and the “Philadelphia Daily News.”
He has also written stories for several King’s College media outlets, including serving as a staff writer on The Crown student newspaper; an on-air personality, contributor for KCTV, the college’s student television station; and sports director and color-commentator for WRKC 88.5 FM radio station. Tynes recently won first place for Best News Feature in Region 1 and was a finalist for Best Campus News Coverage and Best Sports Talk Show nationally in the prestigious Society for Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence and Intercollegiate Broadcast System awards.
Tynes has served as a counselor for the Achievement Plus Program at King’s and as a youth ambassador in the Philadelphia Youth Network. In high school, he was among a group of students who volunteered to cleanup the streets of Bayou La Batre, Alabama, following the BP oil spill. He also helped organize and participated in the college’s first mini-THON, a dance marathon fundraiser to benefit the Four Diamonds Fund at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital.
He is the son of Richard Tynes and Sarah Hinton.