JOURNALIST. EDUCATOR. EXPLORER OF ALL THINGS NEWS.
Jan Lauren Boyles is an adjunct professor of Journalism and PhD candidate at American University’s School of Communication in Washington, DC. This year, Boyles also served as a Google Journalism Fellow with the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism. Boyles joined American University’s School of Communication as a doctoral fellow in 2011, after spending the last five years as a non-tenure track faculty member at West Virginia University’s P.I. Reed School of Journalism. Her current research at AU centers upon urban news ecosystems. She will be spending the Fall 2013 semester living in Southeast Louisiana, where she will write a descriptive case study for her dissertation.
During her tenure as a doctoral student, Boyles has presented her work before the International Communication Association, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and University of Oxford’s Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism. Boyles also served on a research task force at the Federal Communications Commission — a project examining critical information needs for 21st century citizens. In 2012, she collaborated with experts at the Pew Internet & American Life Project, where she co-authored six reports on mobile technology and the future of higher education. Her work was featured in The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Los Angeles Times and Poynter, as well as on CNN, NBC News and CBS News. An award-winning professor and academic advisor at West Virginia University, Boyles taught numerous courses in media ethics, reporting, narrative journalism and news writing while also serving as the college’s Director of Advising. Boyles also was an elected member of the University’s Faculty Senate, and served a term on the body’s Executive Committee. She also was appointed to the institution’s 2020 Strategic Planning Council.
A native of Fairmont, W.Va., Boyles graduated summa cum laude with undergraduate and master’s degrees in journalism from WVU. She was selected by WVU officials as a Rhodes Scholar candidate and as a member of the WVU Order of Augusta, the highest University-wide academic distinction bestowed annually to eight graduating seniors. She is also a former newspaper reporter for The Dominion Post (Morgantown, W.Va.), Charleston (W.Va.) Gazette and Charleston (W.Va.) Daily Mail, and contributor to “Cancer Stories: Lessons in Life, Loss and Love,” published by the WVU Press.
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