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Jan Lauren Boyles

Jan Boyles

Additional Positions at AU

  • PhD Student
Jan Lauren Boyles is an adjunct professor of Journalism and PhD fellow. She is also serving 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 faculty member at West Virginia University's P.I. Reed School of Journalism. Her current research at AU centers upon reduced-capacity newspapers. During her tenure as a doctoral student, Boyles has presented her work before the International Communication Association 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. 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 the author of "Cancer Stories: Lessons in Life, Loss and Love," published by the WVU Press.


BSJ (News-Editorial; summa cum laude), West Virginia University; MSJ (Journalism), West Virginia University

Favorite Spot on Campus
Bender Arena during a home basketball game!
Favorite Place in Washington DC
Eastern Market
Book Currently Reading
Alone Together
Thursdays: 1-2:30 p.m.
Contact Info

Send email to Jan Boyles

Partnerships & Affiliations

  • International Communication Association

    Member, Journalism Studies Division

  • International Communication Association

    Junior Chair, Instructional and Developmental Communication Division

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Professional Presentations

  • "Navigating the Emergent Ethics of Collaboration, Crowdsourcing and Citizen Media: How Knowledge-Centered Newswork Transforms the Ethics of Journalistic Production," University of Oxford - Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism; Oxford, United Kingdom, 2012
  • "Untangling the Political Web: The Role of Citizen Journalism in American Presidential Campaigning," International Communication Association Pre-Conference; Tucson, Arizona, 2012
  • "Journalism, Freedom of Speech and Copyright in the Digital Age," International Communication Association; Phoenix, Arizona, 2012
  • "Micronewspapers in America," European Journalism Training Association; Paris, France, 2010
  • "Telling Blockbuster Stories through Narrative Journalism," Journalism Education Association; Phoenix, Arizona, 2009
  • "Online Politics Panel," Midwest Political Science Association; Chicago, Illinois, 2008
  • "Rhetoric or Reflection: Do Blogs Foster Constructive Commentary?" Institute for Applied/Professional Ethics; Athens, Ohio, 2006

Selected Publications


Aufderheide, P., Jaszi, P., Boyles, J.L. & Bieze, K. (2013). "Copyright, Fair Use and the Public's Right to Know: Journalists and Fair Use," Journalism Studies. [Accepted for publication, Projected date: Vol. 14, No. 6; December 2013].

Boyles, J.L., Smith, A.W., & Madden, M. (2012). "Privacy and Data Management on Mobile Devices," Pew Internet & American Life Project.

Boyles, J.L. & Rainie, L. (2012). "Mobile Phone Problems," Pew Internet & American Life Project.

Anderson, J., Boyles, J.L. & Rainie, L. (2012). "The Future of Higher Education," Pew Internet & American Life Project.

Smith, A.W. & Boyles, J.L. (2012). "The Rise of the Connected Viewer," Pew Internet & American Life Project.

"Copyright, Free Speech and the Public's Right to Know: How Journalists Think About Fair Use," Center for Social Media, 2012.

Book chapter:

Boyles, J.L., deHaan, Y. & Landman, A. (2013). "Clashes in the Newsroom: Dealing with Ethical Dilemmas in the Collaborative Era," in Journalism Ethics; Oxford University Press.

Cancer Stories: Lessons in Life, Loss and Love, West Virginia University Press, 2004.

Media Appearances

Hill, K. (2012, Sept. 6). Sorry smartphone owners, but you’re more likely to have your privacy invaded. Forbes.

Sengupta, S. (2012, Sept. 5). Consumers say no to mobile apps that grab too much data. The New York Times.

Ngak, C. (2012, Sept. 5). Survey: As cell phone use rises, so do concerns about privacy. CBS

Sullivan, B. (2012, Sept. 5). Poll: Cellphone users dump apps to save privacy, lose their phones anyway. NBC

Bachman, K. (2012, Sept. 5). Survey: Privacy a top concern for mobile app users; Consumers worry about what information they share. AdWeek.

Trichur, R. (2012, Sept. 5). Many U.S. mobile users turn off tracking over privacy concerns. The Globe and Mail.

Kang, C. (2012, Sept. 5). Mobile users avoid, uninstall apps over privacy concerns: Pew report. The Washington Post.

Omer, S. & Coldewey, D. (2012, Aug. 20). As K-12 classrooms go more high-tech, colleges go more virtual. NBC

Lytle, R. (2012, Aug. 16). How the future of higher education affects businesses. U.S. News & World Report.

Beaujon, A. (2012, Aug. 10). Study: Journalists’ lousy understanding of fair use leads to self-censorship.

Landphair, T. (2012, Aug. 10). ‘Clicks’ could be the future of higher education. Voice of America.

Gahran, A. (2012, Aug. 3). Smartphone users report more phone problems.

Wood, S. (2012, Aug. 3). Study: Most cellphones get illegal telemarketing calls. The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Silverman, D. (2012, Aug. 3). 72 percent of all cell users get dropped calls. The Houston Chronicle.

Faughnder, R. (2012, Aug. 3). Smartphone users have more complains about their devices. The Los Angeles Times.

Dzwonkowski, R. (2012, Aug. 3). Dropped calls biggest cell phone problem. The Detroit Press.

Rothman, W. (2012, Aug. 2). Cellphones stress you out in four ways, says study. NBC

Kharif, O. (2012, Aug. 2). Half of U.S. smartphone owners find mobile data often slow, study finds.

Vuong, A. (2012, Aug. 2). Cellphone problems: three out of four face dropped calls and slow internet speeds. The Denver Post.

Freeman, K. (2012, Aug. 2). Dropped calls are cellphone owners biggest complaint.

Cho, H. (2012, Aug. 2). Can you hear me now? New Pew study outlines cell phone problems. The Dallas Morning News.

Finberg, H. (2012, July 30). Coming explosion in e-learning an opportunity to rethink journalism education.

Mole, B. (2012, July 27). Experts predict more remote learning, despite concern about its effects. The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Pan, J. (2012, July 27). What higher education will look like in 2020.

Murphy, S. (2012, July 18). More Americans on their phones while watching TV.

Kang, C. (2012, July 17). Half of all cell owners use phones while watching TV. The Washington Post.

Reardon, M. (2012, July 17). Trend Watch: We’re using our cell phones while watching TV.

Eggerton, J. (2012, July 17). Pew: Most TV-Watchers Use Phones for Interactivity. Broadcasting & Cable.

Eaton, K. (2012, July 17). The future of TV is two screens, one held firmly in your hands. Fast Company.

Honors, Awards, and Fellowships

  • Summer Researcher, Pew Internet & American Life Project
  • West Virginia University Nicholas Evans Award for Academic Advising
  • West Virginia University P.I. Reed School of Journalism Golden Quill Teaching Award
  • Rhodes Scholarship Nominee

Research Interests

Citizen media, media economics, sociology of news, newsroom ethnography

Grants and Sponsored Research

International Communication Association Travel Grant, 2012

Greenberg Seminar Teaching Grant, 2012