Rhetoric of Political Bloggers

Jan Boyles, West Virginia University

jan_boylesResearch has demonstrated mainstream media pundits are mired in partisan rancor and rhetoric, eschewing rational arguments for emotional opinions. Will bloggers follow suit?

Jan Boyles is an instructor and second-year master’s student at West Virginia University’s P.I. Reed School of Journalism. Her research emphases include blogging and hyperlocal media. She teaches an introductory journalism course for incoming freshmen. In addition to teaching, Boyles serves as an undergraduate academic adviser and coordinates New Student Orientation. Boyles earned her undergraduate in news-editorial from WVU. She was selected by WVU 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. Boyles co-wrote “Cancer Stories: Lessons in Love, Loss and Hope,” a student-produced book about five cancer patients that was published in 2005 by the WVU Press.

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