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New Faculty Spotlight: Aloni Hill, journalism

Aug 1, 2018

Posted in: News

By Marcus Messner, Ph.D., Associate Director

Aloni Hill, instructor, journalism 

Aloni Hill is one of our newest professors in the journalism sequence. She will begin teaching classes this fall.

Welcome to the Robertson School! Tell us a little bit about where you are from and where you worked, or studied, previously? 

Thank you very much! I am elated to join you all and looking forward to a wonderful first semester this fall. I am a native of Chesterfield, which is just outside of Richmond. I earned a Master of Arts degree in Media Management, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications from Norfolk State University in Norfolk. Presently, I am a Communication Ph.D. candidate at Regent University in Virginia Beach.

Prior to joining the faculty of the Robertson School, I served as an Assistant Professor of Mass Communications at Virginia Union University for more than five years. In this capacity I taught the following courses: Television Production I, Television Production II, Broadcast News Writing, Principles of Public Relations, Civil Rights and the Mass Media, and Freshmen Orientation. In addition, I also served as the charterer and advisor of the Virginia Union University Association of Black Journalists chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists. Before working in academia, I worked as an editor for WWBT-NBC12 News in Richmond.

What is your teaching philosophy? Which classes will you be teaching this upcoming semester?

As an instructor of mass communications, I understand the importance of promoting critical thinking, independent thinking, real world application, and networking in academic settings to prepare students for life after undergrad. As many jobs within the mass communications field require students to work at a fast pace and meet crucial deadlines while maintaining accuracy, I try to help students develop the skills needed to meet such demands before they graduate. This is accomplished through designing courses that will assist students with mastering the art of critical thinking, independent thinking, and enforce real-world application and networking. I will be teaching the MASC 367 Audio and Video Journalism course in the fall.

How do you keep current in this ever-changing media environment?

Attending workshops at NABJ conferences, along with studying literature on advances in the media environment help me to stay current with the industry. I also use the internet as a tool to keep me abreast to industry trends and the latest software and equipment used by media professionals. Academically, I stay current by attending conferences hosted by the National Communication Association and reading scholarly publications regularly. Moreover, I am currently working on my dissertation for my Ph.D., so I spend significant time outside of the classroom conducting research.

Tell us something personal about yourself. What hobbies and interests do you have outside of the classroom?

Outside of the classroom, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, traveling, listening to music, and watching television. I also love sports. I am a fan of the Dallas Cowboys, Los Angeles Lakers, and San Francisco Giants. I study martial arts as well.