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Retha Hill

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Professor of Practice (FSC)
Faculty, DTPHX Campus, Mailcode 2020
Biography: 

RETHA HILL is on the faculty of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass  Communication at Arizona State University where she is the executive director of the New  Media Innovation and Entrepreneurship Lab. The Lab’s journalism and computer science majors  create innovative products, including virtual, augmented and mixed reality apps and content;  Web applications; news game tools; social media tools and mobile apps for media clients. On  the entrepreneurship side of the Lab, students create their own media companies and  products.  

Hill, an award-winning journalist, is the founder of AncestoriesXR, an extended reality platform  that helps families tell their unique genealogy history using video game technology and  immersive media. Think Ken Burns storytelling meets video game technology. The startup is  part of the prestigious Seed Spot Impact Accelerator. 

Hill is a 2020 recipient of a Knight Journalism 360 grant to train African American journalism  professors in immersive technology; a 2019 National Association of Broadcasters Pilot winner  for a project to create geo-located AR extreme weather visualizations; a 2017 Knight News  Challenge Winner for a project to create a virtual reality data tool; a 2015 Knight News  Prototype winner to create a narrative games tool for journalists; a 2012 AEJMC/Knight  Innovations Award grant recipient; a 2010 Knight News Challenge winner for a community  engagement tool, and a 2010 J-Lab Women Entrepreneurs grant winner for a mobile app that  used Augmented Reality to find black history in cities across the country.  

Hill joined the ASU faculty in 2007 after eight years at BET, where she was vice president for  content for BET Interactive. Before joining BET, Hill was executive producer for special projects  at washingtonpost.com. She was a founding editor of Washington Post Newsweek Interactive. 

She started her career as a reporter for The Charlotte Observer, followed by The Washington  Post. She is writing a book on blacks and dementia. She is a co-founder of Playable Media, LLC,  an education technology and serious game design company. The company created the fake  news game simulator, “Hoaxes & Havoc,” a game about sexual harassment in the workplace  called “Inappropriate Behavior,” among other titles.

Education: 

M.A., Liberal Studies, Arizona State University, 2012 (Summa Cum Laude)

B.S., Journalism, Wayne State University, 1982 (Cum Laude)

Certificate, Gamification, Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania ( online)

Additional education:

  • Python for Everyone (Coursera)

  • HTML, CSS, JS (Coursera)

  • C# (online)

  • Georgetown University, Liberal Studies Graduate School

Research Activity: 
  • Hill,Gloretha*. Playable Stories (ASUF 30006666). ASU FDN(6/1/2015 - 12/15/2015).
Fall 2021
Course NumberCourse Title
JMC 477InnovationEntrepreneurship Lab
MCO 494Special Topics
MCO 570Master Mass Comm Capstone
MCO 598Special Topics
Spring 2021
Course NumberCourse Title
JMC 477InnovationEntrepreneurship Lab
MCO 570Master Mass Comm Capstone
MCO 598Special Topics
Fall 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
JMC 477InnovationEntrepreneurship Lab
JMC 494Special Topics
MCO 570Master Mass Comm Capstone
MCO 598Special Topics
Summer 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
MCO 494Special Topics
MCO 556Media Entrepreneurship
Spring 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
JMC 477InnovationEntrepreneurship Lab
MCO 570Master Mass Comm Capstone
MCO 598Special Topics
Fall 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
JMC 477InnovationEntrepreneurship Lab
MCO 570Master Mass Comm Capstone
MCO 598Special Topics
Spring 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
JMC 477InnovationEntrepreneurship Lab
MCO 570Master Mass Comm Capstone
MCO 598Special Topics
Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
JMC 477InnovationEntrepreneurship Lab
MCO 570Master Mass Comm Capstone
MCO 598Special Topics
Summer 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
MCO 494Special Topics
MCO 556Media Entrepreneurship
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
JMC 477InnovationEntrepreneurship Lab
MCO 570Master Mass Comm Capstone
MCO 598Special Topics
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
JMC 477InnovationEntrepreneurship Lab
JMC 494Special Topics
MCO 570Master Mass Comm Capstone
MCO 598Special Topics
Summer 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
MCO 494Special Topics
MCO 598Special Topics
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
JMC 477InnovationEntrepreneurship Lab
MCO 570Master Mass Comm Capstone
MCO 598Special Topics
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