Assistant Professor, UMass Amherst
I am an Assistant Professor in the Journalism Department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. My research and teaching interests lie at the intersection of journalism and technology, with a focus on the reconfiguration of journalism in a changing media environment and the development of digital research methods for social scientists. My research has been published in leading peer-reviewed journals, including the Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, the Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media, Digital Journalism, and The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science. I am an affiliate faculty member of UMass' Computational Social Science Institute.
My teaching includes both conceptually-oriented and skills-oriented courses, ranging from a broad overview of journalism to data-oriented journalistic practices. I am currently in the process of preparing a new course oriented around data-driven storytelling, to be taught in spring 2015. I am currently teaching or has previously taught Information for Mass Communication, Introduction to Journalism, and Introduction to Visual Storytelling. Additionally, I helped design a new course at the University of Minnesota titled Digital Games, Sims, and Apps.
I previously worked at the Minneapolis Star Tribune and the St. Paul Pioneer Press, as well as the University of Minnesota's University Relations office. I hold a Ph.D. in Mass Communication from the University of Minnesota, an M.S. in Mass Communication from Florida International University, and a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Minnesota.
Recent Scholarly Work
- Lewis, S. C., & Zamith, R. (forthcoming). On the Worlds of Journalism. In P. J. Boczkowski & C. W. Anderson (Eds.), Remaking the News. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
- Zamith, R. (2015, August). Deciphering 'Most Viewed' Lists: An Analysis of the Comparability of the Lists of Popular Items. Paper presented to the Communication Theory and Methodology Division of AEJMC, San Francisco, CA.
- Zamith, R. (2015, August). On Click-Driven Homepages: An Analysis of the Effect of Popularity on the Prominence of News. Paper presented to the Newspaper and Online News Division of AEJMC, San Francisco, CA.
- Zamith, R., & Lewis, S.C. (2015). Content Analysis and the Algorithmic Coder: What Computational Social Science Means for Traditional Modes of Media Analysis. ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, 659(1), 307-318. http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0002716215570576
- Watson, B.R., Zamith, R., Cavanah, S., & Lewis, S. C. (2015). Are Demographics Adequate Controls for Cell Phone-Only Coverage Bias in Mass Communication Research? Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, 92(3), 723-743. http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1077699015589187
Upcoming Travel and Presentations
- April 3-8, 2016: Analysis, Interpretation and Benefit of User-Generated Data: Computer Science Meets Communication Studies at Schloss Dagstuhl, Germany