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 was the recipient of the 2016 AEJMC Nafziger-White-Salwen Dissertation Award, and a runner-up for the 2017 ICA Gene Burd Dissertation Award. 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 was selected to be a Lilly Teaching Fellow in 2016.
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
- Zamith, R. (forthcoming). A Computational Approach for Examining the Comparability of ‘Most-Viewed Lists’ on Online News Sites. Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly.
- Lewis, S. C., & Zamith, R. (2017). On the Worlds of Journalism. In P. J. Boczkowski & C. W. Anderson (Eds.), Remaking the News: Essays on the Future of Journalism Scholarship in the Digital Age. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
- Zamith, R. (2016). On Metrics-Driven Homepages: Assessing the relationship between popularity and prominence. Journalism Studies. Advance online publication. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1461670X.2016.1262215
- Zamith, R. (2016). Capturing and Analyzing Liquid Content: A computational process for freezing and analyzing mutable documents. Journalism Studies. Advance online publication. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1461670X.2016.1146083
- 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
Upcoming Travel and Presentations
- May 25-29, 2017: International Communication Association Annual Conference in San Diego, California
- August 9-12, 2017: Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication Annual Conference in Chicago, Illinois