Rodrigo Zamith

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 have 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.


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