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 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 teaching or have previously taught Data-Driven Storytelling, Introduction to Journalism, Introduction to Visual Storytelling, and Information for Mass Communication. 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 during the 2016-2017 academic year and have been a finalist for the University of Massachusetts' Distinguished Teaching Award.
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. (2019). Transparency, interactivity, diversity, and information provenance in everyday data journalism. Digital Journalism, Advance Online Publication, 1–20. https://doi.org/10.1080/21670811.2018.1554409
- Zamith, R. & Braun, J. A. (in press). Technology and journalism. In T.P. Vos, F. Hanusch, M. Geertsema-Sligh, A. Sehl & D. Dimitrakopoulou (Eds.), International Encyclopedia of Journalism Studies. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.
- Zamith, R. (2018). Innovation in Content Analysis: Freezing the flow of liquid news. In S.A. Eldridge II & B. Franklin (Eds.), The Routledge Handbook of Developments in Digital Journalism Studies. Abingdon, UK: Routledge.
- Zamith, R. (2018). Quantified Audiences in News Production: A Synthesis and Research Agenda. Digital Journalism, 6(4), 418–435. https://doi.org/10.1080/21670811.2018.1444999
- Zamith, R. (2018). A Computational Approach for Examining the Comparability of 'Most-Viewed Lists' on Online News Sites. Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, 95(1), 122–141. https://doi.org/10.1177/1077699017714223
Upcoming Travel and Presentations
- May 24-28, 2019: International Communication Association Annual Conference in Washington, DC
- June 17-20, 2019: Professional and Peripheral News Workers and Shifting Importance of Platforms, a symposium organized by Volda University College in Volda, Norway
- August 7-10, 2019: Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication Annual Conference in Toronto, Canada