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.
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. (in press). Quantified Audiences in News Production: A Synthesis and Research Agenda. Digital Journalism.
- Zamith, R. (2017). A Computational Approach for Examining the Comparability of ‘Most-Viewed Lists’ on Online News Sites. Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1177/1077699017714223
- 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 (pp. 111–128). Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
- Zamith, R. (2017). Capturing and Analyzing Liquid Content: A Computational Process for Freezing and Analyzing Mutable Documents. Journalism Studies, 18(12), 1489-1504. https://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1461670X.2016.1146083
- Zamith, R. (2016). On Metrics-Driven Homepages: Assessing the Relationship between Popularity and Prominence. Journalism Studies. Advance online publication. https://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1461670X.2016.1262215
Upcoming Travel and Presentations
- May 22-23, 2018: Algorithms, Automation, and News in Munich, Germany
- May 24-28, 2018: International Communication Association Annual Conference in Prague, Czech Republic
- August 6-9, 2018: Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication Annual Conference in Washington, DC