Rodrigo Zamith

Rodrigo Zamith

Associate Professor

University of Massachusetts Amherst

  • PhD in Mass Communication

    University of Minnesota

  • MS in Mass Communication

    Florida International University

  • BA in Journalism

    University of Minnesota

  • News innovation
  • Emerging media technologies
  • Data-driven news work
  • Algorithms in journalism
  • Computational social science


I am an Associate 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 New Media & Society, 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 a recipient of AEJMC’s Nafziger-White-Salwen Dissertation Award, and have been a finalist for the ICA Gene Burd Dissertation Award and Digital Journalism’s Article Of The Year award. I am a Faculty Associate of UMass’ Computational Social Science Institute and a Faculty Affiliate of its Department of Communication.

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 recently taught Data-Driven Storytelling, Introduction to Journalism, International Journalism, Content Analysis, and Introduction to Visual Storytelling. I am a former Lilly Teaching Fellow and FlexLearning Fellow, recipient of UMass’ College Outstanding Teaching Award, and finalist for the University’s 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.

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