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 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 was a finalist for the ICA Gene Burd Dissertation Award and Digital Journalism's Article Of The Year award. I am a Faculty Associate at 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, International Journalism, Introduction to Visual Storytelling, and Information for Mass Communication. I was a Lilly Teaching Fellow and have been a finalist for the University of Massachusetts' Distinguished Teaching Award and a nominee for the SBS Outstanding 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
- Belair-Gagnon, V., Zamith, R., & Holton, A. E. (2020). Role Orientations and Audience Metrics in Newsrooms: An examination of journalistic perceptions and their drivers. Digital Journalism. Advance online publication, 1–20. https://doi.org/10.1080/21670811.2019.1709521
- Wright, K., Zamith, R., & Bebawi, S. (2019). Data Journalism Beyond Majority World Countries: Challenges and opportunities. Digital Journalism, 7(9), 1295–1302. https://doi.org/10.1080/21670811.2019.1702472
- Haim, M., & Zamith, R. (2019). Open-source Trading Zones and Boundary Objects: Examining GitHub as a space for collaborating on "news." Media and Communication, 7(4), 80–91. https://doi.org/10.17645/mac.v7i4.2249
- Zamith, R., Belair-Gagnon, V., & Lewis, S. C. (2019). Constructing Audience Quantification: Social influences and the development of norms about audience analytics and metrics. New Media & Society. Advance online publication, 1–22. https://doi.org/10.1177/1461444819881735
- Zamith, R. (2019). Algorithms and journalism. In H. Örnebring, Y.Y. Chan, M. Carlson, S. Craft, M. Karlsson, H. Sjøvaag & H. Wasserman (Eds.), Oxford Encyclopedia of Journalism Studies. Oxford: Oxford University Press. https://doi.org/10.1093/acrefore/9780190228613.013.779
- Zamith, R. (2019). Transparency, interactivity, diversity, and information provenance in everyday data journalism. Digital Journalism, 7(4), 470–489. https://doi.org/10.1080/21670811.2018.1554409
Upcoming Travel and Presentations
- August 6-9, 2020: AEJMC in San Francisco, USA