Full-Time Faculty

Rodrigo Zamith

Assistant Professor

Ph.D., University of Minnesota


Rodrigo Zamith is a media scholar whose research focuses on the reconfiguration of journalism in a changing media environment and the development of digital research methods. From a theoretical perspective, he is interested in the changing nature of news and newswork amid the adoption of new technologies, an influx of technologists into newsrooms, and greater emphasis on data. From a methodological perspective, he is interested in the development of electronic interfaces and algorithms to facilitate and improve scholarly work in a changing research environment, especially with large datasets.

Zamith's research has been published in leading peer-reviewed outlets like New Media & Society, the Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, Digital Journalism, The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, and The Oxford Encyclopedia of Journalism Studies. He is a recipient of the Nafziger-White-Salwen Dissertation Award, which recognizes the best dissertation published in the discipline of mass communication, and a finalist for the Gene Burd Dissertation Award and Digital Journalism's Article of the Year award. Zamith has also received a Lilly Teaching Fellowship to promote innovative course design and was a finalist for UMass' Distinguished Teaching Award. He is a Faculty Associate of UMass' Computational Social Science Institute.

Before joining the faculty at UMass, Zamith received both a Ph.D. in Mass Communication and a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Minnesota, as well as a M.S. in Mass Communication from Florida International University. Zamith is also interested in data visualization and natural language processing, and is an avid soccer fan.

New & Selected Publications

Haim, M., & Zamith, R. (in press). Open-source Trading Zones and Boundary Objects: Examining GitHub as a space for collaborating on "news." Media and Communication. 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

Zamith, R. & Braun, J. A. (2019). 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. https://doi.org/10.1002/9781118841570.iejs0040

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., & Lewis, S.C. (2015). Content Analysis and the Algorithmic Coder: What Computational Social Science Means for Traditional Modes of Media Analysis. ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, 659(1), 307-318. https://doi.org/10.1177/0002716215570576

Zamith, R., & Lewis, S.C. (2014). From Public Spaces to Public Sphere: Rethinking Systems for Reader Comments on Online News Sites. Digital Journalism, 2(4), 558–574. https://doi.org/10.1080/21670811.2014.882066

Hermida, A., Lewis, S.C., & Zamith, R. (2014). Sourcing the Arab Spring: A Case Study of Andy Carvin's Sources During the Tunisian and Egyptian Revolutions. Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, 19(3), 479–499. https://doi.org/10.1111/jcc4.12074