Damon Kiesow

Damon Kiesow
University of Missouri | Mizzou · School of Journalism

Master of Science


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Publications (5)
Each medium of news delivery has a unique set of attributes that facilitate or impede consumption and learning. In this article, we examine what affordances of digital news sites are present or absent. Based on the perspectives of Gibson’s ecological psychology and his conceptualizations of affordances, as well as Norman’s theorizing of signifiers,...
New roles in news organizations have emerged supporting media products demonstrating a range of digital features. Along with the requirements of these products come a new set of skills and competencies to coordinate, develop, manage, and support them. Thus, product-related roles, previously considered on the periphery of a media organization, becom...
This paper examines print affordances based on Gibson’s conceptualization. We conducted semi-structured in-depth interviews with long-time newspaper subscribers to understand three kinds of affordances: physical affordances germane to the print medium, perceived affordances utilized by experienced readers, and relational affordances generated in th...
Research Proposal
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Digital news websites lack many of the design afordances present in a traditional print newspaper. These afordances provide signals for readers’ sensemaking processes across dimensions such as category, recency, relatedness, and urgency. The authors hypothesize that the normative culture of newspaper newsrooms evolved in tandem with the packaged pr...
Conference Paper
This project thus offers an opportunity to identify print or digital affordances that appeal psychologically and functionally to users. We plan to study identified attributes individually and holistically, so we have a better understanding of those appeals. To explore this hypothesis, our research asks: What needs does the print news-reading experi...


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Project (1)
What attributes in print, and digital, that afford consumers cognitive support while processing news, from exposure, selection, attention, perception, to sensemaking? We propose and argue that a systematic study of the affordances of print and digital news is necessary to understand news consumption. Obviously, such a study has both theoretical and practical implications. Print and digital affordances offer basic understanding of human information processing. In the real world, consumers gravitate toward news venues that take into account such affordances. For the professionals, it is imperative to deliver news in a platform that facilitates the sensemaking process to sustain success.