Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Journalism and Communication

Committee Chair(s)

Ted Pease


Ted Pease


Internet technology has provided tools for communication only dreamed of decades ago. This technology, coupled with civic engagement, has the power to influence local legislation in powerful ways. In this project, I conducted interviews and focus groups to find out how citizens of Cache County, Utah, are using the Internet to engage in civic affairs affecting local legislation. Interviewees were also asked what aspects of a community website would likely enhance their civic activity. It was found that people primarily use the Internet to access information and send email. Suggestions for enhancing engagement included more creative, and interactive ways of using the Internet. The project culminated in a rudimentary website implementing the information gleaned from interviews.


This work made publicly available electronically on May 7, 2012.