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Getting to Know... Jennifer Carter

1. What do you do at PBS Interactive?
I am starting as the Project Associate working within the Station Products & Innovation team. I’ll be working mostly with Projects Bento and Merlin.

2. How did you get involved with Public Media?
I have a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications with a concentration in Journalism and New Media from Towson University. I always knew I wanted to work in the media world and after a few internships at various media organizations I landed a job with Thomson Reuters at one of their legal publications Business Law Currents. After some time I knew this is where I wanted to be and the interactive part is becoming increasingly more exciting by the day.

3. How will the interactive landscape change over the next few years?
I see the interactive landscape continuing to grow but moving towards professionalizing it’s local content and products. The Internet, while expansive, has a very localized appeal about it. People like learning and interacting with others around them about what they find most interesting…themselves (including their background and interests, etc....) The best parts of the interactive environment deal with its expansive ability to showcase individual voices to a global audience. It allows anyone to share the smallest detail (which they find relevant) to anyone that is interested.

4. If the Internet didn't exist, what job would you have?
Well since professional beach dweller doesn’t pay as well as it used to…I have to say I’d like to have an amalgamation of some of my most favorite hobbies.

I would want a job where I could be a pastry chef/photographer who also has an entrepreneurial venture that focuses on improving young adult and adult literacy. The pastry chef part would allow me to travel around the world learning and incorporating all the amazing traditions and cultures into my little neighborhood bakery shop. The photography part would come in handy when I am traveling the world, so I could document and share my experiences with others.

The final element would be to start a charity that helps young adult and adult audiences learn to read and write (free of charge). It would be open to anyone and provide a curriculum that is tailored to each person (based on their schedule), centering on their individual’s goals, interests and passions.

5. What is your favorite gadget and why?
My iPod Touch whose name is "Merlin". I know it's not too outrageous or cutting edge (anymore) but I don't know what I would do without my tunes. I think I am most impressed by my ability listen to just about anything whenever I want. I am not a major gadget person (since the hottest gadgets are never around for long), though I am always impressed by what something as small as a person’s palm can do.

6. If you could have dinner with any three people from history, who would they be and why?
Just three huh…well that is hard:

Louisa May Alcott - The famous author of Little Women and other classic treasures. This was the first “real” book I ever read. My grandmother gave me her copy and it planted the seed that spawned a love for reading and writing. The more I read it the more I learn and am continuously impressed by the strength and power that comes from such characteristically different yet fundamentally similar sisters.

Lou Gehrig - A first baseman who played his entire career with one team. I don't think it gets much better then Gehrig. Humble is not a word thrown around a lot in the sports world anymore but he embodied the meaning of that word fully. He was truly a man who loved the game and treated his fans and team with respect.

Richard Pryor - A legendary comic whose work is timeless and also I can’t imagine who wouldn’t want to spend 5 minutes with him.

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