1. What do you do at PBS Interactive?
I am a PBS Interactive Marketing and Communications Intern working on the SPI team for the summer.
2. How did you get involved with Public Media?
Like many kids I grew up on PBS shows. I watched Sesame Street and Barney, but who didn’t? This past spring I was fortunate enough to intern at KTTZ, a #localPBS Member Station in Lubbock, TX. I really enjoyed how each PBS station has the ability to make it their own by producing their own content, and getting the community involved. I enjoyed my experience at KTTZ and look forward to working here at PBS for the SPI team.
3. How will the interactive landscape change over the next few years?
I think over the next few years the interactive landscape will expand dramatically. I think right now it has come pretty far, but it is still really only on the Internet and other mobile platforms. In the future, I can see television becoming more interactive. I think interactive commercials might be where it starts. Much like some online video systems, I think we will be allowed, or forced, to choose which commercial we “want” to see. From there I think it’ll spill into the actual shows to try and increase audience interaction. I don’t know if all that will work or not, but I think that’s where we are headed and what we might see.
4. If the Internet didn't exist, what job would you have?
I would be the inventor of the Internet!
5. What is your favorite gadget and why?
So far I would have to say it’s my fully-loaded, James Bond style, Aston Martin DBS, complete with changeable license plates, front-firing rockets, hood-mounted target-seeking guns, spike-producing tires and a passenger ejector seat...But...in reality...it’s my phone.
This little piece of technology keeps me in touch with all the people I love and care about, and that’s important when your thousands of miles away from them like I am. It really amazes me how awesome, and necessary, cell phones have become. Don’t believe me? Leave yours at home and count how many times you reach in your pocket for it...Don’t worry I’ll wait...
6. If you could have dinner with any three people from history, who would they be and why
Like my wise my fellow intern-in-crime Brionne told me, “History is made every day.” So with that in mind:
Kevin Hart- He is hilarious! I probably wouldn’t eat much, for fear of choking on my food because I was laughing so much.
Phil Jackson – I think this guy is awesome. He is so laid back and just always seems to be in control. I’d love to pick his brain and learn some of his tools and tricks.
Christopher Lloyd and Steve Levitan – (I count them as one) These guys are the producers of Modern Family. I love that show! I want to be a producer one day, so I think they would be an awesome resource to learn from. Plus they would probably be hilarious.