Spiographies: Jen Carter

Describe your role on the PBS Digital team.
My role as an associate on the Station Products and Innovation team within PBS Digital is to provide member stations with digitally innovative resources via PBS-developed product and services. These resources come in the form of product training, marketing and communication, and innovative initiatives that aid in strengthening the health of the PBS member stations.

How will the digital world change over the next few years?
Digital is an ever-evolving, ever-growing field that is determined by what the users want and need. There's a low barrier of entry which makes servicing those users by providing good, rich, and unique content that much more challenging. And who doesn't love a challenge? To face that challenge, I think we are going to see continued growth of organically-generated original content that centers on communities. I see the digital world becoming more and more hyper-local and hyper-focused on the users.

How would you explain Bento in a few sentences to a 10-year-old?
Bento is AWESOME! Think of it like a lunchable that you can add yummy snacks to, but instead of food, it helps build websites. You know…on those things you show your parents how to use that they are always click click clicking away on.

What is the one website you can’t live without?
Google... I mean, who could?

What book do you think every person needs to read and why?
Little Women by Louise May Alcott. It's got everything: history, drama, comedy, romance, strong female role models, and some of the best character and story development you will find. I read it every holiday season and I never get tired of it.  

What is your favorite mobile app?
So I have three...NewzSocial, iPhoto, and Houzz...I'm a bit of a house and renovation junkie.

Describe your perfect weekend.
I have three words for you: Sun, Beach and Book 

If you could have a Google Hangout with any person, dead or alive, who would it be and why?
I would say any one of my ancestors that came to this country at any point. We have a lot of history, as do all families. But to talk to a relative that came over on the Mayflower, or an ancestor that came through Ellis Island, or the Native American Chief whose sketch we have would be pretty epic. I think I'd like to know what it was like and how they felt when they saw all the changes happening.

Describe the internet in one word.