Behind the Screens: Meet Matt Ringelstetter
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1. Describe your role at PBS.
Here on the Digital Programming and Promotions team I work with producers to develop websites for their shows on our Bento platform. I also help producers who create their own, non-Bento sites and promote them on PBS.org.
2. What’s the best lesson you’ve learned so far working in public media?
Realizing that people are relying on us to provide content that they can trust throughout their lives. Public media, whether its radio or television, is in the unique situation of being looked to for guidance and an objective voice by Americans of all ages. It’s important to remember that.
3. What’s your favorite mobile app?
A coworker got me hooked on Cyclemeter, an app that tracks the route, distance, speed, and time of a bicycle ride. I ride to work and it’s a fun way to record each trip and get competitive with yourself.
4. What’s the one website you can’t go a day without?
SB Nation. Their college and pro football coverage is excellent and the overall network of sites covers almost every team you’d want to follow. Plus, their writers show that covering sports can be smart, funny and often irreverent while still providing expertise and insight on what happened in last night’s game.
5. In your opinion, what are the upcoming membership and development trends?
We’re all about video here these days. Finding ways of providing more of it in more places.
6. What’s one fact about you that would surprise most people?
Before coming to PBS, I spent my career working on digital exhibit projects at museums. My background is in history, and I’ve always thought that using web and new digital tools are great ways to teach and engage the public in their past.
7. What do you do when you aren’t working?
I like to run, work on and ride my road bicycle, play basketball, read, search for and drink tasty beers, and watch the Green Bay Packers win every Sunday.
8. Describe PBS in a word.