The Benjie Klein Portfolio Experience

Hi, I’m Benjie Klein.

Here you’ll find some of my work over the past few years as I seek to begin a full time career in the Social Media, Public Relations, and Digital Media world. I hold a Masters Degree in Mass Communications and Journalism for the University of Wisconsin. Previously, I received my bachelor’s degree in Communications from Michigan State University. In between undergrad and returning for my Masters I worked for the Detroit Tigers as a Box Office Administrator. Following that adventure I traveled through Australia and Europe before reaching Madison, Wisconsin. I now live in the Metro-Detroit area as I watch the city try to rejuvenate itself in all aspects of its storied history.

On this site you’ll find links to articles I’ve published, multimedia I’ve put together over the years, and articles that didn’t find their way to publications. I currently intern at Berg Muirhead and Associates, a Detroit-based public relations firm.  I continue to write posts for BaseballReflections.com covering the Detroit Tigers and occasional stop by my old blog The Meaty Matters to talk meat and food. All articles and work can be found in the links to the left. Check out some great stories on cheese, offal meats, and work I did while writing for Fox 2 Detroit and Bleacher Report. Below is my Resume.

Benjamin Adam Klein
BK5000@gmail.com
(248) 514-6636 (Cell)

Twitter: @BenjieKlein   LinkedIn: Benjie Klein

Work Experience:

May 2012- Present                         Berg Muirhead and Associates: Detroit, MI

Public Relations Intern

  • Create and update content for client websites and social media accounts
  • Write and edit press releases, media advisories, and emails to clients
  • Generate and update media lists, community organization lists and governmental databases
  • Assist in pitching and following up with media regarding events, releases and stories
  • Attend client meetings and provide account support to management

April 2004- Present                          Ford Field: Detroit, MI

Ticket Office Employee

  • Serve as ticket seller and day of event customer service representative
  • Contacted customers regarding ticket sales and payments
  • Helped set up seating for major sporting events and concerts

May 2010- Aug 2010                        WJBK Fox 2 Detroit/MyFoxDetroit.com: Southfield, MI

                                                Web Production

  • Developed original content through writing and filming stories, publishing articles and editing videos for MyFoxDetroit.com
  • Helped manage and update the website with breaking news and ranking top stories
  • Led and collaborated on a project about the Michigan Primary Election and its candidates
  • Mediated and monitored live chats and streamed live video of newscasts and special events
  • Used search engine optimization practices to increase website exposure

May 2010- Aug 2010                        BleacherReport.com

Writer

  • Wrote over 50 articles averaging more than 2,000 reads per article
  • Had articles featured on CBSSports.com and local news affiliates of the site
  • Wrote breaking news stories under short deadlines on hot sports topics and news of the day
  • Marketed articles using SEO, Facebook, Twitter, and other social media avenues

April 2004- Oct 2007                        Detroit Tigers, Inc./Comerica Park: Detroit, MI

Box Office Administrator/Ticket Services Employee

  • Manager of the Will Call/Customer Service box office
  • Promoted to full time employee after working seasonal in 2004 and 2005
  • Responsible for Daily Box Office deposits and financial reports
  • Major event experience in a fast paced environment providing services and support to hundreds of customers each game day.
  • Trained and supervised over 25 employees
  • Worked closely with several other departments to maximize sales and customer service

May 2001- Present                        SwittleMonkey Productions: Farmington Hills, MI

Entrepreneur, video recorder and editor

  • Designed and collaborated on an array of videos and other multimedia featuring events, entertainment, documentaries and legal work.
  • Edited movies to include music, titles, and special effects to improve the quality of the video.
  • Negotiated terms of payment with clients over services rendered

Education:           

University of Wisconsin              Master’s Degree in Journalism and Mass Communications, GPA 3.82             Dec 2010

Michigan State University              Bachelor’s Degree in Communications, GPA 3.23                                           May 2006

Research Assistant for Communication Experiment: January 2005- May 2005

Confederate for compliance-gaining study

  • Acted as a student “cheating” on an exam
  • Interacted with over 100 students in this role
  • Contributed suggestions to head researcher

Technical and Additional Skills:

  • Skilled with Macintosh, PC, Microsoft Office, iMovie, iDVD, Final Cut Pro, Dreamweaver, Photoshop, Adobe Premiere, Soundslides, Audacity, Garageband, iPhoto, Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, Power Point), WordPress, Blogger, Content Management Systems
  • Familiar with Avid Media Log, HTML code, CSS styling, Cover It Live, FTP, Torrents, AP Style, Wikis


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