Archive for the ‘Multimedia’ Category

In the summer of 2010 I participated in an internship at the local television station Fox 2 in Detroit. I was brought in to assist with web production for their site, produce content, and specialize in Politics, culminating with a candidate survey revolving around the Michigan Primary on August 3, 2010.

While at the station I worked on a variety of stories for the website. Below you will find links to all articles and clips or multimedia of different content I worked on. An in depth description detailing the Primary Candidate project for the television station can be found here.


All multimedia and their accompanied stories were written, recorded and edited by myself and other interns (whose names will be mentioned). Most of those stories were done with a deadline in mind as to when they must be up on the website. Some had a more serious element, while other pieces were light-hearted pieces.

Supporters of Israel Speak Their Mind

Written and Produced by Benjie Klein and Amelia Carpenter

West Bloomfield – A rally in support of Israel took place in West Bloomfield Township yesterday. Some in attendance held Israeli flags and American flags as a show of patriotism.

Signs with statements like: “We Americans Stand By Israel,” “Israel’s Blockade is Legal,” and “Israel Gave Up Gaza for Peace” could be seen by those passing by the southeast corner of Fifteen Mile and Orchard Lake Rd… The rest of the story can be found on the Fox 2 website here.

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Automotive X-Prize Gearing For Final Stages

By Benjie Klein, Amelia Carpenter, and Karen George

Brooklyn, MI – Michigan International Speedway had some fierce competition these past two weeks. Yet, it wasn’t a race.

Progressive Automotive Insurance has been holding it’s X-Prize competition right here in Michigan. The X-Prize was created with one goal in mind — build a safe, efficient car that gets at least 100 MPG in real world driving. At stake, $10 million…  The rest of the story can be found on the Fox 2 website here.

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Links to additional non-political Multimedia:

World Cup 2010: American Football vs. World Futbol *by Benjie Klein and Amelia Carpenter

American Idol Fans Say Goodbye to Simon *by Benjie Klein and Karen George

Predict the Winner of American Idol *by Benjie Klein and Karen George

Political Article Example

Candidates Send the Wrong Message

By Benjie Klein

More Michigan jobs.This is the mantra we have been hearing for years across this state.  Yet, for some reason, candidates over look what’s right in front of them — an opportunity to start the process in the simplest way.

It is no secret anywhere in the country that during election time politicians are out for themselves. Because of that, they often miss the fundamentals that helped earn them the chance to run for office from the beginning. Start with the people at home. The rest of the story can be found on the Fox 2 website here.

Links to Additional Political Articles:

Mackinac Policy Conference

Mackinac 2010: Who Will Step Up

Politics and Technology: Time to Tear them Apart

Sound Off: What Does Michigan Want in a Governor?*By Benjie Klein and Amelia Carpenter

Sound Off: Kwame Kilpatrick Sentencing Reaction*By Benjie Klein and Amelia Carpenter

More Information about the Primary Candidate Project


Observational Documentary

Posted: December 8, 2010 in Multimedia, Technology

Here you’ll find a five minute observational documentary I created for a film production class at the University of Wisconsin. It revolves around the Madison, Wisconsin Home Products Show at the Alliant Energy Center that occurred in February 2010. The show featured products ranging from the Little Giant Ladder to garden and patio supplies. The video was edited using Final Cut Pro and filmed over a three day period.

*This story was a joint effort between Will Mueller and Benjie Klein that was originally published in the Badger Herald on 04/27/10

Slideshow breaking down the World Cheese Championships

Video story about Gary Grossen’s attempt to achieve cheese greatness

Thirty world class cheese judges from around the globe gathered in Madison to take part in crowning the best cheese in the world at the biennial World Cheese Championship Contest at the Monona Terrace.

According to John Umhoefer, executive director of the Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association, the contest started in 1891, but did not become a worldwide contest until 1958.

“It’s grown from a competition just for our members, to a statewide and then a United States competition, and now a world competition,” said Umhoefer. “So it’s kind of an organic growth that it’s had for 120 years.”

Umhoefer, a former journalism student the University of Wisconsin-Madison and director of WCCC for 17 years, said submissions for this year’s contest surpassed all previous marks with 2,318 cheeses and butters from 20 countries. Both international and local judges evaluated the cheeses and butters to declare a winner.

“To be a grader in Wisconsin, you have to have a license. So a lot of these folks are licensed cheese graders,” said Umhoefer. “But for this contest it’s actually…just a look at their resume, their judging experience.”

While some of the judges at WCCC were local, many, like David Lockwood from Neil’s Dairy Yard in London, traveled thousands of miles to judge cheese. Regardless of origin, judges evaluate cheeses by the same methods.

“We’re looking for what is wrong,” said Lockwood. “We assume that something is perfect to start with and we are actually looking for faults. It’s a way to evaluate the cheese and help the cheese maker improve.”

Competitors from all over the world submitted their cheeses to the contest, but one cheese maker practices his trade right here at UW.

Gary Grossen makes his cheese in Babcock Hall. Grossen was raised above a cheese factory and grew up to become partner there with his father.

“I took it over myself. My dad and I were in partnership and we were there for 51 years,” said Grossen. “In 2001, I sold out and stayed with the new people for three years to get the change over fine and then came to Babcock Hall.”

Grossen submitted his Gouda and his aged Gouda for the 2010 WCCC and faired quite well. He received fourth place for the Gouda and second place for the aged Gouda. The aged Gouda from this year’s contest was the same cheese he placed in first under the Edam, Gouda, category in the 2009 U.S. Championship Cheese Contest. By saving batches of that cheese, Grossen was able to age the cheese for over a year and enter it into the aged Gouda category for the world competition.

The cheese that won the individual gold medals from the 80 possible categories went on to the championship round where all 30 judges determined an overall winner.

For the third straight year the overall winning cheese hailed from Switzerland. Cedric Vuille’s Gruyere, a cheese from Fromagerie de La Brovine in La Brovine, Switzerland, took home top honors. The Swiss also captured the first runner-up spot with a smear-ripened hard cheese.

The winning cheese, along with other finalists, was to be put up for auction at the International Cheese Technology Expo held April 20-22 at the Alliant Energy Center. While the winners get prestige for their creations, the competition is funded by their quality products. In 2008, the award winning cheeses were auctioned off for more than $65,000, with the winning cheese selling for $7,500.