In 2006, the Knight Center for Environmental Journalism began Environment, a video unit to produce documentaries to air on local PBS stations. Originally, Environment aimed to bring the pages of EJ Magazine to life and did so with its first two pieces, “Dying to be Heard” and “Meltdown.”
Knight Center instructor Lou D’Aira and his students have produced several more award-winning environmental documentaries that have aired on public television stations across the country. Topics include pesticides, global warming, owl rehabilitation and invasive species.
In 2007, their first documentary, “Dying to Be Heard” won a Michigan Emmy in the category of lighting. Kevin Wilt, a music student at MSU, was also nominated for best musical composition/arrangement.