Knight Center for Environmental Journalism

Dying to be Heard

Dying to be Heard tells the story of Michigan State University professor Dr. George J. Wallace, who discovered a link between DDT and dying birds on the MSU campus. His work was highlighted in Rachel Carson’s book “Silent Spring,” which helped launch the modern environmental movement.

The film, produced by students and faculty in MSU’s Knight Center for Environmental Journalism, is based on MSU professor Jim Detjen’s editorial “Breaking the ‘Silence’” that appeared in the fall 2005 issue of EJ Magazine. It was picked up by all six PBS stations in Michigan.



Part 1

Part 2

Part 3



Great Lakes Environmental Film Festival

Environment’s inaugural piece, “Dying to be Heard,” took the top spot in the college longform division at the 2007 Great Lakes Environmental Film Festival. Student producers Ben Philips, Karly Pence, and composer Kevin Wilt shared the $1000 first-place prize. The GLEFF is a video and photo competition open to high school and college students. The next festival will be held January 9th and 10th, 2008.

Michigan EMMY

“Dying to be Heard” won a local emmy from the Michigan chapter of the 2007 National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) for lighting. Composer Kevin Wilt was also nominated for an emmy for best musical composition/arrangement.

Society for Professional Journalists

“Dying to be Heard” took first place for TV In-Depth Reporting in the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) Region 4 and second place nationally. Producers Ben Philips, Karly Pence, and composer Kevin Wilt were recognized at the Mark of Excellence Luncheon at the March ’08 conference in Pittsburgh, Penn.





For more information on how to order a DVD copy of Dying to be Heard, contact the Knight Center for Environmental Journalism at Michigan State University.

Knight Center for Environmental Journalism
382 Communication Arts and Sciences
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824-1212

Administrative Assistant
Barb Miller
Fax: 517-355-7710

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