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.”
“Breaking the ‘Silence,'” an editorial by Knight Center director Jim Detjen, elucidated the importance of Rachel Carson’s enduring book “Silent Spring” and was the inspiration for Dying to be Heard. “Messages from the Arctic,” a feature article by then-graduate student Alicia Clarke, detailed a University of Tennessee expedition to the Arctic to monitor global warming’s effect of seafloor ecosystems. It later appeared on television as Meltdown. Both articles appeared in the Fall 2005 edition of the magazine.
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