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City graduate named best new journalist

MA Investigative Journalism alumna receives prize at the British Journalism awards
by Ben Sawtell

nullCity University London alumna Emma Slater was named as the 'new journalist of the year' at the British Journalism Awards earlier this week for her investigation 'return of the supergrass' which was broadcast by BBC's Panorama earlier this year.

Emma Slater, who completed her MA in Investigative Journalism in 2009, began the investigation during her time at City after finding out that 175 supergrass deals were signed between January 2006 and April 2012. In 156 of these cases, offenders received considerably reduced sentences despite, in some cases, their evidence being not believed by the jury or totally discredited in court.

The judges described Emma as a "big issue journalist" and praised her follow-up piece in the Independent as being "very well crafted and dealing well with a complicated story."

Dominic Ponsford, Editor of the Press Gazette, said: "These awards are proof that we are part of a noble profession that now, as much as ever, aspires to and achieves the highest ethical and professional standards."

There was also a posthumous award for former Sunday Times foreign correspondent Marie Colvin, who was killed while reporting in Syria in February. Ms Colvin was also recognised with an award at the James Cameron Memorial lecture at City earlier this year.

Photo credit: J.B. Young Photography

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