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Multiple Emmy success for City journalism alumni

Ramita Navai and Nicole Young receive the US television industry's highest accolade for their outstanding work in documentary film making
by Ben Sawtell

nullRamita Navai and Nicole Young (pictured, left), graduates from City University London's Department of Journalism, were recognised with awards in this year's National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences' News and Documentary Emmy Awards in the United States.

The awards, considered to be the television equivalent to the Oscars, are presented across 42 categories, including Breaking News, Investigative Reporting, Outstanding Interview and Best Documentary.

Ramita, who graduated from the Broadcast Journalism course in 2003, won for her work on the Public Broadcasting Services (PBS) network's 'Syria Undercover'. The documentary, which was shown in the UK as part of Channel 4's 'Unreported World', saw Ramita and her cameraman Wael Dabbous spend two weeks living undercover with members of the Syria's opposition movement.

International Journalism (2002) graduate, Nicole Young, received three awards for her work on documentaries broadcast on CBS' pioneering '60 Minutes' show. She was co-producer on an episode entitled 'The Next Housing Shock' and also received awards for both her writing and research on 'Hard Times Generation - Families in Cars'

Lis Howell, City's director of Broadcasting said: "This is a fantastic achievement for both Ramita and Nicole. Ramita was a great student who was a delight to teach. She was a part-time student who funded herself working in fashion PR before making this amazing transition to international investigations. She has been back several times to talk to more recent students and is always accessible and supportive. I'm not at all surprised she has won this award. It's well deserved. 

"Nicole has taken the practical skills from her course at City and, coupled with great drive and ambition, has succeeded in a very tough business.'60 Minutes' is one of the most respected documentary programmes in the world and it is fantastic that her contribution to this celebrated show has been recognised with this prestigious award."

Viewers in the UK can watch Ramita's documentary on 4OD and US based viewers on

Watch: 'Hard times generation - Families in cars' and Watch: The next housing shock

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