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UBC journalism students, prof up for Emmy awards

A documentary made by UBC graduate journalism students is up for two Emmy awards. The film shows how electronic waste is causing public health problems and human rights issues in developing countries.

According to a news release issued by the UBC Graduate School of Journalism, Ghana: Digital Dumping Ground has been nominated for awards in two categories: Outstanding Investigative Journalism and Outstanding Research.

The documentary was broadcast last year on the PBS series FRONTLINE/World. According to the release,

For Digital Dumping Ground, students traced the path of electronic waste around the globe, to Ghana, China and India, and discovered public health, human rights and national security concerns. The documentary also received the prestigious Sigma Delta Chi Award for best documentary of the year from the Society for Professional Journalists earlier this year, and it was nominated for another US prize, the Livingston Award for Young Journalists.

Meanwhile, the students' professor, Peter Klein, has also received an Emmy nomination for his film Over a Barrel: The Truth About Oil. The nomination is in the category of Outstanding Business or Economic Reporting (Longform).

Crawford Kilian is a contributing editor of The Tyee.

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