Credit: Code for Africa analyzed the water sources and worked on the visualization
Justina Asishana is an award-winning Data and Investigative Journalist who is passionate about data, human interest issues, transparency, and governance.
Currently, the Niger state correspondent for The Nation Newspaper, Justina tries to look at various ways of telling gender-balanced, human interest and investigative stories using a solutions lens with an infusion of data in her reportage.
Justina has done a lot of investigative reporting for her media organization, The Nation Newspaper and other media organizations including the International Center for Investigative Reporting (ICIR), the Wole Soyinka Center for Investigative Journalism (WSCIJ), the Premium Times Center for Investigative Journalism (PTCIJ), and the International Center for Journalism (ICFJ).
Justina was one of the pioneer Dubawa Fellows, a fact-checking fellowship to combat misinformation in Nigeria; she was the 2019 ONE Champion in Niger state and was the ICFJ 2018 and 2020 Safety Fellow, an Alumnus of the School of Media and Communication Pan-Atlantic University, a Fellow of the African Science Literacy Network and a Fellow of the Report Women Network.
Justina was the 2021 Africa Media Development Foundation (AMDF) Journalist of the Year, the IJNET Journalist of the Month in May 2021, she was the runner up of the Feature Writer of the Year and Business Journalist of the Year in the 2021 Nigeria Media Merit Awards (NMMA).
Another focus of Justina’s reporting is conflict reporting. Being in a state where insecurity is apt, Justina has been at the forefront of reporting insecurity and issues affecting Internally Displaced Persons and communities affected by the insecurity.
Her investigative reports are usually a point of reference by Legislators and government and as such, some of the issues reflected in the reports have been used as advocacy tools to get the change to the affected people.
Justina loves reading, writing, networking, listening to good music, exploring and mastering new digital tools and travelling.
She has benefitted from several grants and fellowships, one of which is this project from Code for Africa as part of the Water Commons initiative and the Code for All Exchange Program.