Joshua Olufemi

DataPhyte: A Data Journalism Website

Mr. Joshua Olufemi is a media management executive with eight years of experience in investigative journalism, open data advocacy, civic innovation, and media development in Nigeria.  Currently the head of knowledge and innovation at the Premium Times Centre for Investigative Journalism in Abuja, he has trained over 300 journalists across Nigeria on data-driven journalism and has managed more than eight accountability and governance projects on a range of issues, including election monitoring, public procurement, health, and press freedom.  He also contributes to an online open contracting platform called Budeshi, which makes data on government budgets and public services accessible to the public.  He has helped to establish data journalism desks for two leading investigative journalism organizations, Premium Times Centre and the International Centre for Investigative Reporting.  He also led a parliamentary watch project, which contributed to a 20 percent budget cut for the Nigerian parliament in 2015 and further cuts in 2016 and 2017.  During his fellowship, Mr. Olufemi developed a data journalism platform called DataPhyte, with the purpose of providing citizens with access to research and analysis on the governance of Nigeria’s oil, gas, and health sectors.