David Lemayian is the Lead Technologist of Code for Africa and ICFJ Knight Fellow.\r\n\r\nWHAT LED YOU TO START WORKING IN DIGITAL\/MEDIA PUBLISHING?\r\n\r\nMy colleague and founder of Code for Africa, Justin Arenstein, asked if I\u2019d want to work together. He has an investigative journalism background and ran his own media house. At the time I was juggling getting my own mobile apps startup off the ground while building civic technology apps because I saw a gap in information citizens had on what their government was doing with their money. I immediately knew that building ecosystems for media houses to use data and civic tech would have a wider reach than a small tech startup doing it on the side.\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nWHAT DOES A TYPICAL DAY LOOK LIKE FOR YOU?\r\n\r\nA typical day is spent in meetings coordinating the work we do across the continent. In the afternoon I\u2019ll respond to e-mails, Slack conversations, and look at Github notifications. In the evenings I\u2019ll work on software for the projects we support.\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nWHAT DOES YOUR WORK SETUP LOOK LIKE? (YOUR APPS, PRODUCTIVITY TOOLS, ETC.)\r\n\r\nSlack is our primary communication tool. We use Google Drive to manage all our documents and Github for all our source code repositories. We also heavily rely on gCal for scheduling meetings. For coding, I primarily use Sublime Text, and to take notes I use Simple Note.\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nWHAT DO YOU DO TO GET INSPIRED?\r\n\r\nI talk to people but conferences have also been big sources of inspiration. Watching people present their ideas always seems to spark some in my work.\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nWHAT\u2019S YOUR FAVORITE PIECE OF WRITING OR QUOTE?\r\n\r\nToo many to choose from but I\u2019d have to say; \u201cWhat is honored in a place is cultivated there,\u201d read it in Eric Weiner\u2019s The Geography of Genius. The quote is probably by Plato or someone else.\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nWHAT IS THE MOST INTERESTING\/INNOVATIVE THING YOU HAVE SEEN ON ANOTHER OUTLET OTHER THAN YOUR OWN?\r\n\r\nThe standards set out by ProPublica in their \u201cNerd Guide.\u201d It\u2019s not just enough to build apps, I believe setting out process and templates has further reaching impact.\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nWHAT IS THE PROBLEM THAT YOU'RE PASSIONATELY TACKLING AT THE MOMENT?\r\n\r\nSetting out standards, guides, and templates for all our work for others to replicate and contribute to easily. By making it easier for people to engage with the mechanics of how we do things, we will be making it easier to grow the ecosystem faster.\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nDO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR AMBITIOUS DIGITAL PUBLISHING AND MEDIA PROFESSIONALS WHO ARE JUST STARTING OUT?\r\n\r\nHire outside your comfort zone (the person doesn\u2019t have to be senior) and then train the hell out of them. Send them to conferences and have them meet with people from other organizations you admire. Also get your developers\/techies out of the basement and into the newsroom (The IT Crowd reference here), because they\u2019re eager to contribute.