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Newspaper of the Month: The Weekly Push

The Weekly Push, a digital tabloid newspaper for Facebook's engineering team

Our Newspaper of the Month for March is The Weekly Pusha collection of articles posted each week in Facebook's engineering offices around the world.

"The Weekly Push" is what the Facebook team calls the process of pushing out updates on their production site. Think of it as an advice column for software engineers.

The Weekly Push, a digital tabloid newspaper for Facebook's engineering team

The 28-page digital tabloid addresses specific challenges on Facebook’s codebase, with contributions from Facebook employees and help from the Facebook Analog Research Laboratory.

The first issue collects more than a year's worth of issues tackled by the Facebook team – it's valuable advice condensed for the company's staff and an interesting look at the day-to day-challenges faced by a technology office.

The Weekly Push, a digital tabloid newspaper for Facebook's engineering team

The content is put together by Editor-in-Chief Roy McElmurry. "The Weekly Push started out humbly in the Seattle office," he tells us, "where its content and simple format was well received. Then a visitor from Menlo Park spotted an article in Seattle and inquired about getting these articles posted in California."

"Since then we've added several offices are are currently publishing in Seattle, Menlo Park, New York, Boston, Vancouver, London, and Tel Aviv."

The Weekly Push, a digital tabloid newspaper for Facebook's engineering team

"The topics for the articles were initially chosen largely for their impact in the author's daily work experience, but topic choice shortly branched out to include employee requests and submissions."

Today, articles are often suggested and written by teams that wish to spread the word about some best practice or little known product or feature.

The Weekly Push, a digital tabloid newspaper for Facebook's engineering team

Designer Tim Belonax lays out the content with a mind for sparking visual interest in The Weekly Push. "Each subject is illustrated using its title, providing a creative constraint as well as a consistent voice," Belonax says. "Since the Push is always up around our offices a re-imagining of its presentation was necessary to draw people into something that is familiar."

Flip through The Weekly Push in The Newsagent to see what Facebook's engineers have been up to lately. Thanks for printing with us!


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