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Newspapers That Aren't Dying


There is no "digital first" strategy at 169-20 Hillside Avenue, a nondescript shop offering photo services, money transfers and video rentals in Jamaica, Queens. From its basement, Khalil ur Rehman, a first generation Pakistani immigrant, has been publishing the Urdu Times for over two decades.

In his office are two computers, a fax machine, and a phone. "Before, we used to actually have a printing press here," said Rehman, amid the distant rumble of the F-train that passes under every few minutes. Less frequently, water discharged from a toilet above noisily whooshes down a pipe next to the publisher's desk.

It's a barebones operation, but Rehman's weekly newspaper has 14 editions today, with a total of nearly 100,000 copies printed every week.

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