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Wired Magazine has a short feature on The Musalman, the last hand-written newspaper in the world:

The Musalman is possibly the last handwritten
newspaper in the world. Four professional calligraphers spend three
hours on each page every single day to put out this daily paper.

While it’s a Muslim newspaper, it’s also a beacon of liberalism in
South Asia, employing both women and non-Muslims. Two of the four
katibs (calligraphers) are women and the chief reporter is Hindu.
Indian royalty and poets often visit the paper to offer content and
accolades.

The image gallery gives a real sense of the artisanship required to put this together:

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related reading on the art of Urdu calligraphy are at Chapati Mystery and Iqag.
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