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"ALIGNING LITERATURE AND THE NEWS"
Poets & Writers Magazine

"An avid reader, journalist, and creative writer, [Beenish] Ahmed turned to literature for an answer. She started the Alignist, a bimonthly book subscription service she hopes will provide a different way for readers to understand sociopolitical issues and engage with other cultures." 

 
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"THE ALIGNIST BOX SEEKS TO BRIDGE DIVIDES THROUGH EMPATHY AND READING."
Amy Poehler's Smart Girls

"Literature has this magical ability to make you understand what life is like for someone completely different than you. A good book gives you an in to another world. You start to care about its characters — and then maybe you think about people they represent differently.

 
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HOW ONE FREELANCER IS MAKING THE JUMP TO MEDIA ENTREPRENEURSHIP
International Journalists' Network

"The idea for her startup came as she realized her frustration with the somewhat superficiality of international news reporting. [Beenish Ahmed] said the coverage sometimes goes from 'headline to headline without getting that deeper understanding” about the cultural aspects of a country or the day-to-day struggle and concerns of its citizens.'"