INMA 30 Under 30: Adar Rahman of Prothom Alo

By Dawn McMullan


Dallas, Texas, United States


On September 17, INMA awarded 30 young professionals around the world with its debut “30 Under 30” award as part of its Young Professionals Initiative. This is the 13th in a series of 30 features about these impressive rising media stars who are shaping our industry. 

Adar Rahman became sub-editor at the age of 20. Just two years later, she ttended the 71st Cannes International Film Festival as a journalist on behalf of Prothom Alo, making her the first female journalist from Bangladesh to cover the prestigious event in Cannes, France.

Adar Rahman is sub-editor Prothom Alo in Bangladesh.
Adar Rahman is sub-editor Prothom Alo in Bangladesh.

Covering the event, she wrote human stories — not just celebrity stories — like the one of a student who traveled 100 miles to see the festival without a ticket. As a young woman from a developing country, she rightly counts that as an achievement of hers, and she looks to continue adding to these accomplishments, setting her sights on becoming a top executive in the news media industry.

She recognises that as the industry changes, it needs new, vibrant, and sustainable ideas. She wants to be one of the voices shaping that future.

“I always tried to go for a path that is less traveled,” she said. “I would like to utilise every competition, every obstacle, every challenge as an opportunity to prove the relevance of an authentic news media.”

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