Dr. Shafiqur Rahman one of 40 U.S. educators selected to attend prestigious entertainment conference

Thursday, August 16, 2007

ORANGEBURG – An SC State professor is one of 40 college educators selected from across the nation to attend a three-day intensive entertainment business and diversity conference in Hollywood that focuses on the creative process behind TV and film.

Dr. Shafiqur Rahman, professor and coordinator of SC State’s Journalism/Broadcasting Program, has been selected to attend “Anatomy of an Idea,” an entertainment business conference sponsored by the Disney - ABC Television Group and The Walt Disney Studios in association with the International Radio & Television Society Foundation (IRTS). The conference was held Aug. 14-16, 2007, at Disney’s Burbank Studio Lot.

Participants include 40 select and diverse college professors from across the country and 20 diversity and fine arts organizational leaders. According to a Disney - ABC Television group representative, “The goal is to have the professors and organizational leaders reach out to underrepresented student and alumni populations and to establish a direct pipeline from this talent pool to the Disney – ABC Television Group.”

Various Walt Disney businesses were involved throughout the conference. Executives, writers and producers presented key topics through lectures and workshops such as TV and film development, production, marketing, current and future distribution platforms and other key creative content.

Dr. Shafiqur Rahman joined the SC State faculty in 2005 and serves as professor and coordinator of the Journalism/Broadcasting Program. He also serves as faculty adviser to WSSB-FM, SC State’s public radio station, and its CPB Radio Transmitter Digital Conversion Grant Project.

Dr. Rahman is the recipient of numerous awards and accolades for his work as a journalism educator, and has also received numerous fellowships from entities such as the Poynter Insitute, Scripps Howard Foundation, American Press Institute and IRTS.

He previously served as professor and chairman of the Department of Communications at Alcorn State University, as well as general manager of WPRL-FM and ASU Cable TV 13. He has also taught at Louisiana State University and Chittagong University, and served as a television producer and director for Bangladesh Television.

Dr. Rahman earned a Ph.D. in communications from Simon Fraser University, master’s degrees in sociology and journalism and mass communications from Dhaka University and a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Dhaka University. He also completed further study in communication policy and planning at the East-West Communications and Culture Institute in Hawaii.