Hayg Oshagan

Hayg is one of 22 candidates for the 2019-20 Board of Directors election. ONA members as of Sept. 9 are eligible to vote between Sept. 11 and Sept 27. Learn more about the election process and check out Hayg's vision for ONA.

Hayg Oshagan is a Professor at Wayne State University in Detroit, and Founder and Director of New Michigan Media (NMM). NMM is the collaboration of the largest ethnic and minority media in Michigan. With a combined reach of over 140,000, NMM includes the largest Arabic, Jewish, Asian, latino and AfricanAmerican weeklies in the state. The collaboration is the only one of its kind in the US, and has been active for over 8 years. Oshagan works with the publishers of the NMM papers to break down minority community silos, give a louder voice to minority concerns, share resources, and do better journalism. Ethnic media often provide the backbone of minority communities, both in reporting locally and in advocacy. As our nation becomes increasingly minority and ethnic, the role these media play becomes ever more important. Yet, they face the same challenges in reaching new and younger audiences, and understanding the digital space as do mainstream news outlets. Through multiple national grants and speaking engagements, Oshagan has been a leading advocate for ethnic and minority media. Now, more than ever, it is critically important to have a strong voice for ethnic and minority newsmedia on ONA’s board.

Website: http://newmichiganmedia.com