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Dear Readers, Thank You for More Than 6.5k Shares in 2019

St. Thomas 𑁋 2019 was a year of many firsts for State of the Territory News. In December of 2018, the online newspaper brought on its first two writers. As 2019 progressed, two more writers joined the team and a new editor succeeded the founder.

Meet the Mint Team

The Mint Team is a five-body group of writers that consists of Makiel Cepeda, Duryan Cozier, Biko McMillan, Ajeeb Prince, and Amaziah George. Biko was hired as the main editor of State of the Territory News in March of 2019 and has published two books and a collection of poems.

Ajeeb is a published author as well and published his second book in 2019. With the help of Ajeeb, Duryan, Biko and our Creative Director, Makiel. In 2019 readers like you shared articles about madras, photography, music, and content creators from the Virgin Islands. Our Facebook group News from U.S. Territories seeks to combine news from U.S. territories in the Caribbean and the Pacific.

Mint Team Roles

  • Ajeeb Prince – Writer
  • Biko McMillan – Editor
  • Duryan Cozier – Writer, Ethics Adviser
  • Makiel Cepeda – Creative Director and Marketing Specialist
  • Amaziah George – Founder and Product Manager

Stories Shared

Readers shared our articles on Facebook over 6.5 thousand times — averaging about 500 shares each month. Last year readers were also able to read our team’s work on Google Maps, Instagram and, LinkedIn. This expanded on our mission to share our news wherever you decide to hang out on the internet.

You can read stories from State of the Territory News on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Linkedin, and now Reddit. Our stories are also available in the Google Maps app and in our public Whatsapp group chat. If you search for @sottvi in the Google Maps app, you’ll see news and updates from the Mint Team.

Combined, the Mint Team leverages more than 15 social media accounts simultaneously. If that sounds confusing, just imagine each page doing a simple job — pollinating a tiny chunk of the modern internet with news from the Virgin Islands.

Social Media Breakdown

  • Facebook pages (3)
  • Facebook groups (2)
  • Twitter handles (3)
  • Instagram (1)
  • LinkedIn pages (2)
  • Google Maps listing (1)
  • Reddit handle (1)
  • Whatsapp group (1)
  • YouTube (1)

Our Mission in 2020?

We’ve been asked about our mission for 2020 and what to expect. Interestingly enough, we don’t have any new goals for 2020. State of the Territory News has remained in a constant state of evolution since launching in 2017. Each new project and initiative has formed a continuum as we work to connect all the pieces along the way.

In 2020 you’ll see our projects and digital investments come together to create a more fluid news product for our growing readership. On behalf of the Mint Team, we’d like to say thank you to our readers and supporters — and a warm thank you to the amazing writers who submitted stories and ideas in 2019.

Team Chatter — The online newspaper’s creative director hopes to reach a new audience in 2020 to expand the team’s social media presence. State of the Territory News maintains an inactive Snapchat handle (also @sottvi) that the team’s product manager could revive to jumpstart Makiel’s vision for 2020.