We’re Announcing a Partnership with Puerto Rican Newspaper ‘Pasquines’ Today


St. Thomas — It’s a good day in the U.S. territories today. Today, we’re announcing a long-term partnership with Pasquines, a nonprofit news organization based in Puerto Rico that focuses its coverage on the U.S. territories.

State of the Territory News and Pasquines began talks on collaborating as early as last April. After discovering one another’s content online, it became clear that both papers had a few similarities.

Pasquines is available in English and covers news in Puerto Rico involving finances, statehood, voting rights and access to affordable healthcare. William-Jose Velez, a Puerto Rican native founded the organization and today, the non-profit boasts over 16 individuals who help write, recruit, and edit content.


News from U.S. Territories, In One Place

Pasquines has created Unincorporated Context, a Facebook group for news organizations in U.S. territories to share stories and create synergy on similar topics. Thirteen months after hurricanes Irma and Maria struck the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, Super Typhoon Yutu became the strongest storm to ever hit a U.S. territory.

The typhoon caused widespread devastation in the Northern Mariana Islands in October and was barely covered in national media — this is why Unincorporated Context is so important today. The Facebook group is linked to Pasquines’ public page which has over 1,500 followers. State of the Territory News will also link its Facebook profile in the coming days and the opportunity will be extended to more online newspapers covering the territories according to Pasquines’ founder.

Velez noticed that content on State of the Territory “very closely aligned,” with content produced at Pasquines. A partnership created to expand local media coverage on issues involving voting rights, healthcare and recovery efforts in U.S. territories could benefit over 4 million Americans living in the Caribbean and the Pacific.

Pasquines has begun something incredible that could potentially help residents in U.S. territories learn about one another. Velez works out of Washington D.C. and is a biomedical engineering and engineering management graduate with interests in patents, policy, technology, and communications. We’d also encourage you to check out stories published by Pasquines here.

Highlighting Partnerships Between Elected Officials

As elected officials from the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands and American Samoa continue to work closely in Washington, creating stories that highlight their partnerships has been a priority for both Pasquines and writers at State of the Territory News.

We’re always interested in using strategic partnerships to bolster the messaging of important topics that affect American citizens in U.S. territories like the Guam, American Samoa, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico and of course the U.S. Virgin Islands.

All five U.S. territories have been affected by destructive tropical cyclones beginning with Irma and Maria in 2017 and a climate report released by 13 federal agencies in November points to stronger storms in coming years.

Pasquines has extended an invitation for State of the Territory News to share content with the group’s members and is inviting Americans living in U.S. territories to do the same.

As we explore creative ways to spotlight over 4 million disenfranchised American citizens living in U.S. territories, our mission to explore trends and innovative tech in the U.S. Virgin Islands hasn’t changed and we’re excited to partner with Pasquines to bring social justice to each U.S. territory by connecting us all.

You can join the Facebook group Unincorporated Context here.

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