Blog 5: It’s been two years since María, now what?

Friday was the two-year anniversary of Hurricane María’s landfall in Puerto Rico.

I can distinctly remember the videos and reports I saw that day and as much as they were a lifeline for me to know what was happening, they were also chilling and disturbing. They wouldn’t get better for a long time.

Two years later, there are some good things that have happened since, but sometimes it feels like little to no progress has been made in recovering the island we lost. David Begnaud, a CBS news correspondent, was in Puerto Rico two years ago covering the hurricane. He started this Twitter thread, to shed light on the problems that still persist on the island.

Other journalists, like Puerto Rican, Andrea González-Ramírez, also commemorated this moment with a series of tweets.

Coverage of the anniversary ranged from pieces on the brewing political unrest in Puerto Rico by The New York Times to NPR’s Throughline podcast covering PR’s colonial history.

El Nuevo Día's front page on Sept. 20, 2019. The headline reads "Two years after María: A look toward the future of Puerto Rico and a route marked by extreme obstacles from the federal government."

El Nuevo Día’s front page on Sept. 20, 2019. The headline reads “Two years after María: A look toward the future of Puerto Rico and a route marked by extreme obstacles from the federal government.”

In Puerto Rico, El Nuevo Día, the island’s biggest newspaper commemorated the anniversary with coverage on the future of Puerto Rico. It’s interesting that while many publications in the states looked at the past or present, but this newspaper decided to focus on what’s next.

I’m glad Puerto Rico got coverage from many publications on the anniversary of María, yet it leaves a bad feeling in my mouth when we rarely see coverage about the island in other dates, even though there’s a lot happening.

Here’s to hoping we don’t forget about Puerto Rico news coverage on a day-to-day basis.