Editorial Policy and Terms of Use

Editorial Policy

Coastal Review Online, a not-for-profit news service, is responsible for the development, editing and publishing of content appearing on coastalreview.org. With the exception of content shared through agreements with other news organizations, content is developed and owned solely by CRO‘s staff, contributors and freelance writers. All news-related decisions are made by CRO‘s editors. The N.C. Coastal Federation’s Board of Directors oversees CRO‘s mission, strategic vision and financial sustainability.

Donation/Sponsorship Policy

CRO accepts donations and grant support from businesses, organizations, foundations, families and individuals. They can also sponsor the site for day. Donations and sponsorships are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law. Coastal Review Online, however, is committed to maintaining and upholding its independence. Financial support to the organization doesn’t influence content development, production or publication in any manner.

Privacy Policy

We’re committed to protecting your privacy. We collect personally identifying data about you, such as your name, address and e-mail address, only when you provide it to us voluntarily. CRO will never rent or sell your personal data. Go here for our Privacy Policy.

Comment Policy

We believe discussion and debate are important. Comments on our content are accepted and encouraged on our Facebook page. We also accept letters and opinion columns in our Commentary Section.

Go here for our full Comment Policy.


The copyright for this site and materials contained in it are owned by the N.C. Coastal Federation or by third parties who grant use of their materials. We do provide our content for sharing, with some restrictions.

Links to CRO

You may link to the home page of our site and to individual pieces of content as long as the link does not cast us in a false or misleading light.

Links to Other Websites

Our site contains links to other online content we believe may be of  interest to our readers. We have no control over these other sites or their content. Links on CRO are not an endorsement or promotion of the information, views, opinions or news found on those websites. Coastal Review Online does not guarantee the veracity or editorial intent of information on websites linked to our posts. When you follow an external link and leave our site, know that those other sites are governed by their own user agreements and privacy policies. If you find a link that is broken, please let us know by sending us an email.

Termination, Additions and Edits

We reserve the right to terminate, add to, and/or edit our policies, appearing here and elsewhere on the site, at any time without notice and for any reason.

Questions, Comments about CRO

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