CoastalReview.org, or CRO, is a daily, nonprofit, news and feature service covering the North Carolina coast. It is published by the North Carolina Coastal Federation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit group dedicated to protecting and preserving the North Carolina coast.
While the federation often advocates for better laws and policies, CRO is not an advocacy publication. We’re not interested in one-sided stories. Almost all of our stories are written by professional journalists, who strive to meet the highest standards of fairness and accuracy. Editorial decisions are made independent from the publisher and any other persons or interests.
Coastal Review is a member of the North Carolina Press Association.
We launched CRO in February 2012 in an attempt to fill the gap in coastal environmental reporting created by the decline of traditional media. The ability of newspapers and other traditional media to report credibly and capably on news other than sports, business, politics and local affairs has been severely undercut by the loss of several thousand journalists during the contraction of the print and broadcast industries during the past decade. In the case of environmental issues, the loss is incalculable. Once there were as many as eight full-time environmental reporters in the state. That’s no longer the case.
The North Carolina Coastal Federation, though, has provided much of the money to keep CRO going. Joining the federation, then, indirectly supports our work here at CRO. We accept donations and grant support from businesses, organizations, foundations, families and individuals. Donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law. Your donation will help pay for future stories. The federation’s financial health, accountability and transparency have earned it a perfect score with Charity Navigator. Fewer than 1% of the thousands of charities rated by Charity Navigator have earned perfect scores.
About the North Carolina Coastal Federation
MISSION: The North Carolina Coastal Federation empowers coastal residents and visitors from all walks of life to protect and restore the water quality and critically important natural habitats of the North Carolina coast.
Since 1982, the federation has been in the field restoring miles of coastline; training and educating students, adults and communities to take actions that result in cleaner coastal waters and advocating for an accessible, healthy, productive coast.
Created when eight grassroots organizations merged under the leadership of the current executive director, Todd Miller, to give a united voice to the need for long-term coastal management, the federation remains a collaborative, grassroots organization at its heart and brings together traditional and nontraditional organizations, government agencies and businesses in order to achieve what is best for the North Carolina coast and to leave a legacy of clean water for future generations. Learn More