Editorial Policy
Carolina Public Press, a not-for-profit journalism organization, is responsible for the development, editing and publishing of content appearing on carolinapublicpress.org. With the exception of content shared through content-sharing agreements with other news organizations, comments and columns, content is developed and owned solely by Carolina Public Press. The board of directors oversees the organization’s mission, strategic vision and financial sustainability; all news-related decisions are made by the organization’s editors.

Donation Policy
Carolina Public Press is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, and it accepts charitable financial contributions and grant support from businesses, organizations, foundations, families and individuals. Donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law. Carolina Public Press is committed to maintaining and upholding its independence. Financial support to the organization does not and will not influence content development, production or publication in any manner. Click to support independent, in-depth and investigative reporting now.

Privacy Policy
We are committed to protecting your privacy. We do not collect any personally identifiable information from you unless you voluntarily choose to submit or otherwise disclose such information to us, including information submitted or disclosed by email, telephone or physical mail, or through this website. This privacy policy may change from time to time, as determined by Carolina Public Press. By accessing and using this website, you agree that you have read and understand this Privacy Policy and that you accept and consent to the privacy practices described in this Privacy Policy.

Embedded and shared content from other websites
Articles on this site may include shared content and embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites and organizations behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website. These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracing your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

Our site, Facebook page and Twitter feed will contain links to other online content we believe may be of educational interest to our readers. We have no control over these other sites or their content. Links on Carolina Public Press are not an endorsement or promotion of the information, views, opinions or news found on those websites. Carolina Public Press does not guarantee the veracity and/or editorial intent of information on websites linked to in CPP 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 an email to info@carolinapublicpress.org.

This website does gather anonymous, non-identifiable general information by using cookies. The statistics obtained with this information is used to help us improve content and overall user experience with regard to the website and the materials, products and services that we make available on the website.

We use Google Analytics, which is a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. (‘Google’), to help us see how our website is used. In doing so, information about your use of our website, including your IP address, may be transmitted to Google and stored on Google’s servers. The data collected by Google Analytics is used to analyze how frequently people visit our website, how the website is found, and which pages are most frequently viewed. This information is combined with data from thousands of other users to create an overall picture of website use and is never identified individually or personally. You can read Google’s privacy policy here. You may learn how to opt out of tracking here.

Cookies are also set as part of the ShareThis social media sharing service used to allow our site visitors to share content from our website on their own social media accounts. The ShareThis service only personally identifies you if you have separately signed up with ShareThis for a ShareThis account and given them your consent. You can read the ShareThis privacy policy here. This page also explains how you can opt out of the tracking aspects of the ShareThis Service if you wish to.

The settings on your internet browser can be used to refuse cookies and possibly delete already placed cookies. There are various types of internet browsers (e.g. Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome and Safari) and their respective settings are changed differently. You should refer to the help feature of your internet browser to change your cookie settings. Bear in mind that changing your settings can have an impact on the sites you visit.

How we protect your data and what rights you have over your data
As a security measure, our website uses a SSL certificate to encrypt data during transmission. The security of information sent over the internet through this website, by email at email addresses at this domain, or otherwise electronically transmitted is not guaranteed. Accordingly, Carolina Public Press Inc. does not guarantee or warrant the security of information disclosed to you or from you through this website, by email or otherwise electronically transmitted, and any such disclosures are done so at your own risk. Any data you submit to us is kept for internal use and for direct communications with the user who submits it.

We do not rent or sell any personally identifiable information to third parties. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal or security purposes.

Google News Initiative Policies

Carolina Public Press is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, investigative news organization based in Asheville and serving all of North Carolina. 

We have received a grant from the Google News Initiative to undertake a project that will examine how folks in rural NC access their news, what kind of news do they need/access frequently, and how news outlets such as ours could help fulfill these needs. Our research will be analyzed for insights into trends among news needs and preferred ways to access the news. It will provide the basis for strategic editorial innovation that specifically serves the surveyed audiences. Discovery may provide a wealth of potential innovations that will help reach underserved audiences. 

When you participate in research with us, these policies apply:

  • We will not share your personally identifiable information (PII) with any party outside the scope of the research project. Personally identifiable information is information such as your name, address, phone number, and email address.
  • Your survey responses are confidential.  Personal information is only utilized to group responses.  Confidential responses are not attributed to you. 
  • We will not sell your contact information to anyone.
  • Your participation in a study is voluntary and your decision will be respected.  You always have the option to opt-out of, or terminate your participation in, research. Read the full policy.

Sweepstakes policy

18 years of age or older at time of entry. Entrants must be physically located in the county(ies) included in the sample frame. The sweepstakes begins when the survey is launched and closes at 11:59pm EST on the final day of the survey period. [See survey invitation for specific dates for each survey or contact CPP for more information.]  Limit one entry per household or email address. Void where prohibited.

ENTRY IN SWEEPSTAKES: All participants in the survey will be invited to share their information and enter the sweepstakes at the conclusion of the survey. Participants must live in the target areas, be 18 or older, complete the survey, and opt to be entered into the contest in order to participate. 

PRIZES: Prizes will differ by project and will be clearly described in survey communications. Potential winner will be selected in a random drawing from all qualified entries received. Potential prize winners will be notified by email and/or by phone. Potential winner is required to respond with a complete notification email or return the phone call within 7 Days of notification date or an alternate winner will be selected. All applicable taxes are the responsibility of the winner. Prize is not transferable. No prize substitutions. Odds of winning based on the number of entries received. Limit one prize per family or household. 

Columns and Comments on Content

Your submissions including, but not limited to, column submissions and comments on our content
Columns and comments on our content are accepted and encouraged. We believe discussion on stories and topics featured and covered on Carolina Public Press is important. To participate, however, you agree that columns and comments intended for display on our site are written by you will not include content that is illegal, indecent, profane, threatening, defamatory, invasive of privacy or otherwise injurious to others. We reserve the right to reject submissions including, but not limited to: infringements on copyright; personally identifiable information about other people, such as phone numbers, street addresses or e-mail address(es); or information that could result in an invasion of others’ privacy or their harassment. We value courtesy. You are required to identify yourself by name to publish columns or comments on our site.

By submitting content, you agree that you are granting to us a non-exclusive, royalty-free, perpetual right to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, edit, reformat, create derivative works from, distribute and display that content in any media, unless a previous agreement is arranged. Your submissions may be edited for length or clarity or for any other reason either before or after they are published, and they may be attributed to you and may include your name and city.


The copyright for this site and materials contained in it are owned by the Carolina Public Press project or by third parties who grant use of their materials. We do provide our content for sharing, with some restrictions; content shared elsewhere but produced by Carolina Public Press remain the property of Carolina Public Press. Please consult our policy for how to share our content.

We reserve the right to remove any submitted content for any reason from our site. We reserve the right to monitor, but not facilitate or moderate, disputes between users of our site. We also reserve the right to monitor, but not facilitate or moderate, comments on our site. We are not responsible for incorrect, false or misleading information submitted by readers and users of the site.

Use of images and graphics

From time to time we may use images or graphics from published stories or public events in marketing or advertising, including print and/or digital publication. If you have questions regarding this policy, please contact us.

Links to Carolina Public Press
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.

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 and comments about Carolina Public Press
Questions and comments about the content produced and published by Carolina Public Press may be sent by e-mail to news@carolinapublicpress.org. We read all comments sent to us and try to respond to as many as possible.

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Subsidiary websites and programs of Carolina Public Press
These editorial policies and terms of use apply to any/all subsidiary websites, programs, events, trainings and other activities of Carolina Public Press.

We are happy to answer questions regarding these policies. Please call 828-774-5290 for more information.