ECU fires student media director after newspaper publishes streaker photos

Staff writerJanuary 5, 2012 

East Carolina University's director of student media has been fired, the university said today, nearly two months after the campus newspaper he advised published a photo of a streaker at an ECU football game.

Paul Isom, who advised three student-run publications, was dismissed on Jan. 4, according to an announcement by Virginia Hardy, vice chancellor for student affairs.

ECU officials declined to comment on the reason for the dismissal, describing it as a personnel matter.

Isom oversaw all student media outlets and directly advised The East Carolinian newspaper, where the photo was published in November.

The university previously described the newspaper's decision to publish the photo, showing full frontal nudity, as "in very poor taste."

The East Carolinian is an independent student-run newspaper. University officials had said they would have conversations with those who made the decision "to further the students' understanding that with the freedom of the press comes a certain level of responsibility about what is appropriate and effective to get their message across."

The streaker ran across the field at Dowdy-Ficklen stadium on Nov. 5 during a military appreciation ceremony at halftime of the ECU's game against Southern Mississippi.

On Nov. 8, The East Carolinian published a series of photos of the naked man sprinting and then being tackled and arrested.

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