University fires student media director

On Wednesday the university dismissed its student media director, Paul Isom.

The dismissal came nearly two months after The East Carolinian, the student newspaper that Isom advises, published nude photographs of a streaker on the front page.

The controversial photos ran in the Nov. 8, 2011 newspaper after a streaker had run onto the field at a home football game the weekend before.

The decision to publish the photos resulted in an uproar both locally and nationally.

University administrators said the photos were “in poor taste” and held meetings with those involved in the decision to publish the photos.

Isom said that his termination was not given any specific reasoning.

“They were very careful not to give a specific reason,” said Isom. “I asked twice.”

Isom has been with the university since 2008 and has worked as a student media advisor/director for about 15 years.

Isom said after the photos were published his interactions with administration “changed fairly noticeably.”

He said that he had very little time to explain the role of student media and when he did he was ignored.

Isom, along with advising The East Carolinian, oversaw the campus radio station, WZMB, television station, Campus 31, magazines Rebel and Expressions, and yearbook, Buccaneer.

Several media outlets, including the Daily Reflector and television stations, have contacted both Isom and administrators about his dismissal.

For more information about Isom and his termination, be sure to pick up a copy of The East Carolinian on Tuesday.

This writer can be contacted at news@theeastcarolinian.com

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