East Carolina fires newspaper adviser in wake of ‘streaker’ controversy January 4, 2012 http://www.splc.org/news/newsflash.asp?id=2311 NORTH CAROLINA — East Carolina University fired its student media director Wednesday, two months after the newspaper he advised published a controversial front-page photo of a streaker. Paul Isom said he was terminated Wednesday in what he believes is a response to student editors’ decision to run the photo. Isom said he returned to his office shortly after 11 a.m. to find two unexpected guests – his direct supervisor, Director of Marketing and Communications Chris Stansbury, and a representative from human resources. He said they initially gave him four hours to clean out his office and leave campus. “They said that I would get severance and my final paycheck at the end of the month,” Isom said. Isom said he received no explanation other than that they “wanted to move in a different direction.” Isom has been an adviser at ECU since 2008, and first began advising college publications in 1994. He served as
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