ECU Student Editor Defends Streaking Photos

Wednesday, November 9, 2011


A student newspaper at the East Carolina University, The East Carolinian, ran uncensored photos of a student who streaked the ECU v. University of Southern Mississippi game.


Editor Caitlin Hale made the final decision to run the pictures, citing that they were not meant to be seen in a sexually suggestive manner.

According to Jim Romanski of Poynter.org ECU administration condemned the decision to run the photos and plans to use the event as a learning process.

My question here, is whether this is justified or not. Should those involved be reprimanded?

The pictures show front images of the streaking student and I believe this is where the biggest discretion is at.

Hale defended her decision by noting that the paper's audience had the right to the uncensored, factual photos.

Personally, the publishing of these photos comes off as a poor attempt to get attention. In fact, this is borderline disgraceful.

These photos serve as shock value and don't enhance the publication at all. Lets be honest, we can all picture a naked body in our head.




2 comments:

Rachel Smith November 9, 2011 at 8:09 PM  

I completely agree with what you are saying here. I think it is ridiculous for a newspaper to run an uncensored photograph of a streaker. The East Carolinian seems to simply be trying to get attention for their graphic photograph. Although, the paper will most likely be able to defend the publication of such a photograph by saying it possesses SLAPS value. (Serious Literary, Artistic, Political, or Scientific). The are attempting to make a political statement and therefore cover their rear ends from receiving serious consequences for their raunchy actions.

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