The move comes just three years after Schneider was stripped of three North Carolina Press Photographers Association awards, reprimanded by the paper and suspended for three days without pay for essentially doing the same thing.
In a phone interview Friday afternoon, Observer editor Rick Thames explained that Schneider violated the paper's policy against altering color in photos, a policy put in place specifically in response to Schneider's earlier infractions.
"We have an established policy on this issue and it really comes down to the fact that journalism cannot be about original art forms, unless it's labeled as such," Thames said. "Journalism is about capturing art in real life. Sometimes our tools fail us. Sometimes your camera fails to accommodate the circumstances you see, or your notes aren't legible or your tape recorder fails. When that happens we don't have the option of trying to recreate what happened. As a journalist you go back out the door and try to recapture that again, and most journalists understand that."