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Documentary about Akron media giants premieres Oct. 26

Akron, OH — Sept. 4, 2009 — A new documentary, “Final Edition: Journalism According to Jack and Jim Knight,” premieres Monday, Oct. 26, at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium at the Akron-Summit County Public Library, 60 S. High St., Akron.

The premiere date is the birthday of the late Jack Knight. A discussion and reception follows the documentary showing. All of the events are free and open to the public. Parking in the adjoining deck after 6 p.m. is also free.

John (Jack) and Jim Knight were Akron brothers and prominent national figures who owned and ran the Beacon Journal newspaper in the 1900s. They eventually created the Knight-Ridder Newspapers Inc. empire of 31 daily and 26 nondaily newspapers in 28 U.S. markets, including the well-known Detroit Free Press, Miami Herald, Philadelphia Inquirer, and San Jose Mercury News. The brothers also founded the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, now based in Miami, Florida.

The prize-winning newspaper group, at one time the nation’s largest, was sold to McClatchy Company in 2006 and Knight-Ridder passed into history.

Produced and written by Paul Jacoway, of Paul R. Jacoway Productions of Akron, and Kathleen Endres, distinguished professor of communication at The University of Akron, and directed by Jacoway, the documentary tells the story of the Knight family, the Beacon Journal and the rise and fall of Knight-Ridder.

Three years in the making and narrated by David Lieberth, deputy mayor of the City of Akron, the documentary features interviews with popular local newspaper writers Abe Zaidan and Michael Douglas, Beacon Journal Editor Bruce Winges, and Knight Foundation President Alberto Ibarguen.

The documentary was underwritten by a grant from the Ohio Humanities Council, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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