by Michael Sweeney, Professor; Associate Director for Graduate Studies
Paul Jacoway is an Akron, Ohio, native with degrees from the University of Akron and Kent State University. He also carries a certification from Diablo Valley College in California in television arts and visual communication. Jacoway describes himself as having been a non-traditional student from the start, but he can be more significantly characterized by the level of involvement and the pride he takes in his area of focus, documentary film production.
Jacoway is distinguished by the Emmy Award he received for Final Edition: Journalism According to Jack and Jim Knight, the story of two Akron brothers who founded Knight-Ridder Newspapers Inc. Jacoway’s interest in local media history — and its modern relevance — is central to this project and as-yet uncompleted project about U.S. Rep. John Seiberling, another historic figure from Akron.
Jacoway seeks to create documentaries about subjects that people — even young people — care about. His goals help to answer a central question he wants to ask: How are documentaries relevant to news and journalism today? During the film-making process, Jacoway searches for specific primary sources, such as audio clips of subjects’ recorded speech, that will help his audience get to know historic figures about whom they may have little prior knowledge.
Jacoway’s film-making interests span all stages of the process, from writing and research to filming and editing the final piece. In fact, he prefers to individually create his projects from start to finish and maintain creative control of the results.
Written by new MS student Kerry Kubilius.