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Tim Knight

Writer, Comunications Coach, Broadcast Journalism Trainer, Filmmaker

As a British-Canadian, I’m expected to be self-deprecating, unpretentious, even modest.

Read my regular media column, WATCHING THE WATCHDOG, here on Huffington Post Canada however, and you’ll find that I exhibit few of those virtues when it comes to my skills as a writer, communications coach and broadcast journalism trainer.

What you’ll find instead is that I’m a first class writer who's also one of the best communications coaches and broadcast journalism trainers around.

I know my stuff.

AS A WRITER, I can handle just about any style (except jargon, bafflegab and bureaucratese) and any subject (except quantum mathematics and how Xi Jinping became General Secretary of the Communist Party of China). 

I specialize in storytelling. In writing with clarity, intelligence, verve and even wit. In taking the complex and making it simple. In clarifying information and bringing understanding.

AS A COMMUNICATIONS COACH, I can help you write better, sharper, more effective papers and speeches and deliver those speeches convincingly, with panache confidence and conviction.

AS A BROADCAST JOURNALISM TRAINER, I’ve worked with thousands of broadcast journalists in hundreds of workshops in a dozen countries. I have no doubt I can seriously polish your storytelling, writing, performing and interviewing skills.

All at very reasonable prices.

In fact, I’m so confident that I can help make you a better writer, speechmaker, interviewee or broadcast journalist that I offer this GUARANTEE: if you’re not entirely satisfied, I’ll refund half your fee — as long as you buy the beer afterwards.

So refresh your skills. Have an experienced, discreet eye and ear check out what you’re doing and help you do it a lot better.

Find out who I think I am at my WEBSITE

SPECIALTIES: Coaching in storytelling, writing, interviewing, performing for broadcast journalists and anyone who wants to write, make speeches or be interviewed professionally. Documentary producing, directing, writing, narrating, story editing.

Watching the Watchdog: Bang-Bang Men

Tim Knight, writes the regular media column, Watching the Watchdog for HuffPost Canada. Full Disclosure: he worked with Don North at ABC in New York and CBC in Montreal and this column is adapted from...
07/22/2013 06:13 EDT

Watching the Watchdog: Give the Nobel Prize to Snowden, Assange and Manning

We've learned an incredible amount about how governments scheme, conspire, collude, connive and lie, both to each other and to the people who elected them. Which is why my nomination for the next Nobel Peace Prize is WikiLeaks and its three great whistleblowers -- Julian Assange, Bradley Manning and Edward Snowden.
07/19/2013 05:06 EDT

Watching the Watchdog: How to Get Rid of Bedbugs

My name's Tim, and I've had bedbugs. Yes, bedbugs. There. I've said it. I make this confession to warn you that we Canadians are living through a major plague. We have to break that silence. If we don't, the bloodsucking insects will doubtless take over every apartment, house, building and hotel in the country.
07/15/2013 10:52 EDT

Watching the Watchdog: Watching Mandela With Bated Breath

It is winter in South Africa and inside Pretoria's Mediclinic Heart Hospital the old lion lies dying. Most of all, though, people are waiting for the word. After the tears that will follow Madiba's death, South Africans will still go about their daily business. And they will surely laugh because that's all they know, and that's how they've always endured.
06/24/2013 12:17 EDT

Watching the Watchdog: Canada's Prostitution Laws at the Supreme Court

Right now the Supreme Court of Canada is tackling the obvious contradictions implicit in it being against the law to "communicate for the purposes of prostitution," "operate a bawdy house," or "live off the avails of prostitution." In effect, the court is trying to decide whether brothels and their pimps/managers/bookkeepers/cleaning staff/bodyguards/chauffeurs etc. should be legalized.
06/21/2013 05:42 EDT

Watching the Watchdog: The Benefits of Legalizing Marijuana

Yes, I've smoked marijuana. And yes, I've inhaled it. Marijuana lessens pain (I have a bad back). It's an anti-depressant (the freelance writing, filmmaking and communications training business are in terminal decline). And it increases both sexual enjoyment and staying power (no need to explain).
06/15/2013 12:37 EDT

Watching the Watchdog: No Bad Whores, Only Bad Laws

A few years back I had an affair with a friend who'd been one of Toronto's most exclusive and expensive whores. To her, prostitution was a job pretty much like any other. She wrote: "Like any other whore I've ever known, I have two lives. One life earns all this money for being available for men and women who want -- and can afford to pay -- for the pleasure of my company. It's the other life, my personal life, that's my real life. The life where I win and lose, behave well or badly, am happy or sad. The part of my life where there's real meaning. ... When I'm working there's nothing womanly involved. Just business. "
06/10/2013 12:21 EDT

Watching the Watchdog: Politicians Refusing to Communicate

What we have here is a refusal to communicate. We have a prime minister who refuses to explain why three of his Conservative senators have been forced to resign from his party. When it comes to codes of silence, His Worship the oafish mayor of Toronto, Rob Ford, has learned a lot from the nation's chief magistrate.
05/24/2013 05:31 EDT

Watching the Watchdog: The Difference Between Public and State Broadcaster

So what's all this fuss the lefties are making about Prime Minister Harper trying to keep track of costs at the CBC by writing a few words into the back of his omnibus budget, Bill C-60? But what's the difference between a public broadcaster and a state broadcaster? I've worked for both. So I can tell you what's the difference.
05/17/2013 05:18 EDT

Watching the Watchdog: Bill C-60 Does Canadians a Disservice

I drink a toast to a man who believed passionately that journalism -- all journalism, but particularly journalism committed at a crown corporation like the CBC -- isn't just a job. That instead, it's public service. And that it's an honour to be a journalist -- particularly a CBC journalist -- and serve the people.
05/10/2013 05:29 EDT

Watching the Watchdog: Some Things I Don't Understand

Tim Knight writes the regular media column, Watching the Watchdog, for HuffPost Canada. Some things I don't understand: What happened to that absolutely essential element of political participatory de...
04/12/2013 04:52 EDT

Watching the Watchdog: Will This Man Bring Quality to Online Journalism?

He's young, lean, handsome, well over six feet tall, has dark, curly hair, a smile that makes women go weak at the knees, wants to build a better world and is the son of a famous Liberal Party leader. No, he's not the one you're thinking of. Instead of trying to become the next prime minister of Canada, this one's trying something even tougher.
04/01/2013 05:30 EDT

Watching the Watchdog: An Ode to Kevin Page

Last week saw the end of the tenure of Canada's first and, so far, only Parliamentary Budget Officer. He is a genuine Canadian hero. While so many other Canadian civil servants (and politicians) went along with the Harperite parliamentary thuggery, Page simply did his job.
03/29/2013 05:46 EDT

Watching the Watchdog: Did We Just Watch Vatican Idol?

This edition of Vatican Idol -- brought to you at a cost of many millions by nearly every media outlet in the world -- is, thank the lord, finally over. Much sound (hymns, sermons and endless journalistic platitudes), no visible fury, and in the end, no significance except the name of the next chief executive officer of this exclusive and dysfunctional men's club.
03/14/2013 05:19 EDT

Watching the Watchdog: Chasing the Revolution

My first time is back in the '60s. I'm a very young newspaper reporter at the liberal (for apartheid-poisoned South Africa) Sunday Express in Johannesburg when I fall in with a wild and racy theatre crowd. My next time is in New York in the '70s. It's all a bloody mess. So I join the banned very-left-wing Trotskyists.
03/07/2013 05:38 EST

Watching the Watchdog: The Holier Than Thou Network

But today, I'm waxing wrathful about TV networks and stations that mutilate innocent and often brilliant programs and, quite simply, by doing so steal our money. Specifically VisionTV -- which calls itself "the World's only national multi-faith and multi-cultural television service."
02/28/2013 03:28 EST