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Watching the Watchdog: Will Microsoft Produce the Next Walter Cronkite?

Tim Knight | Posted 09.19.2012 | Canada
Tim Knight

Once upon a time when the world was young and had hope, and global warming, the one per cent and social media hadn't yet been invented, there truly was a golden age for TV news in North America. Could Microsoft bring that golden age back since its split from MSNBC?

Tim Knight's Watching the Watchdog: Journalists Are Killing Journalism

Tim Knight | Posted 07.17.2012 | Canada
Tim Knight

Today, graduates of journalism school see the profession as just that: a job. A paycheque. A security. They do what they're told to do. They're not journalists; they're employees. They don't buck the corporate system. They're part of it. Newsrooms are turning into mere offices.

Watching the Watchdog: Why People Don't Trust Journalists

Tim Knight | Posted 06.16.2012 | Canada
Tim Knight

At a recent gathering of longtime journalists, the talk got around to how journalists were ranked way down there in public esteem with lawyers and politicians. A colleague claimed that's because our fellow citizens don't understand what we do. "Bullshit," growled the oldest member.

CBC Cuts Produce -- Surprise! -- Good Programming

Tim Knight | Posted 06.09.2012 | Canada
Tim Knight

It couldn't have come at a better time. Right after the brutal $115-million budget cut -- while its enemies bash it for opacity and profligacy and its friends laud it as sacred Canadiana -- the network has a triumphant evening.

Watching the Watchdog: Have We Forgotten the Media's Raison D'Être?

Tim Knight | Posted 06.05.2012 | Canada
Tim Knight

Traditional professional journalism is taking a beating these days. When challenged, both left and right sneer at is as "mainstream journalism," implying that its somehow tainted because it's general interest, rather than some rabidly one-sided screed. So allow me to answer back.