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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.

 <br> <br> 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.

 <br> <br> 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.
 <br> <br> I know my stuff.
 <br> <br> 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). 

 <br> <br> 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.

 <br> <br> 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.

 <br> <br> 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. <br> <br> All at very reasonable prices.

 <br> <br> 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.
 <br> <br> 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.
 <br> 

 <br> Find out who I think I am at my WEBSITE <a href="http://www.TimKnight.org" rel="nofollow">www.TimKnight.org</a> <br> My HuffPost <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/tim-knight" rel="nofollow">COLUMNS</a> <br> Linkedin <a href="http://www.linkedin.com/profile/edit?report.success=1T2P-&goback=.npe_*1_*1_*1_*1_*1_*1_*1_*1_*1_*1_*1&locale=en_US" rel="nofollow">PROFESSIONAL SUMMARY</a> <br> <br> 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.
Part Two: Was My Old Friend Really a Political

Part Two: Was My Old Friend Really a Political Assassin?

Twice we're lined up against a wall to be shot as spies. Twice the commandant changes his mind. Instead, he finally says, we're to be fed to the crocodiles in the nearby Luapula River. Back into the truck and a drive down to the river. Then into an old wooden boat pushed by an outboard motor.
03/19/2014 09:34 EDT
How I Discovered My Old Friend May Have Been a Hired

How I Discovered My Old Friend May Have Been a Hired Killer

It's not every day that you wake up to discover that your old friend might have murdered the prime minister of Sweden. And it's not every day that you learn that the same old friend might also have bombed the Stockholm and London offices of the African National Congress.
03/18/2014 08:49 EDT
Watching the Watchdog: The Best Anchorman in

Watching the Watchdog: The Best Anchorman in Canada

If you're not planning anything of overwhelming importance this evening I invite you to screen a newish, different, pioneering and quite fascinating one-hour news program. It's called Kevin Newman Live and it's on the CTV News Channel weekdays at 9.00 p.m.
01/01/2014 08:17 EST
Watching the Watchdog: Long Walk of Prisoner

Watching the Watchdog: Long Walk of Prisoner #46664

This day in Dublin, Mandela shakes my hand. It's a most peculiar moment. I look into his eyes, he looks into mine, and somehow I know I'm in the presence of sheer, bloody greatness. Not because of what he's done or had done to him, but simply because of who he is.
12/14/2013 11:11 EST
Conrad and RoFo: A Meeting of Outraged

Conrad and RoFo: A Meeting of Outraged Minds

There they sit facing each other in Toronto City Hall -- two very rich men of much more than considerable girth, strangely similar, radiating mutual admiration, screw-you arrogance and otherworldly chutzpah. This odd couple comes together last Monday on Vision's The Zoomer. It's never the widely advertised interview promised, because the Baron doesn't know how to interview. Instead, it's a chat between two obviously misunderstood innocents. So no tough, probing questions from the Baron to the Mayor along the lines of "have you no shame, sir? No decency?"
12/11/2013 05:32 EST
Long Walk of Prisoner #46664 Part 3: Now Cracks a Noble

Long Walk of Prisoner #46664 Part 3: Now Cracks a Noble Heart

For most South Africans, that long walk to freedom Mandela wrote about is on a much longer, stonier and more dangerous road than they ever expected. And it's taking far more time than their well wishers around the world ever predicted. Considering what's happening to his dream of a new, democratic and rainbow nation, maybe it's best that Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela has gone.
12/09/2013 01:57 EST
Long Walk of Prisoner #46664 Part 2:

Long Walk of Prisoner #46664 Part 2: "Viva Mandela!"

It's the eve of the 1994 general election in South Africa -- first democratic election in the nation's 342 years. Nelson Mandela comes to the South African Broadcasting Corporation for an election rally. The black working classes abandon their jobs, flow in a mighty river through the dank corridors to the rally in the basement. No-one with that colour skin has ever before been invited to a South African national election rally, much less been asked for their vote. Mandela speaks slowly, saying words the people gathered here want and need to hear. The beast that is apartheid is dead, he tells the crowd.
12/06/2013 12:41 EST
Long Walk of Prisoner #46664 Part 1: Honouring

Long Walk of Prisoner #46664 Part 1: Honouring Greatness

This day in Dublin, Mandela shakes my hand. It's a most peculiar moment. I look into his eyes, he looks into mine, and somehow I know I'm in the presence of sheer, bloody greatness. Not because of what he's done or had done to him, but simply because of who he is.
12/05/2013 04:53 EST
Watching the Watchdog: Was Rob Ford Really Toronto's

Watching the Watchdog: Was Rob Ford Really Toronto's Watergate?

I go to the Newsana debate in Toronto. Headline for the gathering: <em>"Toronto's Watergate? The inside scoop on how the media exposed Rob Ford."</em> Up there on the platform is a fine balance of newspapers leftish, centreish and rightish. Here are some highlights, condensed and edited.
12/02/2013 05:23 EST
Watching the Watchdog: Would You Hunt and Kill a

Watching the Watchdog: Would You Hunt and Kill a Lion?

Her name's Melissa Bachman. She kills wild animals on American TV for a living. Sometimes with a rifle, sometimes with bow and arrow. Then she killed a full-maned male lion, and posted a picture of herself, cradling her rifle, laughing triumphantly, while the once-magnificent lion sprawled dead at her feet. And all hell broke loose.
11/22/2013 05:11 EST
Watching the Watchdog: Who Will Restore the CBC to its Former

Watching the Watchdog: Who Will Restore the CBC to its Former Glory?

Dear Ms. Heather Conway, In less than two weeks you will be taking over one of the toughest jobs in Canadian broadcasting. Actually, one of the toughest jobs in Canada. Seems you have every qualification necessary to restore the CBC to its former glory as the people's network -- the epitome, the embodiment, of public service.
11/18/2013 05:34 EST
Watching the Watchdog: Why Citizen Bloggers Aren't

Watching the Watchdog: Why Citizen Bloggers Aren't Journalists

Bloggers' contributions can be extremely important to a news story. But before their information can be used it has to be checked by professionals. Only then, only if the information proves to be correct, can it be trusted and used. But times are tough. Newsrooms around the nation are being cut to the bone. Does that mean citizen bloggers who charge nothing are moving in, taking jobs away from the salaried professionals?
10/04/2013 05:42 EDT
Watching the Watchdog: Famed Surveillance Watchdog Warns

Watching the Watchdog: Famed Surveillance Watchdog Warns Canada

William Binney is a man on a mission. He spent nearly 30 years as a top executive in America's super-secret National Security Agency (NSA), now he wants you to know that same spy agency is pushing western democracies -- including Canada -- toward fascism.
09/25/2013 12:30 EDT
Watching the Watchdog: Why Journalists Do What We

Watching the Watchdog: Why Journalists Do What We Do

We journalists have done a lousy job of explaining how we do our jobs, how we practice our craft, to the people we serve. I'm of the opinion that our low ranking in public opinion polls is because we don't even try to tell the people who we are, what we believe in, what we do and why we do it. So allow me to try.
09/15/2013 11:45 EDT
Watching the Watchdog: To Bomb or Not to Bomb, Eh

Watching the Watchdog: To Bomb or Not to Bomb, Eh Obama?

To bomb or not to bomb: that is the question. If that's the question, what's the answer? U.S. President Barack Obama is desperately trying to find that answer now that Syrian president Bashar al-Assad has apparently loosed poison gas on his own people.
09/06/2013 05:32 EDT
Watching the Watchdog: What Keeping an Eye on Cops Can

Watching the Watchdog: What Keeping an Eye on Cops Can Do

You can't watch the police riot at the G20 summit or the killing of Sammy Yatim in the bus on all those smartphones and surveillance cameras without believing that maybe, just maybe, the era of the thin blue line endlessly protecting its own might be ending. Not because the cops have cleaned up their act. But because now they're being watched.
08/30/2013 05:29 EDT
Watching the Watchdog: Meet the Man Who Designs the

Watching the Watchdog: Meet the Man Who Designs the Newspapers.

Tony Sutton is bearded, irascible, opinionated, verbose, profane and loves good writing so much that he runs his own website magazine devoted to publishing some of the best political journalism written today. His magazine is called ColdType. Motto: Writing Worth Reading From Around the World.
08/18/2013 11:16 EDT
Mandela's Death Will Not Be a Traumatic

Mandela's Death Will Not Be a Traumatic Day

Many people outside South Africa think Nelson Mandela is an exception; an aberration. Mandela is not like other black people, they say. This misconception lies at the heart of the paranoia among right-wing South Africans, recently repeated in some foreign media, that when Mandela dies, black people will drop the pretense of the last 20 years and start murdering whites.
08/12/2013 12:12 EDT
Watching the Watchdog: Why Obama Broke America's Addiction to

Watching the Watchdog: Why Obama Broke America's Addiction to War

So why isn't American president Barack Obama supplying arms to Syrian rebels and imposing a no-fly zone there, like he did in Libya? Quite simply, he can't afford it. Even if he wants to. His country has already squandered too much blood and too much treasure on the last two wars.
08/06/2013 12:14 EDT