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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: The Scary Truth About Senior Abuse

Last Sunday's edition of W5, titled "Crisis in Care" and anchored by the hugely experienced Sandie Rinaldo was very, very scary. Violent confrontations between seniors in day care, she says, "are now commonplace." "Crisis in Care" concentrates on two examples.
02/26/2013 12:23 EST

Watching the Watchdog: Does The National Need a Shake-Up?

Rick Salutin is a journalist, novelist, playwright and critic who's made a writer's living in and around Toronto for some 40 years. He recently wrote a column about Peter Mansbridge, anchor of CBC's flagship news program The National. It wasn't a flattering column.
02/20/2013 05:24 EST

Watching the Watchdog: Obama's Been Playing the Part Too Long

This week, in his fifth State of the Union address, Obama showed every sign of no longer believing in his words. He was Hamlet, unable to make up his mind, over-trained and over-rehearsed. This Obama speech was so flat, so monotonous, so uninteresting. But Florida Senator Marco Rubio had been carefully chosen by the Republican Party bigwigs to offer the party's answer to Obama. The Republicans must be insane.
02/15/2013 06:07 EST

Watching the Watchdog: The Separation of Church and Journalism

Good journalists, almost uniquely in our workplace culture, are independent operators and thinkers who don't write stories to fit in with the philosophies of their bosses. I'm reminded of this by coverage of the resignation of Benedict XVl, the 266th Pope of Rome.
02/13/2013 05:41 EST

Watching the Watchdog: What Should Democracy Look Like?

Everyone seems to agree that democracy -- "a form of government in which all eligible citizens have an equal say in the decisions that affect their lives" -- is a good thing. But there's little agreement on which form of democracy is the best good thing.
02/10/2013 04:06 EST

Watching the Watchdog: Democracy Is Lost in Translation

The charitable parliamentary watchdog group Samara's latest report comes out this week and is almost as depressing. It analyzes close to six month's worth of parliamentary transcripts to find out if our 308 MPs have actually been discussing those matters like they're supposed to. Have they?
02/04/2013 05:44 EST

Watching the Watchdog: Dear White People in Canada

At the start of this year, a newspaper in Johannesburg published a column that sparked heated reaction from South Africans, white and black. What happens when you compare some of the column's charges against white settlers in South Africa with Aboriginal charges against white settlers in Canada?
02/01/2013 05:11 EST

Watching the Watchdog: Kathleen Wynne for the Speechwriting Win

I coach people on how to write and deliver power speeches. The sort of speeches that touch human emotions and hold audiences in their seats. You did all that Saturday morning while running for that most undesirable of jobs -- Liberal premier of Ontario.
01/28/2013 12:31 EST
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Watching the Watchdog: Obama Has a Dream

Tim Knight writes the regular media column, Watching the Watchdog, for HuffPost Canada. Two hundred and thirty-seven years ago the people of the United States issued their ringing Declaration of Indep...
01/22/2013 08:03 EST

Don't Ignore the Red Brigades!

The official report on yesterday's top-level meeting concerning treaties signed between the Crown and and First Nations has been released. The first matter before the meeting, according to the sources, was this week's decision by the United Nations to offer peacekeeping troops to help contain and put down the First Nations' uprising, known as the Red Brigades.
01/14/2013 12:11 EST

Watching the Watchdog: My Brush With Richard Nixon

Richard Milhaus Nixon, 37th President of the United States, Leader of the Free World, walks out the White House all alone, between the ranks of the guard of honour, along the red carpet to stand at the top of the steps. He's maybe five feet from me.
01/11/2013 05:08 EST

Watching the Watchdog: Supporting Idle No More is a No-Brainer

Centuries of racism and neglect have spawned a righteous anger amongst Canada's native people. The Idle No More protesters are simply asking that we respect the treaties signed with our First Nations. Damned if I can see how any Canadian can be against keeping our promises to the people who were here first.
01/07/2013 10:06 EST

Are Women Taking Over Canada's First Nations?

Everyone here knows that the women who started the movement on that small Saskatchewan reserve 3,000 kilometres to the west of here have had to slap down Canada's chiefs -- mostly male -- who tried to take over leadership once it hit the headlines. Could it be that women are finally, in desperation, taking over leadership of the First Nations?
01/03/2013 08:11 EST

Those Smiling Cuban Faces Really Get to Me

Cubans can't stop smiling. Their average wage is $20 a month, they can get locked up for saying impolite things about their government, yet they can't stop smiling. The Northerners at the bar and around the pool and at the beach don't smile. It's the contrast that gets to you. It's the faces.
12/31/2012 04:58 EST

Watching the Watchdog: This Aboriginal Revolt is For Real

Canada is guilty of one of the most elemental colonial sins: trying to destroy aboriginal culture and assimilate aboriginal people. That's why Chief Theresa Spence's hunger strike matters. This time, our first peoples won't be placated with an apology in parliament, This time, the revolt is for real.
12/21/2012 05:29 EST

Watching the Watchdog: How a Story Should Be Told

When a reporter approaches me about a column I wrote on the lack of storytelling in T.V. journalism, I have some explaining to do. "Want to know why broadcast news still starts so many stories at the end ... tells you effect before cause ... is so hard to understand ... to remember?" "Sure," she says. "Let me tell you a story ..."
12/18/2012 05:42 EST
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Watching the Watchdog: Don't Just Rely on Social Media

There's a notion abroad in this fair and frozen land -- particularly among the young -- that we don't really need general interest news organizations (known condescendingly to many as "the mainstream media"). Somehow, many of us have been persuaded that social media alone can keep us up-to-date and fully informed. Utter bullshit.
12/14/2012 08:22 EST

Watching the Watchdog: Telling Them Who's Boss

It's not often that I get to publicly tell three of the big bosses of Canada's main TV news networks that too many of their journalists are lousy storytellers. And have the bosses listen. And even (more or less) agree.
12/07/2012 05:18 EST