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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.
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Watching the Watchdog: Save CBC, Kill The National

Taking such a drastic step -- killing the CBC's once-revered flagship program -- will signal to the world, the country and CBC employees in all departments that there's a new day, a new public broadcaster in Canada. This would be better than cutting innovate shows like Connect with Mark Kelley and Dispatches.
04/11/2012 05:16 EDT

CBC Cuts Produce -- Surprise! -- Good Programming

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.
04/09/2012 03:43 EDT

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

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.
04/05/2012 06:31 EDT

Watching the Watchdog: Sun TV's Right vs. Left Jabs on Brazeau/Trudeau Fight

But apart from some perfunctory, conventional stuff in the daytime, Sun T.V. doesn't do news. Instead, it does reality TV and the scripted plot is -- only far right-wing politics can save Canada and yes, the world. Sun TV is a conscious conspiracy to destroy traditional ethical journalism in our democracy and replace it with reality TV based entirely on far right-wing fantasy.
04/03/2012 12:19 EDT

Watching the Watchdog: Here's How the CBC can Survive the Cuts

By now, you know most of the gory details of the damage. Ten per cent cut to the CBC. Blood on the floor. From some, wails of anguish. From others, roars of applause. The time of the great networks is over. The Internet and social media have won. But old media can save itself through storytelling.
03/30/2012 01:01 EDT
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Why CBC Budget Cuts May Yield Better News

If the CBC budget is cut by 10 per cent on Thursday, a frightening future faces Canada's only national public service broadcaster. Quality will drop everywhere. But it would also be a chance for the CBC to re-think its entire approach to news.
03/28/2012 08:01 EDT

Watching the Watchdog: CBC Got Its Mojo Back at NDP Convention

For broadcast journalists, covering a party convention is the ultimate challenge. Adrenaline surges. Competition is fierce. Reputations are made and lost. At the NDP convention this weekend Mansbridge covered politics. And relished it. And chewed it up and spat it out.
03/26/2012 10:50 EDT

Watching the Watchdog: It's Never Better to Fake it

My column last Monday called out the CBC for using staged shots and one of the reporters e-mailed me objecting. My point was simply that the shots looked staged. For the camera. In fact, those two people actually were pretending to listen to their phones. Which detracted from the integrity of the story.
03/23/2012 07:20 EDT

Watching the Watchdog: CBC's Going Down Without a Fight

In the face of this threat, like any other organization struggling to survive, the CBC should be producing excellence. Instead, it keeps pumping out notably mediocre entertainment. And The National, rather than getting better and better at informing and enlightening Canadians, which is what it's supposed to do, keeps screwing up.
03/19/2012 05:12 EDT

Watching the Watchdog: Daily Planet Fails in the Name of Science

But today's young people aren't fools, particularly when it comes to science. Hosts Ziya Tong and Dan Riskin serve the young (and the rest of us) badly. They're both attractive and presumably intelligent. Their version of Daily Planet isn't either.
03/16/2012 03:36 EDT

Watching the Watchdog: Is Kony 2012 for Real -- or Brilliant Propaganda?

Along the way, we're constantly reminded of the film's blatant focus -- arrest the Kony monster, save the children. No subtlety here. Jason Russell's own cute four-year-old son Gavin co-stars with his father. The kid doesn't advance the story himself, he's simply a powerful device to pull at every heartstring in every viewer.
03/14/2012 12:05 EDT

Watching the Watchdog: CBC Proves Broadcasters are Human

Kimberly Gale used to live near the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear plant that part-melted down a year ago. She just talks to the camera, sometimes her words covered with quake footage. No script. Just Gale. And somehow, because she's thinking aloud and not merely reading, her report captures a little of the human meaning of the tragedy.
03/12/2012 05:48 EDT

Watching the Watchdog: The Sun Also Confuses

Today I hit the Sun News website looking for yesterday's other shows. But I couldn't find any. I admit I'm no techno-geek. So maybe it's my fault I couldn't find screenable archives. Best I could do was find previews of "stories we're working on right now." If someone from Sun would care to contact me, steer me towards anything it considers a flagship news show, I would be pathetically grateful.
03/11/2012 09:27 EDT

Watching the Watchdog: Global News and Why We're Just Too Good for You

Want to know why -- once a news broadcast is over -- you can seldom remember a lot of what the T.V. and radio news anchors and reporters have just told you? It's not your fault. It's because most of them do a lousy job. Almost all broadcast journalists secretly believe that their real selves, their real personas, are inadequate for air.
03/09/2012 05:47 EST

Watching the Watchdog: CTV Bests CBC on National News

Compared to CBC's The National, CTV offers a cleaner, neater, tighter, better paced, and better-written news program. Even so, there's too much narrating over edits and when that's done, we stop listening to the words for a moment.
03/08/2012 05:24 EST
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Watching the Watchdog: Snoozing Through "The National"

With a federal budget coming down in just three weeks, Peter Mansbridge asks the Bottom Line panelists, "What's so bad about running a deficit?" Nearly 20 minutes later, I still haven't a clue. Only bright point is that Mansbridge suddenly becomes a lot more human now he can talk to real people.
03/07/2012 05:33 EST
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TV News Reaches Tipping Point: Mortally Ill or Worth Saving?

Kai Nagata: Journalists are people you trust to experience something you don't have time to check out yourself. They are also fallible human beings, with their own assumptions. This is only a problem if they're not fair, or accurate. TV news is already a "fantasy world." It absolutely works to confirm "existing biases."
09/15/2011 03:23 EDT