Free Marketplace of Ideas

In 2015, Knight is sent by The Journalist to cover the attempted military coup in Lesotho. While there, he’s invited by Limkokwing University to lecture on The Free Marketplace of Ideas. Here’s a rough-cut of parts of the workshop.

“The great thing was that there was a healthy debate amongst … students and lecturers after your lecture. It really shook the waters in a good way.”

Kaizer Matsumunyane, filmmaker/lecturer

Read Knight’s article on his Lesotho assignment here.

Saving the Soul of TV Journalism

Knight delivers two 4-hour seminars on Saving the Soul of TV Journalism (aka “Screw the Inverted Pyramid”) at Spain’s public broadcaster, TVE, in Madrid. Here are some rough-cut excerpts from the first session.

“How privileged I feel for having been the vehicle to convey your much needed message to my fellow Spaniards” 

Ana Sevillano, conference interpreter.

Executive Producer Tim Knight is an Emmy and Sigma Delta Chi-winning international journalist, film-maker, writer, public speaker and communications coach.

Thousands of communicators in hundreds of workshops in a dozen countries have benefited from his workshops.

Knight started his career working as a reporter for three newspapers in South Africa, including the Rand Daily Mail. When it became necessary for him to leave apartheid South Africa, he moved to Zambia TV then United Press International in Congo (three years and two wars).

He ended up working in New York for 10 years as Writer/Reporter/Producer at ABC, NBC and eventually PBS.

He moved to Canada and for 10 years was Executive Producer and Lead Trainer for all Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s (CBC) TV journalists.

Starting in 1993, he led teams of CBC journalism trainers (first secretly, then openly) tasked with turning the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) from fascist state broadcaster to democratic public broadcaster and training SABC journalists to cover the 1994 election freely and fairly.

Knight’s three 1-hour documentaries on threatened South African wildlife, Inside Noah’s Ark, shot in Pilanesberg National Park and Tswalu Kalahari Reserve, were broadcast on Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, PBS and 13 international channels.

For two years he wrote the weekly front page media column, Watching the Watchdog, for Huffington Post, Canada. And twice he led storytelling workshops for Canada’s Aboriginal People’s TV Network.

In 2014, he emigrated from Toronto, Canada, to Cape Town, South Africa

That same year he covered the attempted military coup in Lesotho as Foreign Correspondent for The Journalist.

In 2015 he was Story Editor on Striking A Chord — three VIA – Vision in Africa documentaries broadcast by the (SABC). One of the three, Emo Adams — Tall, Dark & Afrikaans, was nominated for Best Documentary and Best Direction by SAFTA, the South African Film and Television Awards.

That same year, in Madrid, he delivered two 4-hour seminars on Saving the Soul of TV Journalism at Spain’s public television network, TVE.

In 2016, he was commissioned by the Institute for the Advancement of Journalism to train SABC Radio producers and interviewers in Advanced Interviewing Skills.

He was Story Editor and Consultant on CO.ZA, a TV travel show on South Africa’s Media24.  And Associate Producer and Script Consultant on Sylvia Vollenhoven’s The Keeper of the Kumm, a play and film about the search for Khoi-San identity.

His latest project is Creative Director and Writer for a proposed new South African general purpose TV channel, scheduled to start in 2019.

Tim Knight + Associates coaches broadcast journalists in communication; storytelling, story structure, writing, interviewing and performance.

But it doesn’t matter who you are or what you do — journalist, politician, businessperson, professional, salesperson, police officer, public speaker, student or anything else — we can help you get your message across.

We’re here to help you communicate. 

On Nelson Mandela

Excerpt from the article Long Walk of Prisoner #46664 (Part 1):

Tim Knight with Nelson Mandela at the former South African President’s 83rd birthday celebration, Johannesburg, July 18, 2001 The picture was taken outside the house where Mandela died last week.

Tim Knight with Nelson Mandela at Madiba’s 83rd birthday celebration, Johannesburg, July 18, 2001.

This day in Dublin, Nelson 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.

I know instinctively that he’s a better man than me.

I want to follow him.


Read Tim Knight’s articles on Nelson Mandela:

• Mandela’s Death Will Not Be a Traumatic Day

• Long Walk of Prisoner #46664 (Part 1)

• Long Walk of Prisoner #46664 (Part 2)

• Long Walk of Prisoner #46664 (Part 3)

Tim’s book on communications, Storytelling and the Anima Factor, is now in its second edition.

His latest documentary series Inside Noah’s Ark is available on Amazon.

What Are They Saying?

We’re very good at what we do.  Don’t take our word for it.  Here’s what just four of our thousands of colleagues and clients have to say:

“Tim’s famous book on television journalism, Storytelling and the Anima Factor, continues to be an important foundation for us. This country will benefit immeasurably from his expertise if we have him living permanently here.”
Joe Thloloe Press Ombudsman Executive Director Press Council of South Africa
“He helped us understand, respect and embrace our enormous responsibility. He also helped us see that — like our leaders — we were required to be nothing else but servants of the people. More than once, journalists wept at the end of training sessions.”
Sylvia Vollenhoven Managing Director VIA — Vision in Africa
“The wisdom and knowledge we got from Tim motivated us to feel that we really can do the best programs in Finland (or Europe). He is the best trainer we can imagine.”
Peppi Kajanne Executive Producer MTV, Finland
“I use your techniques every day and they have been key to my success in the world of TV …I’m not exaggerating when I say the course was worth a case of Chateau Lafite 1975 at least.”
Norm Bolen Former Executive Vice President, Programming Alliance Atlantis Communications Former Head of CBC TV Current Affairs
Read many more testimonials about Tim Knight + Associates’ professional development services here

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