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.
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.
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On Nelson Mandela
Excerpt from the article Long Walk of Prisoner #46664 (Part 1):
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:
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.
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