The Free Marketplace of Ideas

In early 2015, Knight is sent by The Journalist to cover an attempted military coup in Lesotho. While waiting for official documents to enable him to return to South Africa and avoid jail, he’s invited by Limkokwing University to lecture to its students on The Free Marketplace of Ideas. Here’s a rough-cut of parts of the workshop.

Read Knight’s article on his Lesotho assignment here.

Saving the Soul of TV Journalism

Later in 2015, 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,” says Ana Sevillano, the conference interpreter.


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

He’s coached thousands of communicators in hundreds of workshops in a dozen countries.

He’s worked for three newspapers, Zambia TV, United Press International in Congo (three years and two wars) and ABC, NBC and PBS out of New York.

For 10 years, he was Executive Producer and Lead Trainer for all the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s TV journalists.

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

For two years, ending in 2014, he wrote the weekly front page media column, Watching the Watchdog, for Huffington Post, Canada.

In May, 2014, he led his second storytelling workshop for Canada’s Aboriginal People’s TV Network.

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

In June, 2015, in Madrid,  he delivered two 4-hour seminars on Saving the Soul of TV Journalism at Spain’s public television network, TVE.

Knight is currently Story Editor and Consultant on a Canadian TV documentary series on international freelance  journalists. He is also Associate Producer and Script Consultant on The Keeper of the Kumm, a South African play and film about the search for Khoi-San identity.

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 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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