The Plagues and Me

(Commissioned by and adapted from Tony Sutton’s ColdType website: “Writing Worth Reading From Around the World.”) Dear Friends, Comrades, Colleagues, I know you haven’t asked, but thought I’d get ahead of the curve and report that I’m in great shape, mentally and physically — although approaching my prime with unseemly haste I wake to the thrum and thunder […]

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.

Screw The Inverted Pyramid

This is the third instalment in Tim Knight’s series for The Journalist on the craft of broadcast journalism. His first two were The Business of Social Justice and How to Interview.   “I watched the Morning News, the Noon News and the Late-Night News. I saw the Local News, the National News and the World […]

Storytelling Is Magic

This column originally appeared in the Craft section of the South African website The Journalist.   “People think in terms of stories. They understand the world in terms of stories that they have already understood. New events or problems are understood by reference to old previously understood stories and explained to others by the use […]

Sharpeville Remembered …

    I’m a twenty-two year-old reporter on the Sunday Express, Johannesburg, when police slaughter sixty-nine unarmed children, women and men at a black township outside Johannesburg called Sharpeville. The very name has since become a symbol for the evil that was apartheid. The massacre changes South Africa forever. Journalists’ cameras catch some of the horror of the Sharpeville killings. But the […]

Why Journalists Do What We Do

It’s that extraordinary recent September day when the temperature climbs to 34 degrees and women are still beautiful and flirty and dressed to affect. I’m sitting with a couple of journalists on the roof of Scallywag’s, my favourite Toronto watering hole. We’re disagreeing over Syria and whether Obama loses his mojo by handing Putin a […]

Inside a War Correspondent’s Head

Peter Mansbridge the interviewer, is a lot different from the pedantic, condescending and emotionally distant anchor of The National on your TV screens four nights a week. Having a real person to talk to — instead of a camera to talk at — makes him much more human and, as a consequence, a great deal […]

TV News Is a (White) Man’s World

It’s one of those splendid Toronto evenings when the temperature slithers around 26 celsius and the humidity hits 45 per cent and the women are beautiful and you can’t explain to yourself why you’re going to aCanadian Association of Journalists (CAJ) cheers-with-peers gathering when you could be lounging on some patio drinking cold beer, admiring […]