We stumbled upon local TV veteran Tom Petner’s newish website, the247newsroom.com. Petner used to be the editor at TVSpy.com (TVSpy of course just announced that they’re part of TV Newser/MediaBistro/etc.), wrote for NewsPro and TVNewsCheck, and before that, worked in the newsrooms at WCBS New York, WCAU Philadelphia, and others.
“News is more than a career,” goes the new site’s tagline, “it’s a 24/7 lifestyle.”
Writes Petner in his introductory note:
If you’re like many in our newsrooms, your job is more than a career, it’s an all-consuming lifestyle from the market where you live to your circle of friends, your decision-making and how you view world events. I hope what you find in the247newsroom will deal realistically with those lifestyle demands and the pressing issues facing today’s broadcast newsrooms. I will strive to make the content timely, without the name calling, put downs and bad mouthing about our business. While I believe there are many things wrong in the broadcast industry and our newsrooms, local news is far from dead - it’s changing. My hope is that the247newsroom will help you stay ahead of the curve and keep you informed about the changes and trends.