Dan Farber, the dean of tech journalists, has announced he will become editor in chief of CNET. He said there will be no more posts for him at his popular Between the Lines, ZDnet blog column.
It would embarrass Dan if I stated how highly I regard him. He's fierce as a reporter but kind as a human. He keeps secrets when asked, yet he's transparent about himself.
CNET was once the disruptor in terms of online reporting. But that was an earlier phase. I follow many members of the ZDNET team, but other than that I've pretty much forgotten about CNET itself. Dan knows news. He knows reporting and he understands social media as well as anyone. He also understands the information that the enterprise hungers for.
I expect to see no abrupt changes at CNET. But I expect to see a steady string of improvements. I also hope Dan finds time to come back to his blog column.
Mazel Tov, Dan.