From the blog of Khoi Vinh, some job specs for NY Times designers, including this one:
This person will help develop new areas of NYTimes.com with a special focus on producing customized weblogs. He/she will also be providing design and coding help as necessary for prototypes and to improve the NYTimes.com user experience. A thorough knowledge of weblog publishing software, especially WordPress, is required.
Very interesting, of course. I wonder what “customized weblogs” might look like? Also, it sounds to me as though NY Times is gearing up for some fundamental design changes and, most interestingly, starting to think of itself as a place where good design and usability is central. Will watch with interest.