Kit Seelye is giving up the media beat to cover politics for the upgrading New York Times website. Gawker has the newsroom memo:
It is a new role not just for her, but for The Times. And in choosing Kit, we are sending a signal to anyone who had any lingering doubt that the Web is absolutely central to our coverage of the 2008 campaign.
As the first person to hold the job, Kit will help define it. But the basic idea is clear: To have a political correspondent whose first priority is the Web. She will do everything from original reporting -- to capture a moment, tease out a subtext, spotlight a person -- to writing analyses and political memos. She will help us keep on top of breaking stories and look for things we can do on the Web that we can't do in print, like real-time blogging during debates.