The Baltimore Sun is hiring a police and courts reporter. "The Baltimore region continues to struggle with the violent crime and rampant drug trade that became fodder for television shows such as 'The Wire' and 'Homicide: Life on the Street,' " an ad for the position reads. Successful candidates will break news while "looking for emerging trends, systemic problems and human interest stories."

I asked former Sun cops reporter David Simon, who created both of the entertainment properties mentioned in the ad, what advice he had for anyone who applied.

"If you get the job, endeavor to stay on the beat for at least five years," Simon wrote in an email. "The first two you won't know what you are doing, the last three, you'll be ready to do some business."

h/t to Rebecca Ritzel for suggesting this post.