#Shortreads for March 25: Sarasota Herald-Tribune Job Posting, by Matthew Doig

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March 25 2011 2:05 PM

#Shortreads for March 25: Sarasota Herald-Tribune Job Posting, by Matthew Doig

Thanks to Web sites like  Longform.org  and  Longreads.com , the Twitterhashtag #longreads , and the popularity of mobile apps like Instapaperand ReadItLater, it's easier than ever to find and celebrate excellent,deeply-reported, expansive pieces of nonfiction writing. But who's calling readers' attention to the beautifully brief andthe perfectly pithy? That's why Slate   has inaugurated a new weekly feature, #Shortreads. Every Friday, we'llpick our favorite piece of writing from the prior week that has fewer than1,000 words.

This week's #Shortreads selection:   Matthew Doig's hilariousand inspiring want ad for reporters to join the investigative team at the Sarasota Herald-Tribune . It's not only anunconventional love letter to Florida and a cride coeur for old-fashioned, nose-to-the-grindstone reporting (which may be whyit's proved so popularwith journalists ), it's also got a masterful sense of rhythm. It might justinspire you to pack up and move to the land of "corruption, violence andscumbaggery" yourself.

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Thanks to MotherJones for bringing this gem to our attention.

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Nina Shen Rastogi is a writer and editor, and is also the vice president for content at Figment.

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