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Staff Writer - Immigration/Homeland Security - CQ Roll Call

Staff Writer - Immigration/Homeland Security - CQ Roll Call

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United States-DC-Washington

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Washington’s CQ Roll Call brings up-to-date news, analysis and insights to senior decision-makers on Capitol Hill.  This trusted source of unbiased, impartial information provides authoritative, nonpartisan and accurate congressional news and legislative tracking tools to its subscribers. Through more than 40 print and online products, CQ Roll Call keeps readers updated on a weekly, daily and real-time basis covering every legislative action in Congress with breaking news, bill tracking, and member profiles and offers insight on the people and institutions that influence public policy and legislation.   


CQ Roll Call’s parent, The Economist Group, is the leading source of analysis on international business and world affairs. The brands are bound together by their objective opinion, original insight and advocacy of economic, political and democratic freedom around the world.


CQ Roll Call is seeking an energetic and skilled reporter to cover immigration and homeland security. The ideal candidate will be highly organized and offer a deep knowledge of congressional politics, procedure, budget and policy. Accuracy and non-partisanship are foundational. Strong collaboration is a must, as the candidate would work daily with CQ Roll Call’s team of reporters and editors to produce excellent content for our newsletter, website, mobile app and other products, including analysis for a legal audience. The preferred candidate will be able to write daily regulatory and legislative news relating to immigration law, as well as breaking news as needed on homeland security and emergency management topics as they develop in Congress.  The candidate should show the energy and determination to provide accurate, clear, fast and smart news on multiple platforms. Applicants should have at least two yearsexperience at a major news organization, a commitment to strong, watchdog coverage of policy making in Washington, and the ability to convey sometimes complicated information in a clear and lively manner.




In the role you would be expected to:


  • Build a network of sources on and off Capitol Hill and share them with colleagues
  • Break news and quickly update moving stories, following developments sometimes for long hours
  • Write clearly and concisely on deadline
  • Write at least two stories a day for a legal and regulatory audience, as well as breaking news stories and longer-deadline, deeper trend and personality stories.
  • Write clearly and concisely on deadlines, and meet those deadlines with the highest standards of accuracy
  • Use established best practices to ensure stories meet SEO minimum standards
  • Use established best practices to share their stories and those of colleagues through social media
  • Work with the graphics team on data visualization to go with stories or tell the story through interactives
  • Coordinate with editors and the photo team so that stories are illustrated
  • Assist with minor production duties
  • Work nights and weekends when the beat requires it

Experience, skills and professional attributes

To succeed in the role you must have:  


  • Bachelors’ degree or equivalent in journalism, English, political or government studies, or other relevant disciplines
  • Two years’ experience reporting experience in Washington and Capitol Hill
  • Strong knowledge of Congress, immigration and homeland security policies
  • Source development
  • Strong knowledge of members of Congress
  • Willingness to work weekends and evenings as needed


To succeed in the role you will be able to demonstrate:


  • High-level researching, interviewing and writing skills
  • Ability to use social media to promote content, develop sources and interview subjects
  • Ability to do media appearances to promote work and CQ Roll Call
  • Adaptability to new technologies
  • Ability to work long hours and meet strict deadlines