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Staff Writer - Members Team - CQ Roll Call

Staff Writer - Members Team - 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.


Currently, CQ Roll Call is seeking an energetic and skilled journalist to join the team that chronicles House and Senate members, their offices, and their biographies. The ideal candidate will be highly organized and offer a strong knowledge of congressional structure and process. Experience in congressional office organization and function, and especially personal and committee staff roles would be a plus for the successful applicant. Strong collaboration is a must, as the candidate would work daily with CQ Roll Call’s team of reporters, editors and researchers to produce excellent content for our newsletter, website, mobile app and other products.  


The candidate will have demonstrated the energy and determination to provide accurate, clear, fast and smart news on multiple platforms. Applicants should have at least two years experience at a 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 and update news from the beat
  • Write clearly and concisely on deadline
  • Write breaking stories and longer-deadline, deeper trend and personality stories
  • Meet deadlines and 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 and federal agencies
  • 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