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Staff Writer - CQ Roll Call

Staff Writer - 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 a reporter who understands Congress and the energy and environmental policy, particularly its laws and regulations. We are looking for a detail-oriented reporter with the ability to analyze developments in Congress and government agencies that affect the energy industry and environment while writing for a legal audience. The preferred candidate will be able to dig out daily regulatory and legislative news relating to energy and environment. The reporter must be comfortable handling complex energy and environmental issues and have experience covering Congress or these topics. An ability to work in a high-paced environment is necessary.  Strong writing and editing skill are required. Please include a cover letter with your resume.




In the role you would be expected to:

  • Master the basics of the energy and environment beat, showing an understanding of the areas you’ll be covering, the various interests that bring pressure to bear on producing or changing policies, and an understanding of how Congress addresses energy and environmental issues.
  • Write spot news stories of varying lengths on a daily basis that are timely, succinct, forward-looking and focused on the interests of a legal audience.
  • Contribute to other parts of CQ, particularly CQ News and also CQ Weekly
  • Recognize the interests and expectations of Westlaw subscribers related to news on energy and the environment.
  • Come up with incisive and relevant story ideas.
  • Demonstrate accuracy and effective writing skills by making sure stories are free of errors, style mistakes, typos or inaccuracies.
  • Maintain contacts with a broad network of sources and provide timely, even-handed and informative news and analysis.
  • Identify the major players on crucial beats and forge relationships with those individuals


Experience, skills and professional attributes

To succeed in the role you must have:  

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience, preferably in an online news environment
  • Proven organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Strong interpersonal communications skills
  • Ability to switch quickly among news priorities
  • Familiarity with the tools used to create compelling graphics and video

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

  • A collaborative work style and the ability to be a team player with other CQ reporters and editors
  • Flexibility and an ability to adapt to change as well as a high degree of accuracy and fairness, as well as correct grammar and spelling
  • A strong work ethic and adaptation to changing news situations, including a willingness to work odd hours when news happens
  • Ability to meet deadlines and ensure that copy is free of misspellings, style errors or mistakes
  • Ability to work with editors to develop story ideas, schedule them and deliver them on time while keeping in close touch with editors about developments on news beat