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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.


Roll Call is seeking a staff writer who understands Congress.
We are looking for a detail-oriented reporter with the ability to break news, analyze developments in Congress and its related agencies and communicate it clearly through clear writing.
The preferred candidate will be able to dig out daily and enterprise news relating to both chambers of Congress as an institution, particularly related to ethics, security and compliance with workplace and legal requirements affecting members and staff.
Must be comfortable developing deep sourcing in hard-to-crack institutions such as the Ethics committees, Office of Congressional Ethics, Sergeant-at-Arms, Chief Administrative Officer, Office of Compliance and Architect of the Capitol.
An ability to work in a high-paced environment is necessary. Strong writing and editing skill are required.





In the role you would be expected to:


  • Develop and write timely stories within deadlines
  • Cultivate and maintain news sources and monitor developments in the news
  • Identify photographs and graphics to illustrate stories
  • Budget stories and maintain calendar of key dates and events in assigned coverage areas

Experience, skills and professional attributes


To succeed in the role you must have:  

  •  Bachelor’s degree in journalism or related field
  •  Experience with a newspaper or a similar publication
  •  Multimedia skills


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

  • 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 Roll Call
  • Ability to adapt to new technologies
  • Ability to work long hours and meet strict deadlines


Please include a cover letter with your resume.