• Assistant Editor, CQ Now - CQ Roll Call

    Job Locations United States-DC-Washington
  • Introduction

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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 is seeking an assistant editor for CQNow, our live news desk. The multifaceted duties include writing the Morning Briefing newsletter, general assignment reporting, digital production and some copy editing. 


    We are looking for a candidate with a good understanding of policy and the legislative process. The preferred candidate would excel at varied tasks – involving writing, editing and production -- while under deadline pressure amid fast-changing events. 



    In the role you would be expected to:


    • Develop and write the next day’s Morning Briefing, CQ's popular 5 a.m. newsletter 
    • Report, when assigned, on Capitol Hill hearings, markups and other events for CQ products
    • Write and post tweets geared toward CQ’s policy-focused audience
    • Process and post government documents related to CQ's coverage
    • Write and/or edit real-time news items that appear on the CQ home page
    • Regularly start work in the early afternoon, continuing into the late evening, and other hours as needed. Occasional weekend work is involved if Congress is in session




    Experience, skills and professional attributes

    To succeed in the role you must have:

    • A bachelor’s degree in journalism or related field
    • At least two years of experience at a daily or digital news organization or similar publication
    • A good general knowledge of Congress, policy and the legislative process
    • The ability to write in a concise, approachable, neutral way about complicated topics
    • The news judgment to determine the next day’s top anticipated events in Congress
    • The ability to research and write original content for Morning Briefing
    • The ability to adapt already-published CQ content for the Morning Briefing audience
    • A good understanding of Twitter and other social media

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

    • The ability to code documents with proper metadata
    • The ability to work from multiple locations (the office, the Hill, etc.), often in the same day
    • The ability to, when necessary, troubleshoot and log technical issues
    • The ability to follow in-house and Associated Press style
    • The ability to shift quickly between tasks and juggle competing priorities
    • The ability to work long hours and meet strict deadlines



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