• Staff Writer - Members Team - CQ Roll Call

    Job Locations United States-DC-Washington
    ID
    2018-4903
    Function
    Editorial
  • 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.

     

    Currently, CQ Roll Call is seeking an energetic and skilled journalist to join the team that chronicles House and Senate members, their offices, elections and 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 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 experience at a news organization, familiarity with Congress, 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.

     

     

    Accountabilities

    In the role you would be expected to: 

    • Research, write and fact-check biographical and congressional data, elections outcome information, and district information
    • Write clearly and concisely on deadline
    • Monitor events in Congress for changes in biographical information
    • Use established best practices to share information through social media
    • Assist with production duties to ensure timely publication of updates
    • Maintain a strong awareness of congressional politics
    • Write a weekly piece for CQ publication

     

    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
    • Some Congressional experience, preferably on Capitol Hill
    • Strong knowledge of Congress and federal agencies
    • 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
      Adaptability to new technologies
    • Ability to work long hours and meet strict deadlines
    • An aptitude for professional communications in a high-level setting 

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