• Staff Writer, Tax - 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 Roll Call seeks an ambitious tax reporter with demonstrated ability to develop sources on and off Capitol Hill and in the Executive Branch, including the Treasury Department. This person would be capable of mining data and dissecting complex topics including the federal budget and entitlement programs. The person would point our coverage forward with compelling stories written for the array of CQ Roll Call digital and print products. The ideal candidate will have experience working with federal agency data sets, a strong analytic bent and an ability to boil down complex subjects into bright, readable copy. Experience covering Congress and understanding of tax policy is a must. Familiarity with Treasury and the IRS, as well as the congressional budget process, is a plus.





    In the role you would be expected to:


    • Understand how legislation moves through Congress and the federal budget process, have familiarity with Treasury Department and IRS regulations and fiscal policy generally
    • Develop a deep and thorough understanding of policy in a given beat or beats as well as the key players on all sides, the politics and the stakeholders’ interests
    • Regularly contribute newsy items to CQ and Roll Call products
    • Write spot news stories of varying lengths that are timely, interesting, succinct and forward-looking
    • Write substantial, long-term enterprise stories that use data to reveal new aspects of policy or analyze the impact of policy
    • Regularly contribute to other special projects such as topic pages, briefing papers and Member profiles
    • Cover relevant markups and contribute to CQ’s extensive legislative tracking tools
    • Recognize the interests and expectations of CQ clients and subscribers
    • Come up with incisive story ideas as well as review copy before turning it in to be sure it is 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
    • Amplify your work and CQ Roll Call through social media, podcasts, TV and corporate events
    • Identify the major players on crucial beats and forging relationships with those individuals

    Experience, skills and professional attributes

    To succeed in the role you must have: 

    • Bachelor’s degree
    • At least five years of equivalent work experience, preferably in an online news environment covering Congress
    • Proven organizational skills and attention to detail
    • Strong interpersonal communications skills
    • Ability to switch quickly among news priorities
    • Familiarity with the tools used to analyze data sets and 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 a willingness to adapt to changing news situations, including 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



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