• Staff Writer, Energy - CQ Roll Call

    Job Locations United States-DC-Washington
  • Introduction

    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 seeks a staff writer to join its Energy, Environment and Transportation Team with expertise in energy issues to cover legislation and policy development, lobbying and politics related to the energy industry.


    The energy beat writer, based in Washington, D.C., will be responsible for covering hearings, bill markups, floor action and other events of interest as stakeholders advance their interests in Congress and throughout the federal government. The beat broadly includes coverage of energy exploration including drilling and mining, refiners, utilities, energy markets and grid operators, and the infrastructure that supports them. The journalist would be required to look beyond the Beltway at trends in state policy, their outcomes and impact on stakeholders. 


    CQ offers the successful candidate a chance to write for our core website, newsletters and magazine, plus contribute to Roll Call, record podcasts, appear as an expert at events and with outside media, and participate in the newsroom's growth initiatives.



    In the role you would be expected to:

    • Track and understand legislation, including appropriations bills that allocate funding to the Department of Energy and other relevant agencies
    • Generate story ideas and analysis for a sophisticated audience that includes government, corporations, associations and trade groups
    • Develop sources on and off Capitol Hill, including in trade groups and lobbying shops

    Experience, skills and professional attributes

    To succeed in the role you must have: 

    • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience
    • Attention to detail, industry knowledge and the ability to create and interpret data for trend stories are a must
    • At least five years of experience covering Congress or energy, and demonstrate an ability to mine legislation, lobbying and campaign spending reports, and regulatory filings for incisive stories that connect the dots
    • Strong writing and reporting skills; sources in the industry, K Street and federal agencies; and experience in breaking stories.
    • Applicants should be able to write clearly and quickly 
    • Applicants should be able to write spot news as well as features and longer-form analysis, including data-driven stories; amplify their work on social media, and demonstrate an ability to raise the newsroom’s profile and reach


    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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