Committees Reporter

Washington, DC
CQ and Roll Call – Editorial /
Full-time /
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About the Position
This position will work with other members of the Legislative Action reporting team to ensure that CQ’s committee markup coverage is thorough and immediately relevant. Duties related to legislative data and live House and Senate floor coverage will be performed as assigned. This position is within the Editorial department.

About the Legislative Action Team
The Legislative Action Team produces fast, concise and comprehensive descriptions of the legislative proposals debated in congressional committees as well as the House and Senate floors to provide CQ Roll Call’s clients and the newsroom with superior information. Our work offers insight on the people and institutions that influence public policy and legislation, keeping readers updated on a weekly, daily and real-time basis with coverage of every legislative action in Congress via breaking news, bill tracking and member profiles.  

About You 
This position requires exceptional accuracy and attention to detail, the ability to work under pressure and meet firm deadlines, and an understanding of the legislative process. Committees  reporters cover congressional committee action gavel-to-gavel and must be available to work hours largely decided by the congressional schedule.

What To Expect In This Position

    • Write detailed news stories on congressional committee actions on deadline. 
    • Provide detailed and informative analysis of congressional committee actions.  
    • Interpret complex congressional amendments, legislation and procedural actions. 
    • Cultivate relationships with congressional sources and help colleagues do the same.
    • Pitch news stories and maintain a calendar of key dates and events in assigned coverage areas.
    • Backstop and/or collaborate with team members and others in the newsroom on committee markup coverage.
    • Read, summarize and analyze bill text and floor actions; prepare impartial, fact-based bill summaries of *all* measures and amendments that are the subject of floor activity in either chamber for publication or internal newsroom circulation.
    • Master a handful of operational tools, procedures and software systems to maintain CQ’s legislative data and develop a broad understanding of CQ Roll Call databases and legislative tracking products.
    • Balance long hours and an unpredictable congressional schedule while juggling multiple assignments.
    • Work with editors and other reporters to develop reporting, writing and general news-gathering skills; cultivate relationships with congressional and government agency sources for journalistic and document-sourcing purposes.
    • In time, report breaking news from the House and Senate floors and promptly respond to -- and act upon -- newsroom questions or requests for floor information.
    • Perform other duties as assigned and be a team player.

What Sets You Apart

    • Bachelor’s degree in journalism or related field and/or equivalent experience.
    • 2-3 years of reporting within an editorial team of a newspaper or a similar publication or congressional experience.
    • Strong interest in policy, politics and/or procedure.
    • Extensive research, interviewing and writing skills.
    • Ability to write objectively about legislative proposals.
    • Open to accepting constructive criticism and providing feedback.
    • Experience using social media to promote content, develop sources and interview subjects.
    • Ability to adapt and learn new technologies.
    • Ability to adapt to a flexible work schedule, including some extended work hours to meet strict deadlines.
    • Ability to read and summarize drafts of legislation and amendments, drawing relevant context from the U.S. Code and relevant, reliable sources.
    • Experience with large amounts of data entry, proofing and related research.
    • Strong attention to detail and good organizational abilities.
    • Ability to develop sources, gather information and process content consistently with CQ Roll Call’s editorial style and standards.
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About FiscalNote 
FiscalNote (NYSE: NOTE) is a leader in policy and global intelligence. By uniquely combining data, technology, and insights, FiscalNote empowers customers with critical insights and the tools to turn them into action.

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