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Listing Description

Thank you for your interest in this position with CQ Roll Call, a wholly-owned subsidiary of FiscalNote. The recruitment for this role is being managed by FiscalNote's Recruiting team (parent company), so you are in the right place! Please continue to review this opportunity and apply at your interest. We are excited to review your background. Thank you!

About the Position
CQ Roll Call seeks an experienced, versatile and motivated journalist to join a team of reporters covering defense and national security issues. This is a role for someone who can generate distinctive coverage of defense policy and spending through the lenses of Congress and the Pentagon for a sophisticated audience. The ideal candidate has excellent news judgment, superior writing and reporting skills, and a strong record of breaking news and developing sources. You can connect the dots between policies, politics and people, and can balance spot news and unique enterprise. Experience covering defense and/or Congress strongly preferred. 

About the CQ Roll Call Team
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 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. 

Application requirements
All applicants must submit five (5) published writing samples from newspapers, news websites or news magazines that demonstrate reporting and writing ability. When submitting stories, please include a note about your work: What sets it apart from other coverage? What does it illustrate about your approach to journalism? The work samples can be uploaded as documents or provided as direct links that are not password-protected. 

What to Expect in this Position:
  • Producing daily and enterprise stories as part of a three-person team
  • Thriving in a fast-paced, subscriber-focused newsroom where journalism is produced for two websites, a newspaper that publishes when Congress is in session, and dozens of newsletters in front of and behind a paywall
  • Contributing to CQ Defense, a subscription newsletter that publishes weekdays when Congress is in session
  • Contributing to legislative tracking (coverage of markups and vote entry) on all major legislation and nominations. You will work in tandem with the Legislative Research and Committees teams on coverage of the annual defense policy bill, known as the NDAA, as it moves through both chambers to the president’s desk. Coverage also includes the Defense and Military Construction-VA appropriations bills
  • Staying on top of developments about defense and national security in all branches of government, especially the work of the congressional committees with jurisdiction over the Defense Department. The subjects include contracting, counterterrorism, intelligence, national security infrastructure, homeland security, the U.S. military and National Guard, among others
  • Collaborating with the Multimedia team on visuals, graphics, audio and other storytelling forms to enhance your reporting 
  • Writing profile stories about members of Congress on the Armed Services committees, and other lawmakers and congressional candidates that feed CQ’s Guide to the New Congress and other products about members
  • Participating in webinars and other corporate activities to amplify your journalism

  • What Sets You Apart:
  • 5+ years of experience as a reporter at newspapers, news websites, magazines, wire services and other news outlets. Experience in Washington, D.C., for a subscription news outlet, wire service or news bureau covering defense, national security and military topics is strongly recommended
  • An ability to find new, creative ways to scrutinize the intersection between Congress and the Pentagon
  • A college degree is helpful but not essential. Equivalent, relevant work experience is what matters
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills and mastery of AP style
  • Strong understanding of defense and national security and the ability to convey your passion for the subject to readers
  • A commitment to the journalistic values of accuracy, objectivity, fairness and editorial independence.
  • Reference ID: #LI-DP1  #LI-remote

    About FiscalNote 
    FiscalNote is the premier information services company focused on global policy and market intelligence. By combining AI technology, expert analysis, and legislative, regulatory, and geopolitical data, FiscalNote is reinventing the way that organizations minimize risk and capitalize on opportunity.

    Home to CQ, Roll Call, Oxford Analytica, and VoterVoice, FiscalNote empowers more than 5,000 clients worldwide to monitor, manage, and act on the issues that matter most to them. To learn more about FiscalNote and its family of brands, visit and follow @FiscalNote. 

    At FiscalNote, we Lead with Values
    Know your Audience ∙ Find the Truth ∙ Drive Alignment ∙ Level Up ∙ Own the Job ∙ Bias for Action ∙ Support the Family 

    About Reporting at CQ Roll Call
    CQ Roll Call is dedicated to providing nonpartisan news, in-depth analysis and legislative tracking about Congress, the administration and federal agencies. CQ, founded in 1945 as Congressional Quarterly, delivers to subscribers actionable intelligence from the House and Senate floor, committees and congressional hearings. CQ journalists and analysts take you behind the scenes of policymaking with a focus on how legislation is shaped, key players, the political motivations driving the debate, and how the process affects your interests. Our products and services include an award-winning magazine, topic-specific newsletters, transcripts, government documents, and committee and floor votes. Roll Call, founded in 1955, is known for its objective coverage of the people, politics, and personalities of Capitol Hill. We serve as an integral part of FiscalNote’s mission to connect people around the world to their government.

    FiscalNote is continuing to hire new talent, with all interviewing and on-boarding done virtually due to COVID-19.  New team members, along with our current staff, will temporarily work remotely (unless communicated otherwise).  

    If your background and experience align with the competencies above, we encourage you to apply so that we can review your experience and learn more about how you can add to FiscalNote’s growth and success.

    Company Benefits
    FiscalNote offers competitive salaries, equity packages, and retirement accounts to ensure we’re all FN owners. We work hard, so our open vacation policy helps us ensure you’re getting the R&R you need. We offer comprehensive health, vision, and dental insurance options supplemented by a flexible spending account (FSA). We have a slew of other benefits which you can check out at

    FiscalNote values diversity. We are committed to equal opportunities and creating an inclusive environment for all our employees. We welcome applicants regardless of ethnic origin, national origin, gender, race, religious beliefs, disability, sexual orientation or age. FiscalNote is an EEOC employer.

    FiscalNote uses E-Verify to confirm the employment eligibility of all new employees. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, please visit

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