Energy and Environment Reporter

CQ Roll Call (Washington, D.C.)

Posted 2 weeks ago

CQ Roll Call is seeking an Energy and Environment Reporter for its digital and print products. The job requires knowledge of Congress, federal agencies such as the EPA and the Departments of Energy and Interior, as well as the federal regulatory process. Experience covering Congress, and energy and environmental issues is strongly preferred.  

About the CQ Roll Call Team
Washington’s CQ Roll Call brings up-to-date news, analysis and insights to decision-makers on Capitol Hill and influencers in the nation’s capital. 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. 

All applicants must submit 5 writing samples published in newspapers, news websites, magazines or news websites. A timed writing test, a test of congressional knowledge, and an AP style test will be required to advance to interviews with the team.

What to Expect in this Role:

  • Keep CQ and Roll Call subscribers informed about news on energy and environmental policy out of Congress and the federal agencies. We help people understand news developments so they can take action, whether they’re a legislative analyst or a government relations professional or a reader beyond the Beltway
  • Demonstrate expertise about Congress, the White House, federal agencies and politics. The ideal candidate is equally comfortable analyzing the provisions of a bill while covering a markup, digging into how taxpayer dollars are spent, and explaining why an action by Congress or the administration is important to someone outside of Washington
  • A fast-paced, subscriber-focused newsroom where stories are told via two websites, a newspaper that publishes when Congress is in session, newsletters in front of and behind a paywall, and policy-oriented audio, podcasts and videos

What Sets You Apart:

  • A Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism or related disciplines, or equivalent work experience
  • 5 + years of experience covering Congress and federal agencies for news organizations
  • Experience covering the EPA, Energy or Interior departments, and public policy about energy and natural resources are strongly preferred.
  • A proven track record of breaking news on the energy or environment beat, especially that intersects with Congress, federal agencies and the White House
  • Ability to balance news-of-the-day and enterprise reporting. You’re as comfortable writing about a hearing or markup as you are writing about trends
  • Ability to write accurately, concisely and engagingly under deadline pressure
  • Ability to write and file for multiple platforms, including digital, print, audio and video
  • Robust list of knowledgeable, reliable sources beyond official spokespeople
  • Ability to analyze data to inform your reporting
  • A collaborative and collegial disposition

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). 

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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 represent the largest press corps on Capitol Hill and serve an integral part of FiscalNote’s mission to connect people around the world to their government.

About Us
FiscalNote is a technology-powered global software data and media company that uses powerful machine learning to provide clients with the right policy information and insights, and at the right time so that they can better navigate market risk and uncertainty and maximize new opportunities.

As the premier hub of domestic and global information for more than 5,000 clients worldwide, FiscalNote’s tools, analysis, news, and award-winning journalism delivers context, clarity, and a competitive edge in a rapidly changing world.

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

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