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Homeland Security Reporter



Marketing & Communications
Washington, DC, USA
Posted on Saturday, April 20, 2024
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 is seeking a journalist to join our dynamic reporting team, with a focus on homeland security across federal agencies, in Congress and in courtrooms. This role will keep our readers informed about legislation, appropriations, executive actions and legal cases. This role will offer you the opportunity to break news and write enterprise stories related to immigration, politics and more, as well as contribute to podcasts, videos and events.
About the Team
The homeland security reporter is part of CQ Roll Call’s coverage of both policy and politics in FiscalNote’s mission to make government transparent for readers on the Hill, in the executive branch, and in the interest and industry groups with a stake in government decision-making.
About You
You are a self-motivated journalist with the drive to stay ahead of competitors on developments on your beat. You know how to navigate federal courts, track legislation and where to find the major players in Congress and the executive branch. You are also a team player, able and willing to collaborate with your colleagues and sometimes back them up on their beats.

What To Expect In This Position

  • Create a track record of reporting and writing perceptive, sophisticated stories that drive the conversation on Capitol Hill
  • Write clearly and accurately on tight deadlines, both breaking news and broader enterprise stories
  • Establish sources and contacts, and expand that list of experts
  • Read and track legislation, particularly spending bills
  • Handle a demanding, fast-moving beat
  • Dig through data and reports to find untold stories and be able to analyze data sets to determine newsworthy trends
  • Pitch and produce stories for all CQ and Roll Call products, and participate in events that showcase your expertise
  • Work with reporters whose beats touch on homeland security through the lens of Congress and government agencies, part of a collaborative newsroom that supports each other’s work
  • Follow congressional hours for legislative activity that sometimes can run into evenings and weekends

What Sets You Apart

  • 5+ years of journalism experience covering homeland security, appropriations and related topics for newspapers, news websites, news magazines or other news organizations
  • Demonstrated coverage of Congress, federal agencies or a legislative body for a news outlet
  • Knowledge of immigration and its impact on the country and politics
  • Computer-assisted reporting skills including use of databases, Excel and other programs and tools
  • A track record of producing scoops and compelling features for news outlets
  • Strong written and verbal communication abilities
  • Exceptional time management and organizational skills
  • A desire to work in a fast-paced, competitive environment
  • A bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience
Excited about this role, but don't meet 100% of the expected qualifications listed above? We'd still love for you to apply! FiscalNote is committed to building a diverse and inclusive workforce where unique experiences are valued and everyone has the opportunity to contribute. Research has continuously shown that women and people of color are less likely to apply to jobs unless they meet all of the listed qualifications. We want to help overcome this trend and seek to make space for unique and relevant skills and attributes. So, when applying to FiscalNote, rest assured that your application is reviewed by a living, breathing human being and evaluated based on key competencies needed for success in the position. Our Recruiting team maintains awareness of all open roles which means your application may be assessed against multiple positions and we will reach out to gauge your interest in other opportunities as appropriate. Questions or concerns? Contact, we'd be happy to connect!
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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.
Home to CQ, FrontierView, Oxford Analytica, VoterVoice, and many other industry-leading brands, FiscalNote helps organizations stay ahead of political and business risk.
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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).
Company Benefits
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