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Health Policy Reporter



Marketing & Communications
Washington, DC, USA
Posted on Saturday, May 4, 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, enthusiastic reporting team. The journalist will write, with the collaboration of an experienced and collaborative four-person health team, a daily newsletter when Congress is in session that focuses on federal health care policy, tracking developments that are of interest to the most important decision makers in the country.
This is an important role - health is one of our flagship issues, and the health newsletter is considered one of our most well-read and well-established products. At CQ Roll Call, we keep our readers up to date on federal health legislation, appropriation and agency policy, covering the CDC, FDA, HHS and other health agencies. This role will also cover veterans health.
You’ll be joining one of the most collaborative and collegial teams at CQ Roll Call, working with experienced reporters who have covered the gamut of health related topics: from Medicare policy to reproductive policy to public health. We are a small but scrappy team with big ambition - you’ll be working for a well-established brand with decades of experience training the best reporters in D.C.
Our focus is on Congress, so if you want to cover Capitol Hill, this is a great place for you. We keep our readers informed about the content of legislation as it is being drafted, marked up in committee, and ultimately goes to the House and Senate floor. Our job is to provide news and analysis through print, digital and audio. This role will offer you the opportunity to break news, write enterprise stories, and shape the content of a newsletter. Your expertise will also be used for podcasts, videos, and events.
About the CQ Roll Call Team
The health 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 private-sector groups and NGOs 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, know the major players in Congress and the executive branch. You will have a facility with spending bills and experience covering your beat in webinars, broadcast interviews and conferences. You will be a team player, able and willing to collaborate with your colleagues and sometimes backing them up on their beats. We are a strong team. You’ll make us even better.

What to Expect in This Position

  • A track record of reporting and writing smart, sophisticated stories and enterprise that drive the conversation about health care and health legislation
  • Established sources and contacts in health policy, with an ability to expand that list of experts
  • Experience reading bills, particularly spending bills
  • Ambition and energy to shape a newsletter on the beat
  • Clear and accurate writing on tight deadlines, both breaking news and broader enterprise stories
  • A proven ability to handle a demanding, fast-moving beat
  • Digging through data and reports to find untold stories and be able to analyze data sets to determine newsworthy trends
  • Writing proactively about health policy with the goal of driving debate on Capitol Hill and in the administration
  • Pitching and producing sharply written stories for all CQ and Roll Call products, with a focus on the morning health newsletter. Producing content for videos and podcasts, and participating in events that showcase your expertise
  • Willingness to work congressional hours, following legislative activity that can run into the evening and night, and also to weekends.

What Sets You Apart

  • 5+ years of journalism experience, preferably covering health care, appropriations, federal health agencies including the FDA or 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 the subject
  • 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
  • Prior coverage of FDA is a bonus
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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Company Benefits
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