Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Job opps: Congressional Quarterly

Former North Bay Chron reporter Pamela Podger passes this along. Thanks, Pamela.

Congressional Quarterly has a number of openings. Samples below, Web site HERE:

COMMITTEES REPORTER: CQ’s newsroom is seeking a full-time reporter for its Committees team, to write news stories and descriptions of votes, schedules and other actions in congressional committees for, as well as reporting and writing Bill Analysis briefs. The position also presents opportunities to write for CQ Today and the CQ Weekly. In addition to demonstrated experience in news reporting and writing, candidates should also have familiarity with Congress and legislative procedure. Contact Peter King,

EDITOR, CQ BUDGET TRACKER. Congressional Quarterly is seeking a writer/editor with demonstrated knowledge of the federal budget process to co-produce the Budget Tracker Web site and e-mail newsletter. This is a hands-on, fast-paced opportunity for a seasoned journalist who knows a lot about Capitol Hill and wants to write a daily briefing for a premium publication. Requires practical experience with the budget and appropriations process, a passion for finding and articulating unique insights and an interest in working in a Web writing and production environment. Contact John Dineen,

FLOOR VOTES REPORTER: CQ is seeking a reporter to cover floor action on a day-to-day basis and provide real-time coverage of floor votes, including writing vote captions and recording member positions for the Web and CQ Weekly. Tasks also include co-writing a weekly "Week Ahead" story for CQ Today, updating the floor schedules database, proofreading votes and contributing to news stories. Candidates must be detail-oriented, versatile, have the capacity to work independently and meet deadlines, and be able to write in all formats, including database, online news and daily news. Must have excellent computer skills and the ability to troubleshoot basic problems. Experience covering the legislative process is required. Contact Peter King at

FOREIGN POLICY WRITER: Congressional Quarterly is seeking an experienced writer to cover foreign policy in Congress. The successful candidate will be familiar with the foreign relations committees in Congress and have experience in the foreign policy arena. The candidate will be a good writer and an experienced newsperson with an ability to spot trends and analyze complicated issues for CQ Today, CQ’s online news site and CQ Weekly. Email cover letter, resume and clips to Jonathan Broder, Defense and Foreign Policy editor, at


ACQUISITIONS EDITOR: CQ Press's College Division is seeking an Acquisitions Editor to develop a new list of textbooks for journalism, mass comm., and communication studies. The ideal candidate will have 3-5 years college acquisitions experience in recruiting top authors, developing concepts and content to meet market needs, coordinating technology and new media initiatives, negotiating contracts, forecasting sales, and motivating authors and staff to do their best work. Knowledge of the higher education marketplace is a must with field sales experience and/or knowledge of the communication and journalism fields being preferred. Significant travel to conferences and college campuses throughout the year required. We enjoy a collegial, creative, fast-paced workplace focused on editorial excellence and customer satisfaction. Washington, DC location. Reports to Charisse Kiino,

EDITORIAL ASSISTANT, COLLEGE DIVISION: CQ Press, a DC-based independent publisher, has an upcoming opening for an editorial assistant in a fast-paced, collegial environment. The editorial assistant is responsible for various tasks associated with the production of CQ Press college textbooks. In addition to the standard administrative duties that are a part of this entry-level position (photocopying, filing, faxing, mailing, and document preparation), responsibilities include the following: arranging for proofreading, indexing, and graphics production; performing photo research; preparing manuscripts for composition; trafficking page proofs to authors and freelancers; handling author and proofer corrections; and requesting photo and text permissions. As experience is acquired, this person will act as production editor on routine books. Ideal candidate will have solid academic credentials, strong communication and organizational skills, excellent proofreading skills, and the ability to work under tight deadlines while adhering to high standards of quality. He or she will demonstrate flexibility, a commitment to accuracy, and the ability to work both independently and as part of a team. Computer and Internet proficiency are required; proficiency in Word is preferred; content knowledge of some aspect of American government or political history, as well as some previous experience in a publications production environment, is desired. Reports to Steve Pazdan,


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