(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
A few days ago, Vice President of News David Ellis gathered every person in our newsroom.
This is my second stint at Roll Call —> CQ Roll Call —> The Economist Group, but in all the years I’ve been affiliated with this company, I had never actually seen all of our journalists gathered in one place. It was exciting.
The purpose was explaining a series of changes that are going to help our entire business stay competitive. Because CQ clients are paying customers, and most people read Roll Call online for free, our models for making money are quite different. The changes on that side of our newsroom just up the street from the Capitol don’t really affect Roll Call, but our fates are intertwined, and everyone within the organization benefits from the brains supplying CQ customers with the sharpest policy news in the industry.
David, now six weeks on the job, took the helm of this organization after many years at Bloomberg. He had already mapped out his initial plans to me over corncakes and catfish one afternoon, but seeing them in real time helped me understand the improvements.