Welcome to the new Roll Call. Whether you’re reading us in print or online, this publication is the culmination of more than a year of thinking through and planning out CQ Roll Call’s product lineup.
The new Roll Call contains the kinds of stories you have always found here — pieces on the leaders and rank-and-file members of Congress, the politics that drive them, and the people and industries that influence them. But it now also incorporates the kinds of stories that have traditionally been found in CQ Today — those that explore the development of legislation and the state of play on the issues. And here you’ll also find our trusted Daybook, the essential listing of events on the Hill.
We brought these publications together to create a best-of-both strategy in which the combination is greater than the sum of its parts. We envision a richer experience for an expanded print and online audience.
Both print and online editions of Roll Call will have similar content. On Mondays and Wednesdays, we’ll have an Influence section that follows the activities of K Street, tracks money in politics and covers the business of lobbying. Our Politics section, with its signature At the Races feature, will run on Tuesdays and Thursdays. On Fridays we’ll bring you Around the Hill, where we explore the community of Capitol Hill.
With this issue, we’re also bringing aboard a new editor, David Rapp, who will be driving this publication and its everyday offerings.
David comes to Roll Call with a wealth of experience in publishing, particularly in digital strategy and in creating innovative products for people who rely on top-notch government information and analysis. He also knows how to tell a great story, and we all know there are plenty of those on Capitol Hill.
In terms of design, the print edition is the work of our director of art and graphics, Michael Stanaland, who brought a clean and colorful new look to our pages. CQ Roll Call’s creative services director, Chris Tepler, came up with the Roll Call nameplate, with its image of the interior of the Capitol Dome, which we liked because it evokes the “inside” nature of our content and our readership.
We’re incorporating coverage of policy debates in Roll Call, but we will continue to offer deeper, premium information about the issues on CQ.com, which will remain the destination for our most comprehensive and in-depth policy tracking. This includes tools to track bills, committee votes and floor actions in real time, as well as custom alerts and relevant documents.
Here in Roll Call, and on rollcall.com, we plan a broad and varied buffet of content that we think will better reflect the professional community of Capitol Hill, its diverse interests and its curiosity. That has been the essential nature of Roll Call since its founding in 1955, and we will continue to adhere to that sensibility. With this new design, and some new elements, we’ll strive to better serve you and your varied needs for news and information.
— Susan Benkelman, Editorial Director