DC Influencer: Mike Riley, managing editor, Bloomberg Government

Mike Riley, managing editor at Bloomberg Government, talks to Jaimy Lee about its January launch and unique view on covering politics

Given your experience with Congressional Quarterly, why do you see a need for a service like yours in DC?

There are very few places looking intently at that intersection of business and government. If you look at the federal government's impact on the business community, various industries, and the economy, it's huge, growing, and significant.

We will be comprehensive and integrated across different industries: energy, health, tech, transportation, defense, finance, and then three horizontals - trade, taxation, and labor - as well as government spending. We don't see others playing in this space at that point.

Have economic issues created a need for more coverage of the intersection of business and policy?

Most of the players in DC - CQ, National Journal, Politico, even The Washington Post - tend to be fairly inside-the-Beltway-centric. The connection we'll create is between the Beltway and the rest of the US in terms of corporate America. If we succeed at making that link, we'll build a bridge between government and business, so each understands each other much better.

A recent New York Times story described Bloomberg Government as being focused on covering government, not politics.

There are others in the market who cover politics as a bloodsport and we're happy to leave that to them. We're interested in politics when it has an effect on policy and, therefore, on legislation and regulation.

What do you see now as the key stories?

The implementation of the healthcare law is the big story, not just its passage. We'll also see some efforts to blunt the impact of the overhaul and to potentially repeal or defund it.

In terms of financial regulation, it's going to be about the consumer finance protection bureau. It will be about the regulation of derivatives. It's going to be about the SEC and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and how all of that starts to come together.

Please describe some of the unique editorial strategy behind the site.

It will be a very robust site. It's going to have news, data, analysis, as well as analytic tools. The editorial model is a unique one. In essence, we're pioneering a new approach by pairing reporting teams and analysts together.

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