By Heather Spray, Andy Wold,
As the sun rose over the Washington Monument, the IALF Class of 2020 boarded the D.C. Metro and departed for the Politico Headquarters in Arlington, Virginia.
Greeted by Senior Editor Bob Hillman, the class toured the newsroom to expand their understanding of the international news agency that employs roughly 550 staff. Raised on a farm in Illinois and as an alumnus of the University of Illinois, Mr. Hillman educated the class on advertising structures and the future of journalistic integrity in the 21st century.
The class learned that Politico’s target demographic is the political community at large, and geared towards Washington’s lawyers, lobbyists, and think tank professionals. The publication was launched in 2007 and is owned by Robert Allbritton.
The group of 32 then traveled to Embassy Row where they visited the New Zealand Embassy and British Embassy. Ambassador Rosemary Banks of New Zealand welcomed the class in Te Reo, the language of the Māori people. Dr. Steve Kelly, first secretary to agriculture and trade, joined the group and explained how 47% of gross agricultural revenue comes from dairy, 11% from cattle, 13% from horticulture and 10% from lamb. He emphasized the importance of free trade in New Zealand and how it is essential to their economy, with exports at approximately 30% of the GDP (compared to only 13% in the U.S.A.) and international trade (imports and exports) at 60% of New Zealand’s total economic activity.
The next stop was the Great Britain Embassy for a briefing on trade policy and the impending Brexit vote. Jennifer Groover,
After Embassy Row, the class
The final stop of the day was at the U.S. State Department for a briefing from Principal Deputy Assistant for Economic and Business Affairs Peter Haas, as well as Director of the Office of Agricultural Policy Patrick Dunn. Both explained how the department focuses on food trade, food assistance, food security