Reporting on Extremist Groups: Georgia Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists hosts panel of experts, researchers

Who are these groups? What are their core beliefs and tactics? What is the extent of the threat they pose? Journalists–and the public–have a lot of questions. SPJ Georgia aims to help provide answers in our virtual series.

For part two of our series on covering extremist groups, we’re hearing from the experts who have researched these groups.

The aim of the series is three-fold; to educate Georgia journalists about who the groups are and what they believe in with a particular emphasis on the Peach State, a rundown on organizations who are keeping tabs on them and assessing their threat level and how journalists can cover them effectively and safely.

You can register on Eventbrite. We’ll send you the Zoom info via email before the event.

The following speakers will be on our panel on Tuesday, April 27 at 7:30 p.m.:

Susan Corke is the Director of the Intelligence Project at SPLC. She previously served as Executive Director of the Transatlantic Democracy Working Group and Senior Fellow at the German Marshall Fund. She was also a Director of Programs at Freedom House and Director for Countering Extremism and Antisemitism at Human Rights First. Previously, she served as a diplomat at the US Department of State, including as a Section Chief in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor and in senior diplomatic roles at Embassy Moscow and Embassy Prague. She is a Truman Security Fellow; Board Member of the Reves International Center of William & Mary; and Vice Chair of the Board of Ascend International.  

Dr. Cas Mudde is the Stanley Wade Shelton UGAF Professor in the School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Georgia. Mudde is also a columnist for the Guardian and host of RADIKAAL, a podcast about the radical aspects of music, politics, and sports. Mudde was born in the Netherlands, where he received his masters and PhD at Leiden University. He has published many books on the topic of extremism and democracy, most notably about the far right and populism. One of his latest books is The Far Right Today.

Amy Iandiorio is an investigative researcher in the Center on Extremism at the Anti-Defamation League. Her research focuses on radicalization, extremism, bias crime and propaganda. Iandiorio earned her Bachelor of Arts with Honors in Criminology and Criminal Justice and, Global Terrorism and History from University of Maryland, College Park. She was the Spring 2019 Student Commencement Speaker for the University of Maryland.


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