Welcome to the RIPE website, a non-profit network of scholars and practitioners involved with the study, development and management of public service media organisations.
What’s happening now?
There are two projects underway at the moment. The first is the RIPE@2013 project, the publication of our sixth RIPE Reader in the continuing series that started in 2003 and is published by NORDICOM. (We refer to each volume as a Reader — a bit old-fashioned, maybe, but we like it. Hopefully you find it appealing, as well!) You can browse the planned contents and see who is contributing, and keep up with milestones and useful information, in the section of this site called RIPE@2013 Reader.
The second project is producing the RIPE@2014 conference, which will take place in Tokyo, Japan the last week of August, 2014. This will be our 7th bi-annual conference, and follows a successful experience and result in Sydney, Australia in 2012. The 2014 conference is sponsored by Nippon Hoso Kyokai (NHK), the Japanese Public Service Broadcasting Corporation. Our host will be the Institute for Media and Communications Research, Keio University, one of the Japan’s oldest universities (founded in 1858). You can keep up with what’s being planned for the 2014 conference in that section of the website.
RIPE is an acronym for Re-Visionary Interpretations of the Public Enterprise. This international initiative launched in 2001 as a collaboration between the University of Tampere and Yleisradio (Yle) in Finland. The network connects two communities with distinctive but interdependent interests in the future of public service broadcasting: the scholarly community conducting pertinent research in this field, and the community of PSB practitioners responsible for the management and operations of this media sector. To learn about the initiative, please take a look at the AboutRIPE section.
In our Archive section you can access the papers and proceedings from the bi-annual RIPE conferences since 2002, including the most recent RIPE@2012 conference in Sydney last September. There is a wealth of information, research and international contacts that will be of use and value for policymakers, researchers, teachers and strategic managers. We have removed papers upon the request of those authors that preferred this, but in fact the majority are available with the authors’ compliments. Fair use rules obviously apply. The authors’ each own the copyrights to their respective works and users must respect any specified restrictions for the use of any paper, and provide proper citations when quoting or referring to any paper.