Welcome to RIPEat.org

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?

We are currently planning the RIPE@2014 conference, which takes place in Tokyo, Japan the last week of August (27.-29.8). This is 7th bi-annual conference. The theme is Public Service Media Across Boundaries. The 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). We’ve had a very good response to the Call for Paper Proposals that officially expired on 31 January. The proposals will be peer reviewed and those that submitted (about 95) can expect to hear the results of the selection process in the later part of March! So stay tuned.  Here is the original call, left available because it provides a useful overview of the theme and what we are planning: RIPE@2014c Call for Paper Proposals.

We are pleased to announce a Call for Grant Applications. We have received a donation of $25.000 USD (just shy of €18.000 euros) from the Open Society Foundation to finance the travel and accommodation costs for six to eight applicants that will be selected on the basis of responding to a RIPE@2014 Grants Call. (Click on the link to open the PDF file) The recipients will be Ph.D. students and faculty early in their academic careers from universities in Latin American, Southeast Asia, and the MENA countries (Middle East and North Africa). The deadline for applications is 3 March. Please help spread the word!!

The RIPE@2013 book is in press. In early January 2014 we completed the RIPE@2013 book project: The Value of Public Service Media. This is the sixth RIPE Reader in the series that started in 2003 (all are published by NORDICOM). Visit that section of the website to browse the contents and see who is contributing. The book will publish in early 2014. We used a rigorous peer review process for the book (double blind) and the quality of results is excellent.

The Media Intelligence Service (MIS) of the European Broadcasting Union has announced a Call for Applications for a Visiting Researcher position (4 to 6 months). The deadline is March 1, so don’t delay! This is a rare and valuable opportunity. Click EBU Call to open the document (PDF) where you will find all the required information to apply.

Background to the RIPE Initiative

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, Australia. 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.