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What’s happening now?

The RIPE@2014 conference section has been updated with current information for participants! Please visit the updated section to access the programme for Tokyo, Japan at NHK and Keio University. We have also posted the workgroup structure where you can see who is attending and what they will present papers about, as well as who will service as Chairs and Deputy Chairs this time.

The conference takes place in Tokyo, Japan the last week of August (27.-29.8) and 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).

Here is the original call, left available because it provides a useful overview of the theme and focus for year’s conference: RIPE@2014 Call for Paper Proposals.

A selection committee has chosen the recipients for travel funding provided by a grant from the Open Society Foundation. The recipients responded to a RIPE@2014 Grants Call. (Click on the link to open the PDF file). They are Ph.D. students and faculty early in their academic careers from universities in Africa, Asia and Latin America. The recipients will participate in the workgroups (each assigned according to the thematic focus of his or her paper, as for all participants).

We are excited to announce the production of a RIPE documentary-style video during this year’s conference! We hope participants will be tolerant and accommodating because the video will be important for explaining what RIPE is and how this conference works, and even more importantly for stimulating interest in the wider world about PSM today.

The RIPE@2013 book published last March and is titled: The Value of Public Service Media. This is the sixth RIPE Reader in the series that started in 2003 (all are published by NORDICOM). We used a rigorous peer review process for the book (double blind) and the quality of results is excellent. After the RIPE@2014 conference in Tokyo the editorial process will begin anew to produce the 2015 RIPE Reader. We will add a new section to this RIPE.org website as that process begins.

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.