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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?

Pictures from the RIPE@2014 conference in Tokyo, Japan are posted on the RIPE Facebook page!  Click here to access the photo album. There are about 150 pictures in total, mostly taken by Gregory Ferrell Lowe. Enjoy!

The editorial process for the new RIPE@2015 Reader has started! This will be the seventh Reader in the RIPE series published by NORDICOM (click here for details). The co-editors are Gregory Ferrell Lowe and Nobuto Yamamoto. We reviewed the 60+ papers presented in Tokyo for the RIPE@2014 conference and selected 15 that are among the best of the best about dimensions that are highly relevant for keener understandings about Crossing Boundaries in Public Service Media (the working title). To find out who is contributing, about the topics, and to learn how the editorial process is handled, click the RIPE@2015 Reader in the black menu bar above.

The Open Society Foundation is funding three new projects! OSF provided $25,000 USD to fund participation in RIPE@2014 for Ph.D. students and faculty early in their academic careers from universities in Africa, Asia and Latin America. There were four recipients. Because we didn’t use all of the funding for the conference OSF invited a proposal for use of the remainder. We’ve now received approval for three projects, plus a contribution to the costs for publishing the RIPE@2015 Reader (above). One of the projects is completing the video project (below). The second is to produce an online-open-access scholarly publication about PSM in non-Western contexts. This project will be led by Anis Rahman, one of the OSF grantees for the conference, a Ph.D. student at Simon Fraser University in Canada. The third is a project to map the network of PSM scholars and researchers in the Global South. Minna Horowitz and Susan Abbott are in charge of this one. Minna is a professor at St. John’s University in the USA. She is doing interesting work on strategies for media reform. We’ll keep you updated here and on the RIPE Facebook page.

The video production project is well underway! Participants in Tokyo became quite familiar with the team that was shooting events and participants. Michael Huntsberger (Linfield College, USA) and Peter Dunn (freelance documentary make from Australia) are now working with the footage to create a series of webisodes about public service media and RIPE. We plan to publish the mini-documentary series on a YouTube channel that will be launched when the videos are ready. So check back for updates on that, as well.

The RIPE@2016 conference will happen in Belgium!  A capstone during the Gala Dinner in Tokyo  was the announcement of the winning bid to co-hosted and sponsor the 2016 conference. We are pleased to inform everyone that the University of Antwerp (Department of Political and Social Sciences) and VRT, one of two Belgian public service media organisations, will be our hosts for the eighth RIPE conference. The planning process begins in earnest in late winter 2015, so check back to keep track of developments.

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 that conducts pertinent research and the community of PSB practitioners responsible for the management and operations of this media sector. To learn about the initiative, please click the AboutRIPE section in the black banner above. You’ll find an overview of RIPE history and explanations for how the planning process and actual conference experience are produced. 

In our Archive section you can access papers and proceedings from past RIPE conferences since 2002. We’ve left the dedicated page in place for the RIPE@2014 conference in Tokyo, Japan. Those contents will be moved to the archives when planning for the RIPE@2016 conference in Belgium begins in earnest. There is a wealth of information, research and international contacts that are useful for researchers, teachers, policymakers and strategic managers. We delink papers upon the written request of authors that preferred this, but the vast majority are happy to contribute to the richness this site provides for those who want to develop deeper understandings about public service media around the world. Fair use rules obviously apply. The authors own the copyrights to their respective works and users must respect any specified restrictions regarding use of any paper, and provide proper citations when quoting or referring to any paper in one’s own publications or presentations.