RIPE@2012 Programme


On behalf of the hosts, sponsors and organisers, we are delighted to welcome you to the 6th RIPE conference. We aim to make our conference experience in Sydney enjoyable and fruitful. Our theme is Value for Public Money – Money for Public Value. The substance of conference proceedings will surely be high given the breadth and quality of papers to be presented, and beginning with a stimulating programme at the ABC.

Every RIPE conference is devoted not only to intellectual substance but also to developing collaborative relations between the academic host organisation and the public service media corporation.  This year we are fortunate indeed to be hosted by the University of Sydney and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. The planning work has been enjoyable, professional and productive. As you’ll see in this programme, the sixth conference promises to be an outstanding event!

This time we are faced with a unique situation, however, due to a loss that merits special acknowledgement. Associate Professor Anne Dunn passed away on July 1st. Her role in planning and organising this conference was pivotal. If not for her this would not have happened and the programme owes much to her work that so ably represents a devotion to high professional standards and a generous collegial enthusiasm for the character of the event. Both host organisations and everyone involved with planning and preparations are joined in expressing a keen admiration and sincere appreciation for Anne.

We dedicate the RIPE@2012 conference to the life’s work and innumerable achievements of Anne Dunn, a dear friend and accomplished colleague in both the academic community and the ABC’s professional community. We wish she were here. She would have so enjoyed seeing all the good work in this project come to fruition. We are therefore grateful to enjoy the experience on her behalf.

Gregory Ferrell Lowe, RIPE Continuity Director, University of Tampere
Fiona Martin, University of Sydney
Paul Chadwick, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Planning and preparations for a RIPE conference require a lot of work over a two-year period, all of it co-operative and much that is delegated to individual colleagues and small teams. Their roles and the investments that enable this on the part of respective home institutions have been instrumental in preparing for the 2012 conference. The University of Sydney and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation acknowledge with appreciation their valued and respective contributions. The work greatly benefitted from the many contributions of a cohesive, collaborative team.

RIPE@2012 Conference Planning Group (CPG):

Anne Dunn, University of Sydney
Paul Chadwick, the ABC Australia
Michael Huntsberger, Linfield College (USA)
Madeleine King, University of Sydney
Gregory Ferrell Lowe, University of Tampere (Finland)
Fiona Martin, University of Sydney
Yoshiko Nakamura, NHK (Japan)
Philip Savage, McMaster University (Canada)
Jeanette Steemers, University of Westminster (UK)
Hilde Van den Bulck, University of Antwerp (Belgium)

RIPE Advisory Board (RAB):
Minna Aslama, St. John’s University (USA)
Jo Bardoel, Universities of Amsterdam & of Nijmegan (Netherlands)
Maureen Burns, University of Queensland (Australia)
Taisto Hujanen, University of Tampere (Finland)
John Jackson, Concordia University (Canada)
Per Jauert, University of Aarhus (Denmark)
Brian McNair, Queensland University of Technology (Australia)

Events program

Tuesday 4thSeptember – Welcome Reception, Art Gallery of NSW

The University of Sydney and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) invite you to a welcoming reception for the 2012 RIPE conference, between 6.30-9.00pm at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

Drinks and light refreshments will be served, followed by a tour of the Yirribana Indigenous art collection.

Conference registration will be available from 6pm inside the main entrance to the gallery, and cloaking facilities will be available.

RSVP: Madeleine King, RIPE Conference

Wednesday 5th September 2012 at the ABC, Ultimo

Media Policy and Management Forum

08:30 – 09:30 Conference registration in the atrium, ABC building, 700 Harris St Ultimo

09:30 – 09:45 Welcoming remarks

ABC MC introduction
Welcome to country
Paul Chadwick – ABC Director of Editorial Policies
Fiona Martin – Senior Lecturer, University of Sydney

09:45 – 11:15 Session 1: The ABC and Australia’s Media Landscape

The Hon James Spigelman AC., QC. – ABC Chairman

Mark Scott, AO. – ABC Managing Director

Questions from floor – 30 mins

11:15 – 11:30  Morning tea

11:30 – 12:45 Session 2: PSM and the Drive for Innovation

Bruce Belsham Head, Current Affairs, ABC News
Jane Connors – Head, Industry Policy and Strategy, ABC Radio
Arul Baskaran – Controller of Multiplatform, ABC TV
Angela Clark – Director, ABC Innovation
Lynley Marshall – Director, ABC International
Lisa Walsh – Head, ABC Research and Marketing

Questions from floor – 30 mins

13.00 – 14.00 Lunch

14.00 – 15.00 Session 3: The Role of PSB in Coverage of Disasters and Emergencies

Mr Toshiyuki Sato, Executive Controller – Nippon Hoso Kyokai (NHK) Japan

Respondent: Tony Rasmussen, Manager Regional Local Radio, ABC Radio

15.00 – 15.30  Afternoon Tea

15.30 – 17:15  Session 4: Media Policy and PSM Today

Moderator: Minna Alama Horowitz – University of Helsinki, Finland, & New America Foundation (Washington, DC)

“What are the top three issues about PSM policy being debated in your country today?”

David Sutton – the ABC,  the Australian context
Barbara Thomass – Ruhr-University of Bochum, the German context
David Skinner – York University, the Canadian context
Ilya Kirilya – Moscow Higher School of Economics, the Russian context
Ki-Sung Kwak – University of Sydney, the South Korean context
Sylvia Harvey – University of Leads, the UK context
Paolo Faustino – Porto University (Portugal), the Brazilian context

Each panel participant will have 7 minutes to present, including the moderator. Cloud tag results will be presented by Michael Huntsberger (Linfield College, USA) to conclude the session.

17:15 – 17:30 Tribute to Anne Dunn

17:30   Closing Remarks, Gregory Ferrell Lowe, University of Tampere, Finland

17:45    Depart the ABC

Free evening. Enjoy your night on the town in Sydney!

Thursday 6th September 2012 at the Darlington Centre, University of Sydney

Media Research and Scholarship Forum I

08.15 – 9.10 Conference registration at the Darlington Centre, University of Sydney, 174 City Road, Darlington.
Tea, coffee and pastries on arrival

09:10 – 09:15 Welcoming Remarks
Professor Gerard Goggin, Chair of Media and Communications, University of Sydney

09:15 – 10.30 Panel Presentation and Discussion
Public Service Media and the Creative Audience:
The values of outreach, cooperation and collaboration
Moderator: Fiona Martin, Senior Lecturer, Convergent and Online Media, University of Sydney

This panel kicks off the scholarly proceedings that are our focus for Days 2 and 3 of the RIPE@2012 conference – addressing the value of creative audience relations. We are pleased to welcome colleagues from the Special Broadcasting Service, Australia’s multicultural public service media provider, and from the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. The panel will present community outreach and co-creation approaches that demonstrate the development of public value in today’s digital media environment and its value for the public. Each presentation will last 15 minutes.

Susanne Larson, SBS Manager of Policy and Stakeholder Relations
The Exchange is an online SBS audience research and program development project. It is a direct engagement with the audience, where user opinions, comments and discussion help to shape SBS programs and services.

Bindi Newman, SBS Outreach Executive
The documentary project Once Upon a Time in Cabramatta grew out of a collaboration with a local arts and cultural organisation ICE (Information and Cultural Exchange). The television series was developed through a blog, story exchange, community screenings and workshops. It follows the social and cultural transformation of a western Sydney suburb after it became home to many Vietnamese refugees following the Vietnam War.

Ann Chesterman, Director, ABC Open
ABC Open – is a government funded community story-telling project, involving 45 producers based in regional towns across Australia. These people are helping local residents to learn storytelling skills and to produce their ideas for online, radio and TV channels.

Jonathon Hutchinson, former social manager ABC Pool, PhD Candidate, Queensland University of Technology
ABC Pool (as in a ‘pool of ideas) is a creative user community where people make, share, remix and engage with creative works, often providing content for ABC programs. Pool – functions as a social media hub where users can meet and collaborate. The project uses Creative Commons licensing as an effective means of media sharing.

Discussion – 15 minutes

10.30 – 11.00 Morning tea

11.00 – 12.30 Parallel sessions (papers presented in workgroups 1 – 5)

12.30 – 13.30 Lunch

13.30 – 15.00 Parallel sessions (papers presented in workgroups 1 – 5)

15.00 – 15.30 Afternoon tea

15.30 – 17.00 Parallel sessions (papers presented in workgroups 1 – 5)

After the parallel sessions delegates may return to their hotels if they wish, explore Newtown or stay at the Centre and enjoy an after conference drink or coffee (self-funded), before joining a walking party to the restaurant where we will have dinner. This is a 15-minute walk from the Darlington Centre straight along the main street of Newtown, a vibrant, multicultural suburb.  For those whom choose to return to their hotels, there is a map to the restaurant on the conference website.

18.30 – 20.30 Conference Dinner, Thanh Binh, Newtown
Dinner will be at the Thanh Binh,, one of Sydney’s most authentic and established Vietnamese restaurants, at 111 King St Newtown.  Dress: casual

Friday 7th September 2012 at the Darlington Centre, University of Sydney

Media Research and Scholarship Forum II

08.30 – 08.55  Tea, coffee and pastries on arrival

09.00 – 10.30 Concluding Workgroup Sessions (in parallel 1-5)

The Chairs and Deputy Chairs will work with their respective groups to formulate answers to the two Steering Questions for the RIPE@2012 conference:

    Question 1 for scholarly interests: “If the public can serve themselves, what should public service media be?”

    Question 2 for applied interests: “Now that the public serves themselves, what should public service media do?”

10.30 – 11.00  Morning tea

11.00 – 13.00 Moderated Plenary Discussion
Moderator: Gregory Ferrell Lowe – University of Tampere, Finland

13.00 Conference ends.  Light lunch