RIPE@2014 Conference

Public Service Media Across Boundaries

The RIPE@2014 conference will take place in Japan on 27 – 29 of August, 2014, with a welcoming reception set for the evening of Tuesday the 26th. The conference is sponsored by NHK (Nippon Hoso Kyokai), the Japan Broadcasting Corporation and our host is the Institute for Media and Communications Research, Keio University, the oldest private university in Japan (founded in 1858).

This conference section of the website will be updated routinely as the conference draws nearer, so please check back routinely to keep yourself abreast of plans and materials for the event. A draft of the conference programme was posted on 3 August. Please click the titled link on the top right corner of this page to view the programme. There are a few minor elements to be updated, so look for some changes before the conference.

The papers were uploaded on 1 and 2 of August. Most are now available for downloading and reading. Unfortunately there are a few running very late. These will be posted on 15 August when the final posting of papers is scheduled. Click the titled link on the top right corner of this page to access the papers.

The papers are organised into topical workgroups (seven total). Please click the titled link on the top right corner of this page to learn about the workgroup topics, review the paper titles and the authors, and to get a good overview of the proceedings we expect to enjoy on Day 2 especially. We have also indicated the Chairs and Deputy Chairs for all seven workgroups.

We have updated the information about costings and some logistic information: RIPE accommodation and travel information. We will post more information in the next several weeks under link on the top right.

As most people know, the Japanese culture (broadly construed) emphasises the importance of behaviour that is respectful and polite. Our hosts are of course accustomed to social relations with foreign guests and participants don’t need to feel worried or unduly concerned about differences in cultural mores and practices. But of course most will also interact with other Japanese and, at any rate, we all want to be good guests and act in ways that show our appreciation and respect for the culture and traditions of our hosts. This is a good link to develop a quick and simple overview of what is recommended to foreign visitors in Japan.

The Open Society Foundation donated $25.000 USD (just shy of €18.000 euros) to finance the travel and accommodation costs for participants that were chosen by a selection committee from a pool of applications submitted in response to the RIPE@2014 Grants Call. (Click on the link to open the PDF file) The recipients are 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 recipients will be announced soon and are currently handling the registration and planning process.

We are excited to announce the production of a RIPE documentary-style video during this year’s conference! Michael Huntsberger, a veteran RIPE conference planner and participant, applied for grants from Linfield College in Oregon (USA) where he is Associate Professor to fund the production. Happily the funds were given for the project! He will be partnered with Peter Dunn, a documentary film maker from Australia and husband of the late Anne Dunn, a Professor at the University of Sydney who  was responsible for the RIPE@2012 conference in Sydney. We hope participants in this year’s conference will be tolerant and accommodating because the video will be important for explaining what RIPE is and how this conference works, and for stimulating interest in the wider world about PSM today.

Our theme for RIPE@2014 in Tokyo focuses on a broad range of challenges facing public service media as an orientation and in operational and organisational terms in the context of transnational influences, encounters and markets. International cross-boundary influences are evident in the growth of multinational media companies, cross-border channels, trade in formats and programming, development in technology and platforms, changing tastes and perceptions among audiences, and the influence of supranational instruments and agencies. PSM institutions are domestic in grounding and orientation but increasingly must deal with a growing range of international influences and pressures – and opportunities.

Other important borders relate to growth in network communication and what that means for broadcasting; institutional boundaries that pose challenges to achieve greater openness and opportunities for public participation; challenges related to boundaries between professional journalists and citizen journalism, and more broadly in professional and non-professional production; the emergence and importance of transnational audiences and audience fragmentation; platform differentiation and synergies in conceptual and operational terms; the rise of social media and non-traditional providers of content and services; and challenges in spanning boundaries between PSM institutions and other institutions in the public, volunteer and private sectors. These phenomena simultaneously offer tremendous opportunities and daunting challenges for PSM development. Familiar historic dichotomies that include public/private, national/international, broadcast/print, old/new, and market/society are increasingly problematic and require thorough, critical re-examination. Underlying all of this is a pivotal dynamic of convergence versus divergence.

The Call for Paper Proposals expired 17 January 2014.

Conference Planning Group for RIPE@2014:

Yoshiko Nakamura, NHK (Japanese Broadcasting Corporation)

Nobuto Yamamoto, Keio University (Japan)

Gregory Ferrell Lowe, University of Tampere (Finland)

Fiona Martin, University of Sydney (Australia)

Marko Ala-Fossi, University of Tampere (Finland)

Minna Aslama-Horowitz, St. John’s University (USA) & University of Helsinki (Finland)

Karen Donders, Free University of Brussels (Belgium)

Michael Huntsberger, Linfield College (USA)

Hallvard Moe, University of Bergen (Norway)

Phillip Savage, McMaster University (Canada)

Takanobu Tanaka, NHK (Japanese Broadcasting Corporation)

Hilde van den Bulck, University of Antwerp (Belgium)

Shizu Yamakoski, Keio University (Japan)

RIPE Advisor Board for 2014:

Jo Bardoel, University of Amsterdam & University of Nijmegen (Netherlands)

Trisha Dunleavy, Victoria University of Wellington (Australia)

Peter Dunn, Freelance documentary producer

Paulo Faustino, Porto University (Portugal)

Taisto Hujanen, University of Tampere (Finland)

John Jackson, Concordia University (Canada)

Per Jauert, University of Aarhus (Denmark)

Alan G. Stavitsky, University of Nevada at Reno (USA)

Jeanette Steemers, University of Westminster (UK)

Robert Suarez, European Broadcasting Union (Switzerland)

David Sutton, Australian Broadcasting Corporation