IAPMR Newsletter 2/2020
RIPE@2019 Reader is here!
RIPE@2019: Universalism in Public Service Media features a collection of articles that interrogate the historic universalism mission in public service broadcasting and explore its contemporary relevance for public service media.
Taking a critical perspective on media policy and performance, the volume contributes to a much-needed contemporary reassessment that clarifies the importance of universalism for equity in access and provision, trustworthy content, and inclusive participation in the context of advancing digitalisation and globalisation.
The collection situates universalism as an aspirational quest and inspirational pursuit. Researchers and policymakers will find the collection valuable for conceptualisation and strategic managers will find it helpful as a principled basis in the pursuit of improved reach and value.
Philip Savage, Mercedes Medina, and Gregory Ferrell Lowe (eds. 2020). RIPE@2019: Universalism in Public Service Media. Gothenburg: NORDICOM.
Download your open-access pdf copies of the articles, or order the book. here!
RIPE@ postponed to 2021
Unfortunately, the RIPE@2020 conference has been postponed until 2021 due to COVID-19 – but it has not been canceled!
Given the special, collaborative format of RIPE the organizing committee and the hosts, the European Broadcasting Union and the University of Fribourg, decided against a virtual conference. Once there is more information on how the COVID-19-situation develops, the preparations will continue and the new dates will be set. The authors of accepted papers have been notified and more information about the conference will be shared early next year.
Virtual gatherings: A celebration and more
To bridge the time until the conference now known as RIPE@2021, we at the International Association of Public Media Researchers plan a short online event around the original conference dates, late October, 2020. This will offer an opportunity for us all to celebrate the 20-year anniversary of RIPE and the birth of the new association.
Other virtual events are also in the works to bring our community together soon.
You will receive your invitations to join us in the next newsletter, and on social media, in August!
- Michał Głowacki and Lizzie Jackson have just published an Industry Report from the four-year study Public Service Media in the Digital Mediascapes: People, Values and Processes. The report was very well received by delegates via the European Broadcasting Union.
- In February, the InnoPSM Network project organized a collaborative workshop on young people and PSM, hosted by the Finnish Broadcasting Company and the University of Helsinki. Please find the report here.
The Public Media Alliance (PMA), in collaboration with the International Association of Public Media Researchers (IAPMR) and the Center for Media, Data and Society (CEU-CMDS) at the Central European University, collaborate on a site for (mostly open access) academic and applied research on public service media:
We want this site to serve everyone interested in PSM
– please share it widely!
From Lizzie Jackson, President
Dear friends and colleagues,
I first encountered RIPE at the RIPE@2004 conference (Mission, Market and Management: Public Service Broadcasting and the Cultural Commons in Århus, Denmark) when I was half-way through my PhD. It’s remained my ‘home’ community and conference since then. I was in awe of the level of scholarship, wondering “how on earth am I going to fit in here”? Later I realized that I felt at home because it’s a unique experience. No other initiative draws together scholars with industry producers, managers, and leaders who are passionate about public service media. As an ex-BBC Editor, turned (very tentative and raw) doctoral scholar, this was the right place. I found experienced scholars who nudged me in the right direction (and they still do).
The RIPE format is unique, designed by Greg Lowe and the Founders very deliberately to create networking and knowledge exchange, something that research councils worldwide are now turning their attentions to. RIPE is ahead of its time. People who attend the RIPE Conferences are very passionate about maintaining the right experience, the quality of scholarship, the right hosting organizations, the topic of the conference, and the book. It all has to be excellent, and it is.
2020 is the 20th Anniversary of RIPE, and much has been accomplished. The conference draws together a really strong international community of scholars and producers, managers, and leaders every other year. This results in the equally successful RIPE@ book series published in collaboration with Nordicom. This was to be THE YEAR to celebrate together. Due to the Coronavirus, we have decided to postpone the conference to 2021 when we can all meet face to face again. It’s just not the same without being able to embrace our friends and drink the habitual toast to each other in some grand, medieval, civic hall. We want to be able to marvel at a state-of-the-art experimental studio or new immersive experience via a VR headset. We need to debate furiously in our workshops, and – lastly – to enjoy the usual illustrated walk through the city. But until then, there’s plenty going on…
Until we meet again, we look forward to seeing you online!
Professor Lizzie Jackson,
President of RIPE/IAPMR
You are receiving this newsletter because you are a member of the RIPE Network and/or its project, the Global PSM Experts Network.
The International Association of Public Media Researchers (IAPMR) will be an association for scholars and industry experts who support Public Media worldwide. It’s a continuation of the RIPE network and, just like RIPE, will feature an online community, a bi-annual conference jointly hosted by a university and their local public service media, and a biannual edited collection of the most world-leading scholarly work for the year of publication.
The activities include:
- Bi-annual conferences
- Related open-access Readers by Nordicom
- Discussions and information exchanges in our social media communities on Facebook and Twitter
The International Association of Public Media Researchers is waiting to have its Incorporation ratified by the German Court in July, 2020. Our new website is being tested and will also launch in July.
We will notify you the soonest of the next steps and will warmly invite you to become a member!