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[ecrea] RIPE@2018 > Universalism and Public Service Media

Fri Feb 09 17:50:23 GMT 2018


*18 – 20 October in Madrid, Spain*


*_Universalism and Public Service Media_*

We are pleased to invite paper proposals for the ninth biennial RIPE conference that will be hosted by the School of Communication at the University of Navarra and sponsored by RTVE Spain.The conference will take place in Madrid.

The conference theme focuses on challenges and opportunities in achieving the universal service mission in the era of media abundance. The principle of universalism has four dimensions: 1) access and reach, 2) genres and services, 3) relevance and impact, and 4) financing with attendant obligations. Providing universal service is a legal requirement for PSM that has crucial importance for the potential of the enterprise to cultivate enlightenment, encourage social cohesion, and provide a fair, full and equitable range of media services. How practical is this aspect of the PSM mission today? What is outdated in our understandings? What remains as vital as ever – perhaps more so today? What does universalism mean now, and what are the implications? Can universalism be accomplished in each of the four key dimensions, and if so how?

Older audiences still rely on linear broadcasting in most countries, while younger people increasingly prefer online services. The core challenge is how to develop the PSM remit and transform public service in media for all audiences – and not only as ‘audiences’ per se. Beyond generational differences, PSM must deal more effectively with both identity differences and shared needs among people in multicultural societies, especially between majority and minority communities with diverse cultures and social experiences. Moreover, while the national purview of PSM is still extremely important, international sources of supply proliferate, demand is increasingly variable, and regional pressures are growing within nations.

This contextualises complications involved with achieving the universalism mission in the 21^st century, and underlines the need for a thorough rethinking of what that means and how what is most relevant today can be achieved in practice. The following aspects are especially important and will comprise the workgroup structure for the conference:

*1. Rethinking the universalism mission in PSM*

*2. The nature and variety of publics, and implications for PSM***

*3. The nature and value of PSM services*

*4. PSM cross-platform publishing and distribution strategies***

*5. Organisational restructuring and management in PSM***

*6. Governance, accountability and funding for PSM*


Paper proposals will be peer reviewed:

üOn page 1, provide the paper’s working title, the author/s and contact information.

üOn page 2 repeat the title but exclude author/s identification. Provide an extended abstract (max 700 words) addressing seven elements for evaluation (below)

üAt the top of page 2 indicate which two workgroups offer the best fit.

Please submit your proposal as a Word file at this link:

(The file will be converted to a PDF file for peer review, without page 1).

The evaluation criteria are:

1.Relevance to the conference theme

2.Main research question(s) and what is new or original

3.Theories used and general approach

4.Research methods and design (for empirical papers)

5.Core argument (for philosophical papers)

6.Key findings and implications for theory

7.Relevance for PSM management and practice

*Submissions are due 2 April. Decisions about acceptance will announced on 30 April. Completed papers are due on 1 October 2018.*//

The conference happens over 2.5 days with a welcoming reception the night before the first day and the inaugural RIPE General Assembly on the afternoon of the third day. The GA will deliberate on a new leadership structure for the initiative going forward. The conference language is English.

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