The RIPE international initiative for the development of public service in media (established 2000 in Finland) is an influential global network of academic researchers and strategic managers with expertise in every relevant dimension of PSM. RIPE@Global is a project to develop a global network with the goal of building links with experts in every country where PSM is under development today.

RIPE@GLOBAL aims to connect academic and applied researcher-experts of public service media around the world. It activities include an open access roster of experts, newsletters, as well as an active Facebook group for knowledge exchange.

RIPE, the umbrella network for RIPE@GLOBAL, is an acronym for Re-Visionary Interpretations of the Public Enterprise. The RIPE network is discussing, debating, critiquing and conceptualising what is needed to guarantee public service in media today. This international project is dedicated to reinventing, redefining, and recreating the meanings and practices of public service in media. Although much of the original idea in PSB has continuing relevance despite rapid and sweeping changes, it is clear that conditions, needs and situations are much different and more varied today.

RIPE is devoted to strengthening collaboration between media researchers and (mainly) strategic managers (i.e. university-industry collaboration). The network has about 400 participants at present.

The RIPE initiative is managed by Professor, Dr. Gregory Ferrell Lowe who leads the Media Management programme at the University of Tampere in Finland, a graduate studies programme in the Faculty of Communication Science (COMS). He is Deputy Chair for the World Media Economics & Management Conference (WMEMC) and the RIPE Continuity Director. In that role, Prof. Lowe works to secure the continual development of the initiative in conceptual and practical terms. Prof. Lowe earlier worked as Senior Adviser for Corporate Strategy & Development and  Head of Programme Development at Yleisradio (Yle), the Finnish national public media company.

The ‘RIPE model’ has been developed over the years to:

  • ensure results that benefit both scholarly and practitioner interests
  • encourage discursive engagement and collaboration between the two communities
  • produce a conference experience that is valued by participants for both scholarly and networking experience

The model has two components. The first is a bi-annual conference in the even years and the second is the publication of a RIPE Reader in the odd years. The later features thoroughly developed chapters that originated from selected conference papers, in each case ‘the cream of the crop’ as a cross-section of those that best addressed varied pertinent aspects of the selected theme for each conference.