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Subject:

CFP: Public Service Media After the Recession - RIPE@2010 Conference, London 8-11 September 2010

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Media, Communications & Cultural Studies Association (MeCCSA) - Policy Network" <[log in to unmask]>

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Mon, 12 Oct 2009 09:36:03 +0100

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RIPE@2010 Conference
September 8-11, 2010 in London
 
CALL FOR PAPER PROPOSALS
 
PUBLIC SERVICE MEDIA AFTER THE RECESSION
=========================================
 
We are pleased to announce the fifth bi-annual RIPE conference, this time
hosted by the Communication and Media Research Institute (CAMRI) at the
University of Westminster together with the BBC and the Office of
Communications (Ofcom).
 
The recession is feeding trends and conditions that have long been festering
but are now coming to a head for Public Service Broadcasting, and impacting
transition to Public Service Media. Although better times are coming, and
may already be appearing as Œgreen shoots¹, the consequences of changes in
media policy, corporate strategy and industrial arrangements being pursued
in response to the recession are likely to have longer-term implications. As
deficits mount along with rising unemployment and shrinking tax revenues,
governments seem to have less flexibility to support the public sector in
media. As advertising revenue declines sharply commercial firms are lobbying
more aggressively for a share of public funding to offset losses,
threatening to end their unprofitable areas of service provision, and
arguing more strenuously that PSM ought to be restricted to PSB. A public
stressed by economic hardship, unemployment and financial losses are worried
about mounting deficits may be less willing to pay for PSM. Thus, in the
recessionary context challenges that have been simmering for years are
coming to a boil. Media policy, corporate strategy and societal
infrastructure are all in play as a consequence. This conference will focus
on the implications in topical areas of particular importance:
 
1.  Changing Conceptions and Practices in Journalism
=====================================================
* Dynamics and conditions that challenge professional journalism
* Citizen journalism, networked journalism and Œjournalism as conversation¹
* Notions that PSM should be less a producer and more a news curator or
  aggregator
* Trends in blogging, crowd sourcing and wiki practices in information
  production
* Unique attributes and barriers in PSB news provision
 
2.  Changing Patterns of Media Use and Engagement
==================================================
* What is changing and for whom ­ and what is not changing?
* Consumer experiences and expectations of media
* What advertisers understand about audiences, behaviours and media
  consumption that public broadcasters need to understand
* New models of audience ­ emerging ways to understand what media users are,
  and why and how this matters
 
3.  Changing Strategies, Business Models and Sustainability
============================================================
* Challenges in implementing new strategies and the structural and
  organisational consequences of altered strategic directions
* Comparing modes of funding for PSM and evidence of impact on content and
  service
* Pros and cons of alternative arrangements for allocating public funding
* Understanding the economic foundations of PSB as a financial organisation,
  especially economic analyses of these companies
*  Viability of varied options for financing in different platforms and
   genres
*  Pay-for media online ­ where is it working, how is it working, and why
 
4.  PSM and pressures for Localism and Community Services
==========================================================
* The continuing importance of geographic communities for democracy and
  industry
* Identities beyond geographic communities and implications for democracies
  and economies
* Changes in targeting strategies and characteristic modes of address
  complex balance between cohesion and diversity
* Experiments and experiences in public media for local and regional
  government
* Patterns of investment in content, of what kinds and for which groups, and
  why
* The challenges and opportunities of community media specifically relevant
  to PSM
 
5.  Assessments of PSB / PSM Performance
=========================================
* The extent to which criticisms of PSB /PSM companies withstand empirical
  scrutiny 
* Organisational and operational performance indicators and results
* Competition in public service media provision ­ how it works and with what
  results
* Analyses of new instrumentation for governing PSB (e.g. public value test,
  service contracts, contestable funding, external governing boards, etc)
 
6.  Media Policy and Discourse about PSM
=========================================
 
* Assessment of public discourses about PSB / PSM, especially comparative
  research
* The case for and against the historic status quo
* The debate on state aid and evidence related to that
* PSM¹s proper place in the media market today
* Debate over who gets to be a public service provider
* Who deserves to receive public funding, why and on what basis?
* Can societies afford plurality in public service players and contents?
 
SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS
=======================
 
On one page (in English):
 
1     Provide the working title of the paper
2     Include your name, organisational affiliation with location, and
      e-mail address
 
On a second page (in English):
 
1     Working title of the paper
2     An abstract addressing criteria 1-6 listed below
3     The maximum length is 600 words
4     Submissions due on or before January 11, 2010
 
All submissions will be peer reviewed as the basis for acceptance. Reviewers
will assess the proposals using the following criteria:
 
1.     Relevance to conference theme and topics
2.     Conceptual/analytic quality (especially beyond purely descriptive)
3.     Articulated implications for the management of public service
       companies, i.e. relevance to practice
4.     Comparative research is highly desired
5.     Empirical research is prioritised
6.     Generalisability of insights and findings is certainly a factor
 
Sixty papers will be accepted for presentation at the conference. The
conference language is English.
 
Decisions will be taken in February with notification on or about March 1,
2010. 
 
Please send your abstract proposal as an e-mail attachment to:
 
Jeanette Steemers [log in to unmask]
Gregory F. Lowe [log in to unmask]
 
The conference registration fee is £250 for authors. The fee includes meals,
amenities and conference materials. For those attending but not presenting,
the registration fee is £350 and space is limited. The RIPE conference does
not have funds to supplement personal travel costs except for invited
keynote speakers.  A select number of doctoral students can be included and
the fee in these cases will be £180.
 
For more information about the RIPE initiative and the substance of the
previous four conferences, please visit our website:
http://www.uta.fi/jour/ripe/2008/index.html. The 2010 conference web site is
under construction.
 
 

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