The RIPE 2018 Conference will be held by the School of Communication of the University of Navarra, under the CICOM 34th, International Communication Conference, a yearly event organized by the School of Communication of the University of Navarra (Spain). This yearly event has been organised jointly with other academic institutions in some editions. RIPE is an acronym for Re-Visionary Interpretations of the Public Enterprise. RIPE is devoted to strengthening collaboration between media researchers and (mainly) strategic managers (i.e. university-industry collaboration). The RIPE network has about 300 members at present. The ninth biennial RIPE conference will be hosted by the School of Communication at the University of Navarra and sponsored by RTVE Spain. The conference will take place at RTVE and the University campus in Madrid from the 18th to the 20th of October 2018.
The RIPE@2018 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.