Sheffield student shares research at Tokyo conference

José Antonio Brambila presenting his paper at the RIPE@2014 conference

A PhD student with the Department of Journalism Studies has presented his work at a high-profile media conference in Tokyo.

José Antonio Brambila gave a paper at the RIPE@2014 conference, which took place from 27 to 29 August. He presented research focusing on the development of public service media (PSM) in new democracies, especially in post-authoritarian countries in Latin America.

As well as presenting his paper, Antonio was invited to participate in the conference's 'comparative panel', discussing PSM in the media landscape in Mexico with other scholars from around the world.

"This is a unique and very important opportunity for me to present my work and to exchange the ideas that derive from it with other colleagues," Antonio said.

Sponsored by the Japanese broadcasting corporation Nippon Hoso Kyokai (NHK), the event – entitled Public Service Media Across Boundaries – was hosted by the Institute for Media and Communications Research at Keio University.

RIPE – Re-visionary Interpretations of Public Enterprise – is an organisation created to promote the tradition of PSM internationally. It now has become one of the most important forums in the world to discuss these issues.

World-class outcomes

Antonio's visit was funded by Open Society Foundations (OSF), with a grant to covers air fares, hotel and registration for the conference. OSF grants are intended to promote the highest quality research in media and communication from around the world.

Professor Martin Conboy, who oversees postgraduate research at the Department of Journalism Studies, said of Antonio's RIPE@2014 appearance: "This is firm evidence that what we have in the journalism department is a thriving environment in which research students are producing world-class outcomes."

Antonio joined the Department of Journalism Studies in 2013. Supervised by Dr Jairo Lugo-Ocando, his PhD work looks at the interaction between the media systems and the political systems from a comparative perspective.