Dr Andréa Jean Baker

  • Dr Andrea Jean Baker is an international, award winning radio journalist of over 20 years. She is also recognised as a broadcast journalism and cultural arts historian.

    Andrea’s two main projects for 2015 include:

    To help profile her second monograph, The Life, Death and Rejuvenation of the Great Music City, and as the only academic appointed to the City of Melbourne’s first Music Strategy Committee (2013-2017), Andrea is helping to organise Australia’s first Global Music Cities symposium, to coincide with Melbourne Music Week in November 2015.

    In 2015 Andrea is also completing the first global study about the jailing in Egypt of Al Jazeera English journalists, Australian, Peter Greste, and Egyptians, Fahmy Mohamed and Baher Mohamed. Part One of this study was published as The Best Things in Life Are Free, the case of Peter Greste and notions of Press Freedom) for the Australian Journalism Monograph series, (2015 Volume 15, Issue 1 issue).


    The best things in life are free: The case of Peter Greste and notions of press freedom


    Some background:

    Journalism studies are a relatively new interdisciplinary field which connects journalism practice with the academy. Since 2000 Andrea has successfully negotiated this research path linking journalism practice to teaching and research, beginning with positions at Swinburne and La Trobe Universities.

    Joining Monash University in July 2001 Andrea has developed an expertise as a broadcast, cultural arts and journalism studies lecturer.

    In 2001, to provide a practice platform for radio journalism students at Monash (and as part of her doctorate research) Andrea helped to establish Australia’s ‘first’ net-only student radio station, Radio Monash (www.radiomonash.net).

    From 2001 to 2010 Andrea developed and coordinated one of the largest and most successful journalism internship programs in Australia.

    Beginning in 2006 Andrea developed the first international journalism field trips in the Australian tertiary sector, where students visit media outlets in New York City, London, Paris and Brussels (http://adm.monash.edu/records-archives/archives/memo-archive/2004-2007/stories/20070718/journalism.html).

    In 2009, and based on her PhD, Andrea completed the first transnational study linking the history and development of net-radio (Australia and the USA), which has been critically acclaimed in the radio studies sphere.

    The International Association for Media and Communications Research (IAMCR) and the Hampton Press (New York) prestigious publication series chose her monograph (Virtual Radio Ga Ga: Youths and Net-radio) which was based on the core findings of her doctorate, for publication because it made a major contribution to the study of radio technologies, music, youth consumption and alternative media (http://monash.edu/news/show/going-ga-ga-during-music-week).

    In 2013, Andrea began a seminal study of Global Music Cities, such as Melbourne, Austin and Berlin, which is primarily based on journalism and collective memory. In March 2014, she was the only journalism academic to be officially invited to South by South West (SXSW, Austin, Texas), the largest, most prestigious music and media conference in the world, to chair a panel based on her research. (http://schedule.sxsw.com/2014/events/event_MP23484) the results of which are part of her second (pending) monograph, The Life, Death and Rejuvenation of the Great Music City.

    International research fellowships:

    Andrea has had four sabbaticals overseas, two at the City University of New York’s (CUNY) Brooklyn College Radio (2005, 2009) which housed the first net-only student radio station in the United States. In March 2013 Andrea secured a research residency at the prestigious, Dolph Briscoe Centre for American History at the University of Texas at Austin (USA) to study global music cities. In April 2013 she continued her research at Freie Universitat’s Institute for Arts and Media Management in Berlin (Germany).

    Andrea’s research interests are wide ranging across the practice and theory of journalism:

    Digital and broadcast histories; global journalism and notions of press freedom, urban and regional press, alternative/radical media, arts journalism; cities as musical capitals, journalists as the creative class.

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