Dr Andréa Jean Baker

andrea-baker-profileDr Andrea Jean Baker is a senior lecturer in journalism within the School of Media, Film and Journalism at Monash University.

Andrea is recognised as a broadcast journalism and cultural arts historian. Her main project for 2016 and 2017: “Journalists as members of the Creative Class”, which is a case study of Melbourne, Austin and Berlin, based on an interdisciplinary approach of journalism studies, urban communication and musicology.

She is an international, award winning radio journalist, who has had contract work, produced various radio documentaries and been a commentator intermittently at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) since 1992.

Andrea has held overseas research residencies at City University of New York, University of Texas at Austin (USA) and at Freie Universitiat in Berlin (Germany).

Teaching: In 2017 Andrea is coordinating 2 large undergraduate units (Lifestyle Journalism and Reporting the Arts Circuit), and the Honours in Journalism program

She has coordinated over 10 undergraduate journalism practice units and 2 undergraduate journalism studies units, plus 2 Masters in Journalism practice units and 2 Masters Journalism studies units.

As a Higher Degree Research Coordinator, Andrea has assessed over 15 PhD applications, supervised 2 PhDs to completion, marked and/or supervised 8 Masters theses and 15 Honours theses.

Research interests: Interdisciplinary in approach, combining journalism studies with urban communication, musicology and sociology.

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

Andrea has been seminal in linking journalism practice to teaching and research:

  • In 2001 Andrea helped to establish Australia’s ‘first net-only student radio station, Radio Monash. This station provided a practice platform for radio journalism students at Monash (and as part of her doctorate research) http://www.smh.com.au/digital-life/into-the-age-of-stream-power-20110830-1jkl7.html
  • From 2001 to 2010 Andrea developed and coordinated one of the largest and most successful journalism internship program in Australia.
  • In 2006 Andrea developed the first international journalism field trips in the Australian journalism tertiary sector, where undergraduate and Master’s students visited media outlets in New York City, London, Paris and Brussels in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2010.
  • In 2009, 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.
  • In 2011 the International Association for Media and Communications Research (IAMCR) and the Hampton Press (New York) prestigious publication series chose her 1st monograph (Virtual Radio Ga Ga: Youths and Net-radio) which was the first monograph commissioned in this series since 2001.

Andrea’s first monograph based on the core findings of her doctorate won this publication award because it made a major contribution to the study of radio technologies, music, youth consumption and alternative media.

  • In 2013 Andrea was the sole academic appointed to the City of Melbourne’s first Music Strategy Committee (2013-2017).
  • In March 2014 Andrea was the only journalism academic to be invited to South by South West (SXSW, Austin, Texas), the largest, most prestigious music and media conference in the world. At SXSW she chaired a panel based on her research, the results of which are part of her third (pending) monograph, The Life, Death and Rejuvenation of the Great Music City.

In July 2015 Andrea was the only Australian academic to present her research about “Freedom of the press and the Safety of Journalists” at the joint Special Session of IAMCR and UNESCO Conference in Montreal (Canada).

  • In November 2015 Andrea helped to organise Australia’s first Global Music Cities symposium, to coincide with the annual Melbourne Music Week.

In 2015 Andrea wrote a feature article, “What turns a city into a music superstar?”, about this symposium for the New Statesman (UK), which compared the music city of Melbourne (Australia) to Reykjavík (Iceland).

Also in 2015 Andrea was also invited to present her research about the music city of Berlin at Australia’s first symposium about UK rock icon David Bowie. The summary of her talk was profiled on the Special Broadcasting Service (SBS) website following the death of the famous musician in January 2016.

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