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.

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. Within the global sphere, Andrea is also recognised as a broadcast journalism and cultural arts historian.

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.

Andrea has coordinated over 10 undergraduate journalism practice units and 2 undergraduate journalism studies units, plus 2 Masters journalism practice units and 2 Masters journalism studies units. She has also supervised 2 PhDs to completion; marked or supervised 7 Masters theses and 15 Honours theses.

Research interests, which is interdisciplinary in approach, combining journalism studies with urban studies, musicology and sociology:

Digital and broadcast 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’s main project for 2016: “Journalists as members of the Creative Class”  

To help profile her pending 3rd monograph, The Life, Death and Rejuvenation of the Great Music City, (a case study of Melbourne, Austin and Berlin) and as the only academic appointed to the City of Melbourne’s first Music Strategy Committee (2013-2017), in November 2015 Andrea helped to organise Australia’s first Global Music Cities symposium, to coincide with Melbourne Music Week.

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

In July 2015 Andrea was also invited to present her research about the music city of Berlin at Australia’s 1st 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.

A side project since late 2013 is “Freedom of the press and the Safety of Journalists in the Middle East”.

In 2015 Andrea completed 2nd monograph, titled 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). This monograph was (arguably) the 1st global study about the jailing in Egypt of Al Jazeera English journalists, Australian, Peter Greste, and Egyptians, Fahmy Mohamed and Baher Mohamed.

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 July 2016, Andrea will continue to present her evolving research in this area at the World Journalism Education Conference in Auckland (New Zealand).

Some background:

Andrea has successfully negotiated this research path linking journalism practice to teaching and research, beginning with positions at Swinburne and La Trobe Universities, before starting at Monash University in 2001.

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.

From 2001 to 2010 Andrea developed and coordinated one of the largest and most successful journalism internship programs in Australia. 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 1st 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.

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, the results of which are part of her 3rd (pending) monograph, The Life, Death and Rejuvenation of the Great Music City.

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