Journalism studies are a relatively new interdisciplinary field which connects journalism practice with the academy. Since 2000 Dr Andrea Jean Baker has successfully negotiated this research path linking journalism practice to teaching and research, beginning with positions at Swinburne and La Trobe Universities. She joined Monash University in July 2001 and developed an expertise as a journalism internship specialist and a broadcast and journalism studies lecturer. Beginning in 2006 Andrea initiated international journalism field trips (a first in the Australian tertiary sector) where students visit media outlets in New York City, London, Paris and Brussels.
Andrea is also recognised as a music journalism historian and an expert in net-radio. In 2011, the International Association for Media and Communications Research (IAMCR) and the Hampton Press (New York) 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.
In 2001, to provide a practice platform for 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.fm).
Andrea’s doctorate compared the consumption of emerging technologies by journalism students in Australia with that of students in the United States and the relationship to alternative media and music journalism. In 2005 and 2009, Andrea had research fellowships to City University of New York’s (CUNY) Brooklyn College Radio, which housed the first net-only student radio station in the United States.
She has also published widely in the local and international journals and popular press about this topic; and is actively engaged in the broader music community (music promoter, founding member of the St Kilda Live Music Community, City of Melbourne’s Music Strategy Committee, 2013-2015), appearing on radio (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) and contributing to the development of music as a significant part of Melbourne and Australia’s popular culture.
In March 2013 she had a residency at the prestigious, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History at the University of Texas at Austin (U.S) and attended South by South West (SXSW), the largest (and most prestigious) music and media conference (plus festival) in the world. In April 2013, she continued her research at the Freie Universität’s Institute for Arts and Media Management in Berlin (Germany). In both countries Andrea conducted field work for a current project Global Music Cities (Melbourne, Austin, Berlin), the results of which is the subject of a pending book and research grant.
In March 2014, Andrea is welcomed back to South by South West (SXSW), in Austin, Texas as one of the few journalism academics to chair a panel titled, Global Music Cities (Melbourne, Austin, Berlin).
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