Biography

The academy:

Since joining Monash University’s Journalism section in July 2001, Andrea taught Newsroom Theory and Practice and Online Journalism and been the unit coordinator for Radio Journalism; Broadcast Journalism; Applied Journalism Research Project (internships) and International Journalism field trips to outlets in the USA (2006, 2008, and 2010), UK (2007, 2008, and 2010) and Europe (2007)

Andrea has also coordinated much other journalism practice and journalism studies units from an undergraduate, honours and Masters Levels, such as News and Power, Journalism, city and country and many journalism studies projects.

In 2006 and 2008 Andrea’s teaching of Radio Journalism; Broadcast Journalism, and, Applied Journalism Research Project, was selected to be part of Monash’s Faculty of Arts, Vice-Chancellor’s Showcase of Excellence in Teaching and in 2008 she was nominated for a national teaching award, Hert-B, Best Entrepreneurial Tertiary Educator. Andréa has supervised honours, Masters and PhD theses.

Andréa has also taught journalism and media studies at Swinburne (2000–2001) and La Trobe Universities (2000-2001). She has also held visiting teaching residencies at City University of New York’s (CUNY)’s Brooklyn College (2005) and Hunter College (2009) in New York City (USA); Dolph Briscoe Centre for American History at the University of Texas at Austin (USA), and Freie Universitat’s Institute for Arts and Media Management, Berlin (Germany), both in 2013.

From 2010 to 2012, Andrea was the Journalism Honours coordinator and one of the two Higher Degree Coordinators (HDR) in her school, where she assessed Honours and PhD entries and scholarship applications; organise the school’s three-minute (HDR) thesis competition, bi-annual seminars and chaired confirmations and mid-candidature HDR review panels.

The industry:

Her media career began in the 1990s in Melbourne when she was appointed executive producer of Community Broadcasting Association of Australia (CBAA)’s Women on the Line, Australia’s National Community Radio Women’s News and Current Affairs program, eventually becoming a producer at Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s (ABC) Radio National for Women Out Loud; Background Briefing, Radio Eye; Bush Telegraph; Hindsight, Comfort Zone and The Media Report.

Some links to past work:

http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/mediareport-1999/media-and-globalisation/3520382

http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/comfortzone/orchids-cheese-and-st-kilda-baths/3625078

http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/backgroundbriefing/atsic-just-another-day-of-struggle/3566070

http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/radioeye/april-1999/3557266

Andrea’s radio work has broadcast on SBS, BBC and public radio in USA and Canada.  In 1999 Andréa’s Background Briefing report on ATSIC was Highly Recommended in the Louis Johnston’s Memorial Media Award for Excellence in Australian Indigenous Broadcasting. The 8 part series, ‘Women and Native Title’, which she produced for Women on the Line was a Finalist in Louis Johnston’s Memorial Media Award for Excellence in Australian Indigenous Broadcasting and won the Katherine Davenport Award (USA) for Best Women’s News Story.

In 1996 Andréa won two radio awards for reportage about women’s health issues: State and Suburban Finalist, Victorian Medical Benefits Fund Health and Well-being Awards. Andréa has also worked in community television and had numerous articles published in local, national and international newspapers and magazines.

Editorial Positions

Academic peer reviewer: Journal of Youth Studies (USA)

Academic peer reviewer: Continuum, the journal of media and cultural studies (AUST)

Academic book reviewer: Broadcast Histories, Bloomsbury Press (UK)

Professional Memberships

  • Australian Radio Audio Researchers Association (ARARA)
  • Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance (MEAA)
  • Committee for Concerned Journalists (CCJ)
  • Journalism Education and Research Association of Australia (JERAA)
  • International Association for Media and Communications Conference (IAMCR)
  • St Kilda Live Music Community (SKLMC)
  • Music Victoria (MV)

Industry and Community Engagement

As a freelance cultural arts reviewer for The Conversation.com, her work can be found here:

https://theconversation.com/profiles/andrea-baker-117323

Other examples:

http://artsonline.monash.edu.au/journalism/cultural-imperialism-is-dead-castells/

http://artsonline.monash.edu.au/journalism/sxsw-talkfest-on-global-music-cities/

http://monash.edu/news/show/music-melbourne-and-the-cultural-economy-all-part-of-sxsw http://artsonline.monash.edu.au/journalism/he-value-of-the-arts-a-new-australian-study/

http://artsonline.monash.edu.au/news-events/monash-staff-students-at-melbourne-writers-festival/

Andrea is also 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, and 2013-2017), appearing on radio (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) and contributing to the development of music as a significant part of Melbourne and Australia’s popular culture.

Chair of music panels

Baker, A. (2014).  ‘Global Musical Cities (Melbourne, Austin, Berlin)’, for South  by South West (SXSW), Music and Media Conference, Austin, Texas, USA, 11-15 March (http://schedule.sxsw.com/2014/events/event_MP23484).

Baker, A. (2013). City of Port Philip, ‘Issues in Live Music’ forum, with reps from local council, state government and  music industry, St Kilda RSL, Melbourne, February.

Baker, A. (2012). City of Port Philip’s Meet the candidates, ‘Issues in Live Music’ forum (with 6 local council candidates), The Vineyard, Melbourne, October.

Baker, A. (2012). City of Melbourne’s Melbourne Music Week panel, Music Festivals in Australia, The Hub, Melbourne, November.

Baker, A. (2011). City of Melbourne’s Melbourne Music Week panel, History of Australian Music Journalism, The Order of Melbourne, Melbourne, November.

(http://monash.edu/news/show/going-ga-ga-during-music-week)

Local government committees

Ongoing since July 2013, academic rep on City of Melbourne’s Music Strategy Committee (2013-2017, (Melbourne, Victoria).

Ongoing since October, 2012, academic rep on City of Port Philip’s ‘Roundtable about local cultural policy’ (focus on Live Music issues), (Melbourne, Victoria).

ABC Radio Guest speaker

Baker, A. (2012. Discussing ‘Australian Music Festivals’ for Melbourne Music Week on ABC Radio National Drive Time with Waleed Aly

(http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/drive/drawing-room3a-music-festivals/4422318).

Baker, A. (2011). Discussing the ‘History of Australian Music Journalism’, for Melbourne Music Week on ABC Local Radio Drive time with Dave O’Neil.

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