Andrea Baker


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Summary: Hello, my name is  Dr. Andrea Jean Baker. I am an internationally award-winning journalist, author, journalism educator, and researcher, who holds a Bachelor of Arts (Media and Politics), a Graduate Diploma (Management), and a Ph.D. (Digital Communications).

I am an international expert in radio studies, the safety of journalists, gender, sexual violence in the media and music industries, and music cities.

With extensive experience at a University and Department level, I have been a Faculty of Arts board member for two terms, and held school coordination roles (Undergraduate, Honours, Higher Degree and Research Coordinator) and have been the Acting Head of Journalism. 

I have extensive experience coordinating, developing and teaching in media and communications studies, journalism studies and journalism practice at a tertiary level in Australia, and abroad.

I have published 5 books, and more 75 academic pieces of work (chapters, journalism articles and commentaries), written industries reports for governments and continue to work as a freelance journalist.   

Ph.D.: Drawing on theoretical media reception work, digital ethnography, and mixed method research using (such as SPSS software), for the Ph.D., I surveyed and interviewed college students from the City University of New York (New York City, USA) and Monash University (Melbourne, Australia) about their internet radio consumption. 

Published as a book, Virtual Radio Ga Ga in 2012, my Ph.D. received the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) and Hampton Press (New York) prestigious publication award. Considered the first monograph about the net-only radio phenomenon, my book broke new ground in the internet, digital, and radio studies, in regard to institutional, theoretical subcultural contexts, and digital radio regulatory measures. 

LEADERSHIP: With a post-graduate degree in management, I have extensive leadership and administrative experience within the media and health industries and the university sector. I have been the Undergraduate, Honours, Research Coordinator to Acting Head for the Journalism program; co-coordinator of the journalism internship program, and the School-based, Ph.D., and Masters by Research programs and a member of the Faculty of Arts board for 2 terms.  

RESEARCH: Published widely in relation to digital media studies and journalism practice, I am international known for my research in radio studies, the safety of journalists, gender, sexual violence in the media and music industries, and music cities.

Grants: First as an award-winning journalist, and next as an academic, I have received  $AUD250,000 in funding from the radio industry, local and state government, and university sectors for research projects and journalism productions, nationally and internationally.    

5 Books: 3 monographs (Hampton Press, Australian Journalism Monographs, and Palgrave), and 2 co-edited and co-authored, book collections (Routledge and Palgrave).  

My  2019 monograph, The Great Music City, (Palgrave: London),  considered the first global study of the music cities discourse, was the finalist for 'Best Education/Academic Book' at the  International Book Festival that year. 

In 2022-2023, I am the co-author and co-editor of 2  journalism studies book collections (Routledge and Palgrave) about reporting on different forms of violence in the #MeToo era.  The books are based on an international collaboration with 29 journalism scholars from the UK, USA, Europe, Latin America, India, Japan, Indonesia, Africa, and the Middle East. 

Chapters/Journal articles: Peer-reviewed, 38 chapters (34 solo-authored; 4 co-authored); 18 academic journal articles (15 solo-authored; 3 co-authored) for quality presses; and 1 co-authored, Industry Report for governments about gendered violence in the music industry (140 pages).

Invited Editorial Board member: Q1 journal, Journalism Practice.  

Guest Co-editor of 2, Special Editions for academic journals: Australian Journalism Review's  "Safety of Journalists" (2018), and Journalism Practice's "Sexual Violence & Journalism" in the #MeToo era (2020), based in the U.K. The special editions included international collaboration with 15 journalism scholars from the UK, USA, Europe,  Australia, New Zealand, India, Japan, and Israel.  

Citations in United Nations (UN) Reports: In 2015, I was the only Australian journalist scholar invited to present my research at the UNESCO and UN Meeting Agenda on the Safety of Journalists at a special meeting in Montreal (Canada).  

In 2022, my research articles about the Safety of Journalists have been cited a few times in UNESCO, Academic consultation report and recommendations:10th anniversary of the UN Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity.

In 2022, my research articles about #MeToo and #meNOMore in the music industry were cited in the 2022 UN Report, Mapping the nexus: media reporting of violence against girls and the normalization of violence. A joint report by UNICEF and UN Women.

Conferences/public speaking: I have been the only Australian journalist scholar invited to moderate music media panels at the renowned international music conference, South by South West (SXSW) in Austin, Texas (USA). 

I have also presented regularly in the Journalism stream at the Annual International Association for  Media and Communications Research Conferences (IAMCR), in Barcelona, Paris, Cairo, Mexico City, Hyderabad, Montréal, Madrid, and Kenya; and at the annual conferences organised by the Journalism Education and Research Association of Australia.

2022-2023: Member of panels about "Reporting on Violence against Women in the Global North and Global South at the annual conferences for the International Communications Association (ICA) and Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC). 

2021: co-presented research papers about reporting on domestic violence during COVID-19 lockdowns at the Moscow Readings Conference (Faculty of Journalism, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia); Future of Journalism conference (School of Journalism, Media, and Culture, Cardiff University, Wales) and IAMCR Conference (United States International University, Nairobi, Kenya). 

I have given expert commentary, and written journalism articles for United Nations Women; The New Statesman; Women's Agenda; Yahoo News; Screenhub; The Monash Lens; The, the ABC, SBS Online, The AGE, The Canberra Times;  and the Sydney Morning Herald. 

INDUSTRY: Producing national women’s news and current affairs radio programs during the late 1990s, I won local, national, and international awards for my reportage about women's health and land rights.

UNIVERSITY TEACHING: I have extensive experience teaching media and communications theoretical units, journalism practice, and journalism studies units in undergraduate and postgraduate programs at Monash (and previously at Swinburne and La Trobe Universities and overseas). 

My work has an international lens, having secured research fellowships in Germany (Freie University, Berlin), the City University of New York, and the University of Texas at Austin. I have also given guest talks or commentary in the U.S.A. at Stony Brook University's School of Journalism, and The New School's Eugene College, both located in New York City.  

Teaching Innovation:

1. Derived from my Ph.D. research, in the mid-2000s I helped to set up Australia’s first college-based internet-only radio station, Radio Monash. The station continues to offer radio access and training to youths at Monash University who were unable to gain work in mainstream radio. 

2. In the mid-2000s, I kickstarted the 1st foundational International Journalism field trips in the Australian journalism tertiary sector, taking journalism students on reporting trips to the U.SA., the U.K., and Europe. International journalism field trips are now commonplace in the tertiary sector and won university teaching awards for this unique field trip design. 

3. Embedded Virtual Reality and social media platforms (such as Twitter and Instagram) into course curriculum as a form of storytelling.

4. Advocate of research-led teaching and have published in high-impact journals with undergraduate and postgraduate students.


Research interests

Research interests: Andrea has supervised or examined 12 postgraduate theses and 16 Honours theses to successful completion. She welcomes Masters by Research and PhD supervisions in journalism and communications studies in the following areas:

  • Journalism Practice
  • News and Power 
  • Journalism and Global Change 
  • Visual Journalism 
  • Radio practice and studies
  • Urban communication in the media landscape 
  • Music cities
  • Safety of journalists
  • #MeToo movement
  • Feminist media studies
  • Sexual violence in the media or music industries
  • Misinformation about COVID 19
  • Celebrity journalism 
  • Arts journalism  

Teaching Commitments:

Unit Coordinator and tutor: ATS3645: Journalism and Global Change; ATS2169: Photojournalism. 

Post-Graduate supervision: Accepting Masters by Research and PhDs. 


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

External positions

City of Melbourne’s Music Cities advisor

31 Aug 201331 Dec 2017

City of Port Phillip’s Music Taskforce

28 Feb 201231 Dec 2012

Research area keywords

  • Journalism studies
  • Urban Communication
  • Musicology
  • Gender and media
  • Safety of journalists
  • Radio Studies
  • Media and Communications Studies
  • Cultural Studies
  • Sexual Violence
  • Mixed methods research
  • Arts Journalism
  • Lifestyle Journalism
  • #MeToo movement
  • Feminist Media Studies
  • Digital Media Studies

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