Andrea Baker


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Dr Andrea Jean Baker is a senior lecturer in journalism in the School of Media, Film and Journalism at Monash University. She is also the Undergraduate Coordinator for the Journalism program.

Previously, Andrea was a coordinator of the School of Journalism and Australian Studies‘ PhD and Honours programs. 

She has taught extensively across journalism practice and journalism studies units, from Undergraduate, Masters and PhD programs at Monash (and previously at Swinburne and La Trobe Universities). 

In 2006 Andrea began the first, foundational International Journalism field trips in the Journalism tertiary sector in Australia, travelling to the USA, UK and Europe. 2006 (New York City); 2007 (London, Brussels and Paris); 2008 (London  and New York City), and 2010 (London and New York City). Now International Journalism field trips are common place in the sector. 

Andrea is recognised as a radio and music journalist. While producing national women’s news and current affairs radio programs, during the late 1990s, she won local, national and USA awards for her radio reportage about women's health and land rights.

As a journalism studies scholar, she has published international radio research linking interdisciplinary areas, such as Urban Music History, Digital and Urban Communication, Musicology, Safety and Gender.

Academic research outputs include 2 academic monographs, co-editor of 2 special journal editions (Australian Journalism Review; Journalism Practice), 17 academic journal articles; more than 20 non-traditional research articles, and extensive commentary in the media. 

Published in March 2019, Andrea’s 2nd book, The Great Music City (Palgrave Macmillan, London), was this year's Finalist in the USA-led, International Book Awards in the category: Education/Academic. The monograph is this first international, comparative study about the music cities paradigm in the contemporary space. Across 15 chapters, and based on an algorithm that Andréa devised, the book explores  the music, space and identity of various music cities, such as London, Los Angeles, New York City, Melbourne, Austin and Berlin. 

In 2012 the International Association for Media and Communications Research and the Hampton Press (New York) prestigious award series chose Andrea’s 1st monograph, 

Virtual Radio Ga Ga: Youths and Net-Radio for publication, which was the 1st monograph (comprising of 12 chapters) commissioned in this series by a journalism, media and communications scholar since 2001.

In 2013 Andrea was appointed the foundational, academic representative on the City of Melbourne’s Music Strategy Committee; and has presented or chaired panels about global music cities, in 2013 at International Association for the Study of Popular Music, Australia  New Zealand; in 2014 at South by South West Inc., and in 2015 at Australia’s first national symposium about music cities, which was held in Melbourne. 
Using Melbourne as a case study, in 2017 Andrea designed an algorithm to assess music activities in urban contexts, which was published by Sage Open. In April 2018 she participated on an academic panel, “The Impact of Cultural Policy on Music Cities” for the now biannual ‘Music Cities Convention’. It was the first time the convention was held in the Southern Hemisphere.

As an international, award winning radio journalist, Andrea 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).


Research interests

Research interests, PhD, Masters and Honours, Supervisory areas:

  1. Media histories and mixed methods analysis
  2. Urban communication, technology and creative arts (main focus, music) 
  3. Alternative media and arts journalism

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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

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Sexual Violence and the Music Industry

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Project: Research

City of Melbourne, Music Planning Committee

Baker, A.


Project: Consultancy

Music Cities (Melbourne, Austin and Berlin)

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Project: Research

Research Output

#metoo 2.0 to #meNOmore: Analysing western reporting about sexual violence in the music industry"

Baker, A., Williams, K. & Rodrigues, U. M., 2020, In : Journalism Practice. 14, 2, p. 191-207 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Editorial: Sexual Violence and Journalism

Baker, A. & Rodrigues, U. M., 28 Feb 2020, In : Journalism Practice. 14, 2, p. 129-131 3 p., 1.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorialOtherpeer-review

Building on #metoo and #menomore: Devising a framework to examine sexual violence in australian music journalism

Baker, A. & Williams, K., 28 Jun 2019, In : Australian Journalism Review. 41, 1, p. 103-116 14 p., 13.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

2 Citations (Scopus)

The Great Music City: Exploring Music, Space and Identity

Baker, A. J., 2019, 1 ed. Cham Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan. 329 p. (Pop Music, Culture and Identity)

Research output: Book/ReportBookResearchpeer-review

A note from the guest editors (Safety of Journalists)

Baker, A. J., Murrell, C. & Martin, F., 15 Dec 2018, In : Australian Journalism Review. 42, 1, p. 5-8 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorialOtherpeer-review


Entry into Jane Jacobs Book Award (2019)

Andrea Baker (Recipient), 31 Aug 2019

Prize: Honorary degree

Finalist, International Book Awards

Andrea Baker (Recipient), 12 Jun 2019

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Judge of the Journalism Research and Education Award

Andrea Baker (Recipient), 8 Jul 2019

Prize: National/international honour


  • 14 Peer review responsibility
  • 12 Contribution to conference
  • 5 Contribution to workshop, seminar, course
  • 2 Editorial responsibility

Palgrave Macmillan (Publisher)

Andrea Baker (Peer reviewer)
7 Sep 20197 Dec 2019

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPeer review responsibility

Journalism Practice (Journal)

Andrea Baker (Guest editor)
10 Jan 201927 Feb 2020

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPeer review responsibility

IGI Global (Publisher)

Andrea Baker (Guest editor)
1 Feb 201930 Jun 2019

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPeer review responsibility

International Association of Media and Communications Research 2019

Andrea Baker (Speaker)
7 Jul 201911 Jul 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to conference

Melbourne Music Week

Andrea Baker (Session chair)
18 Nov 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to conference

Press / Media

What makes Melbourne cool?

Andrea Baker


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Musical city: Why is Melbourne Australia’s coolest city?

Andrea Baker


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Article/Feature

What makes a city musical?

Andrea Baker


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Gender and music festivals

Andrea Baker


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

What makes a city a 'music city'?

Andrea Baker


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment