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Andrea Jean Baker

(She/Her )
Senior Lecturer in Journalism, Monash University

I am an international award-winning arts journalist and currently, a senior lecturer in journalism. As a member of Monash’s Gender and Media Lab, I have published widely in relation to net radio, journalism safety, feminist musicology, and reporting on sexual violence in music and media spaces across the Global North and Global South. I am on the Editorial Board of a Q1 journal, 'Journalism Practice'.

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.

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.

Since 2014, 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).

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).

Since 2018, I have edited two special journal editions about sexual violence and safety in journalism and the author of 5 books (3 monographs and 2 co-authored and co-edited collections) and many chapters and peer-reviewed, journal articles. My research has been published in Australian Journalism Review, Australian Journalism Monographs, Journalism Practice, Global Media Journal, Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies, and the Journal of Radio and Audio Media.

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, 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.

In 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) in Detroit, and Washington D.C. (USA) and Toronto (Canada).


  • 2013–present
    Senior lecturer in journalism, Monash University
  • 2013–2013
    Postdoctoral research associate, Freie University (Berlin, Germany)
  • 2013–2013
    Postdoctoral research associate, University of Texas at Austin (USA)
  • 2008–2012
    Lecturer in journalism, Monash University
  • 2009–2009
    Doctoral research associate, City University of New York (USA)
  • 2001–2007
    Assistant Lecturer in journalism, Monash University
  • 2005–2005
    Doctoral research associate, City University of New York (USA)
  • 2000–2001
    Assistant Lecturer in Media & Communications , Swinburne University
  • 2001–2001
    Assistant Lecturer in Media & Communications, La Trobe Univerisity


  • 2011 
    Monash University , PhD Communications
  • 1995 
    La Trobe University , Graduate Diploma (Management)
  • 1993 
    Swinburne University, Bachelor of Arts (Media and Politics)


  • 2023
    Music-making beyond the pub: Community music and DIY enterprise in maintaining regional music scenes (Gippsland case study), Popular Music and Society. p. 1-20
  • 2023
    Reporting on Violence Against Women in the Global South in the #MeToo era , Palgrave, 1-330
  • 2023
    Youth radio, music cities and the role of urban sociability: Case study of Radio KUT FM (Austin) and Triple R FM (Melbourne), Bloomsbury Handbook of Popular Music and Youth Culture
  • 2022
    Reporting of Sexual Violence in the #MeToo Era, Routledge, 1-222
  • 2021
    The Music Cities Paradigm: Uncovering a Hierarchy of Power and Influence in Neoliberal Music Cities (London, New York City, and Los Angeles) , Oxford Handbook of Global Popular Music
  • 2020
    #metoo 2.0 to #meNOmore: Analysing western reporting about sexual violence in the music industry", Journalism Practice. 14, 2, p. 191-207
  • 2020
    Building on #metoo and #menomore: Devising a framework to examine sexual violence in australian music journalism, Australian Journalism Review. 41, 1, p. 103-116
  • 2019
    The Great Music City, exploring music, space and identity, Palgrave Macmillan, 1-313
  • 2018
    Safety dilemmas, Al Jazeera journalists and Egypt, Australian Journalism Review, 40 (2), pp.15-27
  • 2018
    A note from the guest editors, Australian Journalism Review, 40 (2), pp.5-8
  • 2018
    Melbourne (1835-1927), Birth of a Music City, Journal of Australian Studies, 42 (1),pp. 1-15
  • 2017
    “Keepin’ It Real: Authenticity, Commercialization, and the Media in Korean Hip Hop”, Sage Open, pp.1-12
  • 2017
    Algorithms to assess music cities: Case study—Melbourne as a music capital, Sage Open, pp.1-12
  • 2016
    The Safety of Al Jazeera English Journalists in Africa, Global Media Journal: African Edition, 68-91
  • 2016
    “Music scenes and self branding (Nashville and Austin)”. , Journal of popular music studies, (2) 2, pp.1-22.
  • 2014
    The Best Things in Life Are Free, The Case of Peter Greste and Notions of Press Freedom, Australian Journalism Monographs, Griffith Centre for Cultural Research, Issue 15, Volume 1, pp.1-54.
  • 2014
    “City of Melbourne Music Strategy Supporting and Growing the City’s Music Industry, 2014-2017”, City of Melbourne, pp.1-20.
  • 2012
    Virtual Radio Ga Ga, Hampton Press (New York), pp.1-327.
  • 2012
    Exploring subcultural models of a discursive youth net-radio hierarchy, Continuum (Special Edition: Mediated Youth Cultures), (26) 3, June, pp. 1-14.
  • 2011
    College student, net-radio audiences: a transnational perspective, The Radio Journal: International Studies in Broadcast & Audio Media, 8(2), pp. 121-139.
  • 2010
    College net-only radio: A case study of Brooklyn College radio, The Journal of Radio and Audio Media, 17(1), pp. 1-13.
  • 2009
    Comparing the regulatory models of net-radio with traditional radio, International Journal of Emerging Technologies and Society, 7(1). pp. 1–14.

Grants and Contracts

  • 2021
    Sexual Violence in music cities
    Funding Source:
    Victorian State government & City of Melbourne

Professional Memberships

  • International Communication Association
  • Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication
  • International Association of Media and Communications Research
  • Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance

Research Areas

  • Cultural Studies (2002)
  • Communication And Media Studies (2001)


(2010). Virtual Radio, International Association of Media& Communications Research & Hampton Book Prize (2019).The Great Music City, (Palgrave). Finalist, Best Education/Academic Book, International Book Festival.