Andrea is recognised as a broadcast journalism and cultural arts historian.
Her main project for 2016 and 2017: “Journalists as members of the Creative Class”, which is a case study of Melbourne, Austin and Berlin, based on an interdisciplinary approach of journalism studies, urban communication and musicology.
She is an international, award winning radio journalist, who has had contract work, produced various radio documentaries and been a commentator intermittently at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) since 1992.
Andrea is an expert researcher in relation to the convergence of traditional and online journalism. She is also internationally acknowledged as a seminal leader in researching the history and development of net-radio (which was the basis of her PhD); and her research has received citations, local, national and international exposure.
In 2009, the International Association for Media and Communications Research and the Hampton Press (New York) prestigious, publication series chose Andrea's monograph (Virtual Radio Ga Ga: Youths and Net-radio) which was based on the core findings of her PhD, for publication because it made a major contribution to the study of radio technologies, music, youth consumption and alternative journalism.
Andrea has also published widely in the local and international journals and popular press about this topic; and about more broader journalism issues such as press freedom (for example, the Egyptian imprisonment of Australian, (and Al Jazeera English) journalist, Peter Greste, from 29 December 2013 to 2 February 2015.
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, 2013-2017), Andrea also often appears on radio (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) and contributes to the development of music as a significant part of Melbourne and Australia’s popular culture.
In March 2013 and 2014, Andrea was officially invited to South by South West (SXSW, Austin, Texas), the largest and most prestigious music and media conference in the world. In 2014 she was the only journalism academic invited to chair a SXSW music panel. Based on her current research, the panel was titled Global Music Cities (Melbourne, Austin, Berlin) (http://schedule.sxsw.com/2014/events/event_MP23484).
(2010) International Association of Media and Communications Research (IAMCR) and Hampton Press Publication Prize