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I am an award-winning historian of women’s labour and production in the Australian media industry, and a Macquarie University Research Fellow in the Department of Media, Music, Communication and Cultural Studies. In 2017 I was awarded the biennial Ferguson Prize for Labour History for my article ‘Women journalists and the pretence of equality’ (Labour History, 2015). I was awarded the 2014 Dennis-Wettenhall Prize at the University of Melbourne, for my Phd thesis, on the experiences of Australian women war reporters in World War II. I was the 2004 Nancy Keesing Fellow at the State Library of New South Wales, and a postdoctoral fellow in MMCCS from 2014 to 2016. I have a PhD in Australian History (University of Melbourne, 2014), an MA in Public History (University of Technology, Sydney), and a BA in Mass Communications (Macquarie University). In 2018 I am a British Academy Visiting Fellow at the University of Sussex.

I am the author of Australian Women War Reporters: Boer War to Vietnam (NewSouth, 2015) and the co-editor, with Michelle Arrow and Clare Monagle, of Small Screens: Essays in Contemporary Australian Television (Monash University Publishing, 2016). In 2016 I co-edited (with Justine Lloyd) a special issue of Media International Australia on ‘Gendered labour and media’.  

I have extensive experience in the media and museums sectors as a researcher, writer, curator, oral historian and documentary maker. I produced Holding a Tiger by the Tail: Jessie Litchfield (Earshot, ABC Radio National, 2015), about the Darwin newspaper editor and journalist Jessie Litchfield, and Fler and the Modernist Impulse (Hindsight, ABC Radio National, 2011) about the impact of modernism on the Australian home. I also wrote and directed the television documentary Our Drowned Town (SBS TV, 2001) about the flooding of the NSW town of Adaminaby for the Snowy Mountains Scheme. In 2013 I co-curated the exhibition Life Matters, Action Counts: Michael Callaghan and Collaborators, at the University of Wollongong. I have worked as an oral history interviewer for the Australian Museum, National Library of Australia and the National Film and Sound Archive.

I am Co-Deputy Director of the Centre for Media History. I serve on the General Council of the History Council of New South Wales. I served on the judging panel for the Lowy Institute’s 2017 Media Award.  

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Projects 2017 2019

Media and Time

Baker, J.


Project: Research

Research Output 2009 2018

division of labor
industrial relations

Woman to woman: Australian feminists’ embrace of radio broadcasting, 1930s–1950s

Baker, J. 3 Jul 2017 In : Australian Feminist Studies. 32, 93, p. 292-308 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

media skills
radio program

'Gaps in the national family album': Australian documentaries on the ABC and SBS

Baker, J. 2016 Small screens: essays on contemporary Australian television. Arrow, M., Baker, J. & Monagle, C. (eds.). Clayton, Victoria: Monash University Publishing, p. 79-95 17 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Gendered labour and media: histories and continuities

Baker, J. & Lloyd, J. 1 Nov 2016 In : Media International Australia. 161, 1, p. 6-17 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle



Arrow, M., Baker, J. & Monagle, C. 2016 Small screens: essays on contemporary Australian television. Arrow, M., Baker, J. & Monagle, C. (eds.). Clayton, Victoria: Monash University Publishing, p. vii-xii 6 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingForeword/postscript/introduction


Activities 2015 2015

  • 1 Organising a conference, workshop, ...

The 9th biennial Australian Media Traditions Conference – Soundings and Sightings

Madsen, V. (Organiser), Griffen-Foley, B. (Organiser), Baker, J. (Organiser), Margaret Van Heekeren (Organiser)
3 Dec 20154 Dec 2015

Activity: Organising a conference, workshop, ...