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I am a historian and documentary maker in the Department of Media, Music, Communication and Cultural Studies, and a Macquarie University Research Fellow from 2017 to 2020. My research focuses on the history of women’s labour and production in the Australian and British media industries.  In 2018-19 I was a British Academy Visiting Fellow at the University of Sussex, where I worked on the AHRC-funded 'Connected Histories of the BBC' project. 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), and was awarded the 2014 Dennis-Wettenhall Prize at the University of Melbourne, for my Phd thesis about 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. 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).

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). I co-curated (with Kate Murphy) the '100 Voices That Made the BBC: Pioneering Women' website, for the BBC and the University of Sussex. With Kate Murphy and Kristin Skoog, I co-edited the 'Transnational Broadcasting' issue of Feminist Media Histories (2019), and with Justine Lloyd I co-edited a special issue of Media International Australia on ‘Gendered labour and media’ (2016).  

I have extensive experience in the media and museums sectors as a producer/director, researcher, writer, curator, and oral historian. 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 was Deputy Director of the Centre for Media History from 2016-2019. I served on the General Council of the History Council of New South Wales, and on the judging panel for the Lowy Institute’s 2017 Media Award.  

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Baker, J.


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Research Outputs

Australian women working in British broadcasting in the 1930s and 1940s

Baker, J., Jul 2019, In : Feminist Media Histories. 5, 3, p. 140-167 28 p.

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    'Glorified typists' in no-man's land: the ABC script assistants' strike of 1973

    Baker, J. & Connors, J., 23 Dec 2019, In : Women's History Review. 19 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Australian women in advertising in the twentieth century

    Baker, J., May 2018, In : Labour History. 114, p. 231-232 4 p.

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    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.

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  • Prizes


    • 2 Organising a conference, workshop, ...

    'Gendered labour, technology and the media'

    Jeannine Baker (Organiser)
    11 Jan 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventOrganising a conference, workshop, ...

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

    Virginia Madsen (Organiser), Bridget Griffen-Foley (Organiser), Jeannine Baker (Organiser), Margaret Van Heekeren (Organiser)
    3 Dec 20154 Dec 2015

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventOrganising a conference, workshop, ...

    Press / Media

    Bumpy ride for women at the BBC

    Jeannine Baker


    1 Media contribution

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