Stories cross borders - and journalists should, too.
Hostwriter is an open network that helps journalists to easily collaborate across borders. We connect colleagues to seek and offer help, whether in the form of story collaboration, local advice or even accommodation. All journalists provide work samples by way of professional verification. Membership is free of charge.
Use the Hostwriter network to get help quickly and make contacts in areas and organisations you have no current links to.
Search Hostwriter to find colleagues to work with across the world, or on your doorstep, with expertise you need and interests you share.
Over half of Hostwriter's members also offer their couch. Travel more for work and stay with a hostwriter journalist for free.
Ambassadors are featured members who act as local Hostwriter representatives in their country or area of expertise.
Apply Now for the Ambassador Summit! Join a global group of ambassadors in September 2018 for an opportunity to network and learn about cross-border journalism in Warsaw, Poland!
Felix Franz is a freelance journalist and producer for the BBC. He developed and managed Hostwriter's Agora Project.
Lulu Ning Hui
Lulu Ning Hui is a Chinese journalist based in Brussels. She is the chief Europe reporter for Globus, Caixin Media.
Prasad Kulkarni is a senior correspondent with Times of India newspaper based in Pune.
Our projects aim to strengthen cross-border collaborations among journalists worldwide.
Hostwriter was founded in 2013 by three journalists who built the network next to their work as media professionals (from left to right): Sandra Zistl, Tabea Grzeszyk and Tamara Anthony.
Since October 2016, Hostwriter has been supported by experts from different fields to foster the strategic development.
Chairwoman and ARD parliament correspondent
Jutta Freifrau von Falkenhausen
Vice-Chairwoman and lawyer
Sylke Tempel (†2017)
Former Editor in Chief "Berlin Policy Journal"
Data analyst and developer
Production Engineering Manager at Soundcloud
Financial expert and founder
Code of ethics
The ethos of Hostwriter is one of collaboration, as both a practical necessity but also an ideal. It goes without saying members are expected to treat each other professionally on eye-level.
Giving advice does not mean revealing sensitive sources.
Engaging in research is not an invitation to steal someone's story.
Sleeping at a colleague's is no free hotel room.
Always make sure that the terms of collaboration are clear.
By becoming a member of Hostwriter you agree to our code of ethics.
Hostwriter has received financial support by the following foundations and programs. For a detailed account, please visit Hostwriter's commitment to transparency.