Stories cross borders - and journalists should, too.

Hostwriter is an open network that helps journalists to easily collaborate across borders. We support members at all career levels to raise the quality of media coverage by providing local contacts around the globe. 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 organizations 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.

Our Ambassadors

Ambassadors are featured members who act as local Hostwriter representatives in their country or area of expertise. Click here to find out more and to see the complete list of our ambassadors.

The Founders

Hostwriter was founded in 2013 by three journalists who built the network next to their work as media professionals (from left to right): Sandra Maria Wild, Tabea Grzeszyk and Tamara Anthony.

The Team

Founded by journalists who built up a platform for collaborative journalism

Julia Vernersson

Managing Director

Julia is an NGO professional, focusing on international projects related to media and freedom of expression.

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Mercy Abang

Managing Director

Mercy Abang is one of the most syndicated journalists on the African continent.

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Gabriela Ramírez

Head of Data & Multimedia

Gabriela is a storyteller researching the intersections of journalism, innovation, and product strategy. She holds a Master in Interactive Journalism.

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Zahra Salah Uddin

Head of Communications

Zahra is an Erasmus Mundus Alumna and a freelance journalist interested in cultural reporting.

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Christina Lee

Unbias the News

Christina is a freelance writer and editor interested in travel and migration.

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Judit Csikos


Judit is a project manager focusing on finance and grants, with close to 10 years of experience at various NGOs in Hungary, Austria and Germany.

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Katja Heitmann


Katja is a freelance web developer and a member of 'Reinblau' in Berlin.

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Andy Wilke

Lead Design

Andy is a freelance graphic designer with a focus on branding and user experience.

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Supervisory Board

Since October 2016, Hostwriter has been supported by experts from different fields who foster the strategic development of the organization.

Jutta Freifrau von Falkenhausen

Lawyer and Chairwoman of the Supervisory Board

Maren Heltsche

Web developer and Vice-Chairwoman of the Supervisory Board

Merve Kayikci

Journalist and innovation manager

Aline Abboud

TV Anchor and Journalist

Michael Weber

Financial expert and founder

Eva-Maria McCormack

Executive Director, Strategic Communications, European Climate Foundation

Tabea Grzeszyk

Entrepreneurial Journalist and Co-founder of Hostwriter

Code of Ethics

Hostwriter's philosophy is one of collaboration – both as a practical necessity but also as an ideal. It goes without saying that members are expected to treat each other professionally at 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.