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.

Hostwriter works on mobile, too.
Advice

Advice

Use the Hostwriter network to get help quickly and make contacts in areas and organizations you have no current links to.

Collaboration

Collaboration

Search Hostwriter to find colleagues to work with across the world, or on your doorstep, with expertise you need and interests you share.

Accommodation

Accommodation

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 Zistl, Tabea Grzeszyk and Tamara Anthony.

Founders of Hostwriter: Sandra Zistl, Tabea Grzeszyk and Tamara Anthony.

Supervisory Board

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

Tamara Anthony

Tamara Anthony

Chairwoman and ARD parliament correspondent

Jutta Freifrau von Falkenhausen

Jutta Freifrau von Falkenhausen

Vice-Chairwoman and lawyer

Sylke Tempel

Sylke Tempel (†2017)

Former Editor in Chief "Berlin Policy Journal"

Maren Heltsche

Maren Heltsche

Data analyst and developer

Simon Tennant

Simon Tennant

Production Engineering Manager at Soundcloud

Michael Weber

Michael Weber

Financial expert and founder

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.

Funding

Hostwriter has received financial support by the following foundations and programs. For a detailed account, please visit Hostwriter's commitment to transparency.