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.

Advice

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

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

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.

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

Strategic Communications Consultant

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.

The Team

Founded by journalists who built up a platform for collaborative journalism

Tabea Grzeszyk

CEO

Co-founder Tabea works for the German National Radio programme DLF Kultur.

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Julia Vernersson

COO

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

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Katja Heitmann

CTO

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

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Zahra Salah Uddin

Member Engagement

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

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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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Christina Lee

Unbias the News

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

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Funding

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