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.

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"Hostwriter is a very important platform for journalists to network and collaborate to produce cross-border investigative reports, especially in conflict and war zones."

Meet Hostwriter Ambassador Mohammad Bassiki, a Syrian investigative journalist and editor-in-chief for the Syrian Investigative Reporting for Accountability Journalism (SIRAJ). Watch Mohammad's story about how Hostwriter offers an important opportunity for journalists in the Arab and Levant regions.

Why join Hostwriter?


Get & Give Advice

Use the Hostwriter network to find and share advice on topics of interest with journalists all over the world.


Start collaborating

Search Hostwriter to find colleagues to work with - whether in your hometown or on the other side of the planet. Use our HostWIRE chatroom to find calls for collaboration.


Find accommodation

Over half of our members also offer their couch. Stay with a Hostwriter for your next research trip or journalism conference.

HostWIRE – Your collaboration tool

HostWIRE is our members only tool to help you connect with other journalists and to find and share journalism knowledge and resources. It's a community forum where you can interact quickly and easily with other Hostwriter members on discussion boards and by sending directy messsages and chat. HostWIRE is where we can serve as each other's ”eyes and ears“ on the ground.

Join our community of thousands of journalists from over 100 countries worldwide.

What our members say

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.

By becoming a member of Hostwriter you agree to our code of ethics.

Read the Code of Ethics
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    Giving advice does not mean revealing sensitive sources.

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    Engaging in research is not an invitation to steal someone's story.

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    Sleeping at a colleague's is no free hotel room.

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    Always make sure that the terms of collaboration are clear.