Hostwriter’s commitment to transparency

As a non-profit organization, Hostwriter is committed to transparency. Please find below the details about what we are doing, where our financial means come from, how we spend them and who is involved in the decision-making process. For any further questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at team@hostwriter.org.

Name, registered address and founding year

Hostwriter gUG (haftungsbeschränkt)
c/o Grzeszyk
Hobrechtstr. 16
12047 Berlin

Hostwriter was founded in Hamburg in 2013

Hostwriter’s complete Articles of Incorporation

Hostwriter’s mission is to raise the quality of international media coverage by providing local contacts to journalists around the globe. Today, major news stories span across borders, and independent, high-quality journalism needs to reflect this. The Hostwriter team sees cross-border collaboration as a tool to overcome national bias and prejudice, ultimately contributing towards better informed, more accountable and democratic societies. In a profession that is increasingly freelance-based and fragmented, Hostwriter aims to provide a sense of solidarity and community for the next generation of journalists. Please find a scan of our complete founding documents below.

Hostwriter's founding documents

Date of Hostwriter’s most recent recognition as a tax-privileged corporation

Hostwriter’s most recent notice from the tax office concerning the recognition as a tax-privileged (non-profit) corporation dates back to October 4th, 2017. Please find a scan of our latest fiscal notice below.

Recognition of charitable status

Names and tasks of the main decision-makers

CO-FOUNDERS
Tamara Anthony, ARD correspondent
Tabea Grzeszyk, freelance journalist (DLF Kultur)
Sandra Zistl, freelance journalist (Welt-Group)

CEO
Tabea Grzeszyk

Head of Communications
Olalla Tunas Martínez

SUPERVISORY BOARD
Tamara Anthony - Co-founder and Chairwoman of the Supervisory Board
Jutta Freifrau von Falkenhausen - Lawyer and Vice-Chairwoman of the Supervisory Board
Maren Heltsche - Data analyst and developer
Simon Tennant - Production Engineering Manager at Soundcloud
Michael Weber - Financial expert and founder

Report on Hostwriter’s activities

Please find our half-year narrative report for 2017 below. The full report will be available in spring 2018.

In addition to our online network, Hostwriter has launched several projects to support cross-border reporting and debate: from organizing affiliate events at the New York Times Athens Democracy Forum to awarding collaborative journalism pieces and promising story pitches with the annual #HostwriterPrize donated by Otto Sprenger Foundation. Hostwriter is also a partner of the Mentoring Program for journalists in exile and colleagues with immigrant backgrounds by Neue deutsche Medienmacher e.V.

Our most recent program is called „The Agora Project“, a temporary European newsroom for ten journalists. During the run-up to the several 2017 elections, the participants were working collaboratively on the topic of polarization in Europe.

Half-year narrative report for 2017

Hostwriter's personnel structure

Hostwriter has two part-time employees: Tabea Grzeszyk, CEO, and Olalla Tunas Martinez, Head of Communications. The team members Katja Heitmann (CTO), Andy Wilke (Design) and Felix Franz (Project Management) are working on a freelance basis.

Hostwriter is supported by the voluntary work of its six supervisory board members and 12 ambassadors who act as local representatives of Hostwriter in their respective regions.

Hostwriter has no marginally employed persons.

Sources of Funding

We will publish audited information on all revenue presented as part of the annual revenue / expenditure or profit and loss account for 2017 in spring 2018. Please find a first overview below.

In 2017, Hostwriter received financial support from the following foundations:

Adessium Foundation

  • institutional support: 50.000 EUR

Advocate Europe

Advocate Europe is an idea challenge for European initiatives realised by MitOst e.V. and Liquid Democracy, funded by Stiftung Mercator.

  • idea challenge: 30.000 EUR
  • impact grant: 7.000 EUR

Tandem Europe

Tandem Europe is an initiative of the European Cultural Foundation and MitOst e.V., supported by the Robert Bosch Stiftung, Fondazione Cariplo foundation and Stavros Niarchos.

  • Production costs: 1.792 EUR
  • Incubation grant: 3.000 EUR

Otto Sprenger Foundation

The German foundation honors the work of Otto Sprenger, a former unionist and employee of the public service broadcaster NDR. Aiming at supporting young journalists, collaboration and social engagement, the foundation has sponsored the "Otto Sprenger Hostwriter Prize for collaborative journalism" since 2014.

  • award money (including bank transfer fees): 5.186 EUR
  • Project Management: 1.500 EUR
  • Call for applications (design costs, newsletter): 705,75 EUR

Hostwriter delivered services as a special-purpose entity:

Neue deutsche Medienmacher e.V.

  • Mentoring Program for exiled journalists and journalists from immigrant families in Germany: 4.250 EUR

Hostwriter received the following donations: 

  • 3.950 EUR

Total revenue in 2017: 107.384 EUR

Application of Funds

We will publish audited information on all revenue presented as part of the annual revenue / expenditure or profit and loss account for 2017 in spring 2018. Please find a first overview below:

Projects and Events

Web development

  • IT and UX-Design: €39.022,81

Team Costs

Outreach and Public Relations: €15.014

  • Felix Franz, freelance Project Manager: €1.500/month

Personnel Costs: €37.456,36

  • Tabea Grzeszyk, CEO, part-time: €2.500 brutto/month
  • Olalla Tunas Martinez, Communication, part-time (since 12/2017): €1.800 brutto/month

Administration

  • Server Costs, office rental, accounting, etc.: €2.129,84

Others

  • External Advise: €24.992,50

Please find our audited financial records for 2016 below. The official records for 2017 will be published in spring 2018.

Financial report 2016

No organizational involvements with any third parties

Hostwriter has no legal organizational involvements with any third parties, no for-profit activities („outsourced service providers“) and no legal ties to any other partner organizations.

Judicial persons with yearly donations over 10% of Hostwriter’s total budget

Adessium Foundation: €50.000

Advocate Europe: €37.000

We certify that all decision-makers meet on a regular basis and that these meetings are protocoled. Questions submitted to our organization are answered within a reasonable time. Our yearly financial records are signed by a Hostwriter decision-maker. In case of examination of our yearly report, compliance with this commitment is checked by our internal test committees, a chartered accountant or financial auditor.