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Funding & Transparency

As a non-profit organization, we are 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 hello@unbiasthenews.org.

Unbias the News is a project of Hostwriter, a Berlin-based non-profit organization that helps journalists to easily collaborate across borders. We currently connect more than 6,000 registered journalists in 150+ countries.

Hostwriter gUG (limited liability)
Karl-Marx-Str. 166
12043 Berlin

Hostwriter was founded in Hamburg in 2013.

In 2021, Hostwriter launched Unbias the News as a feminist cross-border newsroom to pursue inclusive public interest reporting. We send a signal against the lack of diverse perspectives in the media industry, in which Journalists of Color, colleagues with immigrant roots or disabilities are dramatically underrepresented.

Here’s a scan of our omplete founding documents.

Hostwriter is recognized as a charitable organization for providing occupational training for journalists and strengthening international understanding and tolerance. Our most recent notice from the German tax authorities concerning the recognition as a tax-privileged (non-profit) corporation dates back to February 8th, 2021.

Here’s a scan of our latest fiscal notice.

Editorial team

Editor-in-chief: Tina Lee

Editors: Mercy Abang, Ankita Anand, Wafaa Albadry (contributing editor), Gabriela Ramírez (Social Media), Purple Romero, Zahra Salah Uddin. Art Director: Andy Wilke

Management team

CEO: Tabea Grzeszyk. COO: Julia Vernersson. CTO: Katja Heitmann.

Please note: The management  will transform in 2022 as part of our commitment to increasing diversity, equity and inclusion within our leadership team.

Supervisory Board

  • Jutta Freifrau von Falkenhausen – Lawyer and Chairwoman of the Supervisory Board
  • Maren Heltsche – Web developer and Vice-Chairwoman of the Supervisory Board
  • Eva-Maria McCormack – Executive Director, Strategic Communications, European Climate Foundation
  • Aline Abboud – TV anchor and journalist
  • Merve Kayikci – Journalist and innovation manager
  • Michael Weber – Financial expert and founder

Unbias the News was launched as a project of Hostwriter with the aim of contributing to more diversity in international reporting. By publishing underrepresented voices, we want to increase international understanding across borders and contribute to the elimination of prejudice and discrimination. Find below our narrative reports since 2018, including previous projects by Hostwriter:

 

Hostwriter has six part-time employees: Tabea Grzeszyk (CEO), Julia Vernersson (COO), Tina Lee (Editor-in-chief) and editors Mercy Abang, Zahra Salah Uddin and Gabriela Ramírez. 

Our international editors Ankita Anand, Wafaa Albadry and Purple Romero as well as lead designer Andy Wilke and CTO Katja Heitmann work on a freelance basis. In addition, we are supported by the voluntary work of 30 ambassadors, who act as local representatives in their respective regions, and six supervisory board members.

We don’t work with any marginally employed persons.

These were our sources of funding in 2020:

 

Philanthropy

  • Robert Bosch Foundation: 100.000 EUR
  • European Cultural Foundation: 17.500 EUR
  • Otto Sprenger Foundation: 6.500 EUR
  • Next Media Hamburg: 3.000 EUR

 

Charitable activities

  • Journalism trainings, etc.: 17.874 EUR

 

Other sources of income

  • Donations: 10.140 EUR
  • Shared office space: 10.050 EUR
  • National Corona aid package (short time work) : 49.568 EUR

 

For previous years, please refer to our audited financial records accessible below (“8. Application of Funds”).

This is how we spent our funds in 2020:

Project costs

  • Hostwriter network, Agora Europe, etc.: 35.989 EUR

Salaries and Wages

  • Personnel costs (including project staff): 158.081 EUR
  • Social security costs: 46.070 EUR

Others (office, server costs, admin)

  • 27.639 EUR
Please refer to our audited financial records for details:

We don’t have any legal organizational involvements with third parties, no for-profit activities („outsourced service providers“) and no legal ties to any other partner organizations.

Financial year 2020

  • Robert Bosch Foundation: 100.000 EUR

Financial year 2021

  •  Luminate: 83.728 EUR ($100,000)
  • Adessium Foundation: 75.000 EUR

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.

Unbias the News is a project of Hostwriter, a Berlin-based non-profit organization that helps journalists to easily collaborate across borders. Hostwriter was confirmed as equivalent to a U.S. public charity by NGOsource. Our Equivalency Determination certification is valid through December 31, 2021, see here.

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