Building New Worlds - Breaking through the barriers that shape our news
Who we are

Unbias the News is a new remote cross-border newsroom dedicated to showcasing underreported stories with a global relevance.

Meet the Unbias the News team:

Tabea Grzeszyk: Tabea is a co-founder and CEO at Hostwriter and serves as publisher. She is a broadcast journalist with ten years of editorial experience at the German National Radio. She is an alumna of CUNY’s Entrepreneurial Journalism Creators-program and reported on cultural activism as a fellow of the Border Crossers- and IJP Middle East journalism programs.

Tina Lee: Tina is Unbias the news’ editor-in-chief. Originally from the USA, she writes, researches and podcasts about migration, human rights, politics and the far right and has previously worked for Human Rights Watch and the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network. She was editor-in-chief of Unbias the News.

Ankita Anand: Ankita is an India-based cross-border journalist covering environmental and rural stories with an international dimension. Her previous investigations have been supported by Journalism Fund, and she was also a fellow with Tactical Tech’s Exposing the Invisible-Kit, where she contributed chapters, and is now preparing for them a guide+curriculum on collaborative investigations.

Mercy Abang: Mercy is one of the most syndicated journalists on the African continent, focusing on under-reported stories from vulnerable groups. She is an experienced print and broadcast journalist with a massive social media following for her incisive commentary on stories in Nigeria and the region. She is currently completing an MBA.

Purple Romero: Purple is a multimedia journalist who writes about politics, climate change and human rights in the Philippines and Asia. Previous employers include AFP and Rappler, and she has worked as freelance producer for Al Jazeera. She is currently based in Hong Kong.

Wafaa Albadry: Wafaa is an online and broadcast journalist who reported from Egypt until she relocated to Berlin, where her work and contributions appear in several media outlets, including BBC, France 24, and currently works for DW. Jury Prep-committee member of European Press Prize. Co-author of Unbias the News: Why diversity matters for journalism. She reports about women’s rights, culture, and MENA politics.

Zahra Salah Uddin: Zahra is Unbias the news’ engagement editor. Originally from Pakistan, she graduated from the Erasmus Mundus Journalism MA program and has previously worked at Pakistan’s leading English news organizations; Dawn and The News International. Zahra is currently freelancing for various publications on music and culture.

Short Thesis

Unbias the News is a brand new newsroom project by
Hostwriter. In this session, the editorial team will share insights from
their work as journalists & the press we pledge to build. The discussion
includes barriers in international media, our principles as a remote,
cross-border newsroom, and how we aim to create change in the field of


This Twitter Spaces session is a discussion by the Unbias the News editorial team. We are an international, female-run team of remote editors who will discuss barriers in international media, and what shape they come in. The discussion includes important aspects about journalism that we at Unbias the News believe to be crucial for the future of the free press, such as collaboration as a default, saying no to parachute journalism, and giving a chance to upcoming voices to unbias the narrative that currently exists in mainstream media. We will touch upon topics such as what happened in parachute journalism in the most recent case of Myanmar, and also our own editorial principles to unbias the news. Our newsroom has a solutions-based approach to journalism and we will share our method of how we selected story pitches out of the 700 pitches we received, and how that differs from common media practice. We are learning publicly and we want to share with the Republica audience our aim of building a new world and reframing how we look at it.

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