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Dear reporters, photographers,

writeforuscollageWe are always looking for solid reporters and photographers to join our team. If you are someone who turns in solid work, and on time, takes editing and direction well, is a team player and knows 'your' country well  - and how to craft an appealing pitch for US/European/Australian outlets, read on.

ARA builds relationships with editors and among ourselves as reporters. We pitch stories and answer requests from news outlets for help. We vet our people and hope that by doing so, we provide great journalism so the news outlets keep coming back for our reporters, wherever they are, because we deliver great stories, richly reported, clean copy and on time.

How that works in practice is that you the reporter send story ideas to us. We edit them and brainstorm what outlet is the best fit, send them out and hope for the best. If they get accepted, we let you know, provide length, fee and deadline. You do the story and we edit it before turning it in, bill for you and pay you.

Alternatively, editors call us when they need someone anywhere from Greece to Japan. We find them someone and go to work to get them the best story we can, even if that means throwing three reporters on it to bridge the time difference between Europe and the US.

Since we are essentially a collective, we don't usually take a cut of the story unless we have to put a lot of work into it to get it ready for filing. As a result, you are expected to help out when asked and be a solid team player.

You can download our introduction packet here. To join us, please fill out the forms on the last few pages and email them along with a resume/CV, bio, picture and three clips to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Incomplete applications won't be considered.

  - The ARA team

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The term 'ARA' or 'us' or 'we' refers to the owner of the website whose registered office is Luisenstrasse 41, 10117 Berlin. The term 'you' refers to the user or viewer of our website.

The use of this website is subject to the following terms of use:

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Associated Reporters Abroad (ARA) is an all volunteer organization, self-funded and like many new journalism organizations struggling to make ends meet while we do our jobs. While we have managed to be self-sustaining, we would welcome funding to upgrade our website and other infrastructure, pay for reporting trips to underserved regions and expand our network even more.

If you wish to support our work, you can do so in two ways:

- We are in need of volunteers for a variety of administrative tasks. Call us for more information +49 30 27890186 or write to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

- Make a donation by sending a US check to:

Associated Reporters Abroad, Fuerbringerstrasse 19, 10961 Berlin, Germany 

or transfer donations directly to our account:
Skatbank, Associated Reporters Abroad, Account number: 4561937; BLZ: 83065410

Thank you!

The ARA team

How does ARA work?

How do I assign a story?

Will I be able to work with the writers directly?

Who will I invoice?

How much does it cost?

What will the byline be?

In terms of turnaround time, what can I expect?

What kind of media does ARA work in?

Which regions does ARA cover?

Does ARA provide content in any other language besides English?

How does ARA work?
ARA supplies media outlets with original written features, audio, video and photography ‘made to order.’ Interested editors can select from the story pitches on our website or from our weekly advisory, or call us if there is a specific story desired that is not listed.
Afterward, we will assign the story to a reporter and notify the editor of their direct contact details.

How do I assign a story?
Click on the story pitch and it will bring you to our assignment desk page with our contact details. You are welcome to telephone, email or fill out an assignment form.

Will I be able to work with the writers directly?
Yes. ARA encourages close cooperation between reporters and assigning editors.
Who will I invoice?
ARA directly.
How much does it cost?
It depends on the medium, length and complexity of the assignment and also whether the outlet desires to hold the copyright. Please contact us for further details.
What will the byline be?
Usually the reporter’s name. If the news outlet desires it, they may use Associated Reporters Abroad or ARA also.
In terms of turnaround time, what can I expect?
That is up to the client and depends also on the type of story. We encourage deadlines to be negotiated at the time of assignment. Stories can range from a one-day turnaround to several weeks or even months depending on length.
What kind of media does ARA work in?
We provide content for print, online and electronic media as well as photography and video.
Which regions does ARA cover?
Our clients can arrange for us to cover a story anywhere in Europe. For other regions such as North Africa or the Middle East, we can arrange coverage on request.
Does ARA provide content in any other language besides English?
Generally, no. Although on request, we can arrange to provide content in French, German and Spanish.


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Ethics guidelines

Associated Reporters Abroad (ARA) aims to provide our clients with services that meet the highest standards of journalism. It is the responsibility of all journalists in our network to gather and report information accurately, honestly, fairly, respectfully and impartially. All journalists must be free of obligation to any interest other than the public’s right to know.

ARA's mission will not permit bias through distortion, withholding, or manipulation of facts or elements of stories. Because facts can be subject to different interpretations, ARA strives to present all information in an ethical manner that conveys – fairly and honestly – the widest range of views applicable.

All journalists working for the ARA Network accept these standards and will:

    • Strive to present our print, broadcast and multimedia news material in a way that is balanced, accurate, and fair to ensure and maintain public trust.
    • Evaluate information solely on its merits as news, rejecting sensationalism, or misleading emphasis in any form.
    • Clearly label opinion and commentary.
    • Promptly acknowledge and correct errors of fact, bias or omission.
    • Avoid making false representations to obtain materials from those who might otherwise object to providing them.
    • Protect confidential sources. Contributors should only promise confidentiality only with the intention of keeping that promise, and do so only in cases of absolute necessity.
    • Accurately attribute material and quotes and never plagiarize.
    • Avoid stereotyping by race, gender, creed, age, disability, sexual orientation, physical appearance or social status except in cases when it is relevant.
    • Inform news sources when conversations or interviews are being recorded.
    • Avoid undercover or other surreptitious methods of gathering information except when traditional methods will not yield information vital to the public. Identify themselves as a journalist, avoid posing as anyone else.
    • Not, except in exceptional circumstances, submit questions in advance for an interview, and avoid having quotes or parts of stories released to your sources before publication or broadcast. Individual quotes may be read back to a source to assure accuracy.
    • Be sensitive when seeking or using interviews or photographs of those affected by tragedy or grief or when gathering and reporting information may cause harm or discomfort.
    • Recognize that private people have a greater right to control information about themselves than do public officials and others who seek power, influence or attention.
    • Understand that only an overriding public need to know can justify intrusion into privacy.
    • Respect everyone’s right to a fair trial but balance it with the public’s right to be informed. Be cautious about identifying juvenile suspects or victims of sex crimes.
    • Avoid conflicts of interest, real or perceived.
    • Remain free of associations and activities that may compromise integrity or damage credibility. Resist pressure by advertisers and special interests to influence news coverage. Make no promises to report or promote materials without true news value.
    • Refuse gifts, favors, fees, free travel and special treatment, and shun secondary employment, political involvement, public office and service in community organizations if it will compromise journalistic integrity.
    • Avoid misleading re-enactments to tell a story; if it is necessary to stage a re-enactment, clearly label it as such.

ARA consulted the US-based Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) Code of Ethics to draft this code, and has incorporated parts of it into these ethical guidelines for contributors and partners.

Our guidelines can be downloaded here.

A copy of the SPJ guidelines is available at the Society of Professional Journalists website.

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The Team


jabeen bhatti

Jabeen Bhatti

Managing Editor

Jabeen has worked as a journalist in the US and abroad for more than two decades, writing for dozens of news outlets including the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Bloomberg, The Washington Times, The Washington Post. Originally from the Washington, DC area, Jabeen has lived in Poland, Denmark, South Korea, Germany and France. Jabeen holds a MS from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and was a Fulbright scholar in 2006. She speaks German, with a working knowledge of French, and has studied Russian and Danish. She founded ARA in 2008.

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John Dyer

Deputy Managing Editor

John has been a reporter, editor and lecturer for more than a decade. Most recently, he’s worked for Newsday, the Boston Globe and the New York Post. He worked as a foreign correspondent in the Balkans for years and was a fellow at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at Oxford University.


Jacob Wirtschafter

Assistant Editor / MENA

Jacob Wirtschafter has been a foreign correspondent based in the Middle East for decades, writing for publications such as USA Today, The Washington Times and Monocle. Previously, he served as managing editor of Syria Direct in Amman, deputy bureau chief for ABC News in Jerusalem and the editor-in-chief of Business Monthly in Cairo.

Eros Banaj

Eros Banaj

Manager, Editorial Operations

Eros has almost a decade of experience in international organizations including the United Nations, handling operational duties, research, social media and content production. In addition, he has contributed to breaking news coverage for major American publications and continues to write on news and scientific stories for DailyChatter. He speaks Albanian, English and German, and has working knowledge of Italian. He holds an LLB in Law from the University of Tirana in Albania, and an MA in International Relations from Babes Bolyai University in Romania.

Jennifer Mizrahi

Jennifer Mizrahi

Manager, Business Operations

Jennifer has worked as a manager for over 20 years in multiple industries including: retail, construction, real estate, telecom, and media. She has a strong focus on increasing efficiencies and being a change agent to grow business.  Her list of responsibilities with ARA include overseeing the bookkeeping department and evaluating company needs. Jennifer is an American and resides in America.  Her native language is English, and she is also proficient in conversational Spanish. She has a BA in Marketing from Michigan State University.


harald franzen

Harald Franzen


A native of Germany with almost two decades of reporting experience in the US and Europe, Harald has worked in print, television and online media and as a photojournalist. Specializing in science and technology writing, his work has appeared in Scientific American, Popular Science, Life Magazine, The Associated Press, Der Spiegel, and Vanity Fair Germany. Harald's photos have appeared in Newsweek, The New York Times, Stern, Business Week, New York Magazine, the Washington Times and People. Harald holds a masters degree from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and speaks English, French, German, Spanish and basic Italian.

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Sumi Somaskanda


Sumi has worked as a reporter, anchor, radio and television journalist and producer for various media outlets in the US and Germany. Her work has appeared on WYCC Chicago, NY1, WLIU radio, Vermont's WCAX and Capital News 9 (YNN), and she also co-produced an award-winning documentary on autism. She served as a lead news producer at Current TV before moving to Germany, where she currently anchors at Deutsche Welle TV in Berlin. Her print work has appeared in The Washington Times and Global Post. She holds a masters from Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and speaks German, Spanish and Tamil.

thomas marzahl

Thomas Marzahl


Thomas is an American print and radio journalist who has worked abroad for most of the past two decades, in Germany, and France. His work has appeared on Deutsche Welle, AFP, the BBC and National Public Radio among others, with reports ranging from India and Japan to West Africa and across Europe. Thomas specializes in politics, business and culture reporting and speaks French and German.

 michael levitin

Michael Levitin


A print journalist specializing in arts & culture, environment, politics and travel writing, Michael worked in Bolivia, the Czech Republic, Puerto Rico and Spain before landing in Germany. His work has appeared in Newsweek, The Financial Times, The Los Angeles Times, Forbes, Slate, The Walrus, The International Herald Tribune, US News & World Report and The Daily Telegraph. A native of northern California, Michael holds a masters degree from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and speaks Spanish and German.


Hauke Saathoff

Hauke is a communications and IT specialist who has co-founded several consultancy companies and worked as brand manager for EnBW, a major German utilities company. He is responsible for the design and development of ara-network.com and has supported ARA with its strategic development. Hauke majored in marketing, business, computer science and advertising psychology at the University of Rostock.

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