Now more than ever it’s important to have calm, clear journalism you can trust and have a say in the stories we report.

We don’t focus on what’s breaking news, but what’s driving it – across the world. Tortoise brings focus to the Big Five forces shaping our lives: The 100-year life, wealth, belonging, new things, our planet.

As a member you have access to:
• Tortoise Stories: Recent investigations, member letters, letters from lockdown and other long reads
• Daily digital ThinkIns - live, unscripted discussions with Tortoise journalists, members and guest speakers
• The Sensemaker daily email
• Tortoise Today: The slow news feed
• Tortoise Podcasts: Listen in to any number of podcasts
• Tortoise events - digital summits that dive deep into global and local topics, listen and join in the conversation with other members and guest speakers

You can save and store favourite articles to build your own slow news archive, read on or offline at a time that suits you.

At Tortoise we take the time to investigate what’s really going on; to make sense of news, politics and the forces shaping our future. We don’t just report on slow stories – we care about what happens next. With your help, we want to understand the issues and spend time examining the ideas that will make for a better 21st century. Tortoise is built with and for our members and is driven by a collective desire to dive beneath the surface of the daily news.

Our mission is to create journalism that lasts. That means building a business model that’s responsible and sustainable. It means not being owned by a proprietor with an axe to grind. It means being independent of any political party or commercial agenda.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
2.1K Ratings

2.1K Ratings

old man and the sea ,

Sounds great ... Actually it is

I like the ideas behind ‘Tortoise’. Their response to the shallow frenzy of sound bites that characterize current news media, is to turn to carefully considered, well written analyses of the big issues that shape our lives and our world, and to hold ‘ThinkIn’ meetings that allow members and invited attendees to talk about ideas without resorting to ‘question time’ showcasing. It’s refreshing and welcome.

After signing up for the snow newsletter, which give access to some of the topics on offer, I was impressed enough to commit to membership. I am so glad I did.

ThomasJMason ,

Good app for the ‘slow news’ evolution

Even though it’s ‘slow news’, the content changes daily. You can bookmark articles you want to go back to. The biggest downside is the iPad version, which failed to make use of the added screen real estate. Would also be good to have more audio content, or a full audio version, like the Economist. There are not huge amounts of content, so this could be quite manageable to pull off...

Developer Response ,

Hello Thomas,

Thanks so much for the positive rating and review. Audio content is something we're exploring. In our recent story on Saudi Arabia, we included a podcast-style conversation between two of our editors to accompany the written piece. We also provide an audio version of some of our long-reads. It's an area we're increasingly looking into, so watch this space.

Thanks for being a member of Tortoise. We look forward to seeing you at a ThinkIn soon.

Best wishes,

The Tortoise Team

thomasmcconaghie ,

Revie of app, not content

Although it’s tricky to distinguish because the medium of the content delivery is so important. The nature of Tortoise is for slow, considered takes on the world around us. In that regard, the iPad app is brilliant. No noise, just content. The type is beautiful. The amount of images is spot on. And that’s it. It knows what it wants to be and doesn’t indulge in pointless bells and whistles. Every morning at 11am I get the notification and I read. Simple.


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