Tortoise is a different kind of newsroom. Not breaking news, but what’s driving the UK and world’s news. Not the news as it happens, but when it’s ready.

To live well in an age when everything moves at breakneck speed, we need to take the time to investigate what’s really going on, to make sense of the forces shaping our future. We're building a journalism that lasts, with a business model that’s responsible and sustainable. Tortoise is blissfully ad-free. We’ll never sell your data. We’re not owned by a proprietor with an axe to grind. We’re independent of political party or commercial agenda.

We are focussed on the Big Fives forces shaping our lives. The 100-year life (health, public policy, living, education), wealth (fairness, investment, prosperity), belonging (society, identity, countries, beliefs, arts), new things (technology, engineering, science) and our planet (geopolitics, environment, natural resources).

We aren’t a news subscription business. Tortoise is built for and with our members. When you join, here's what to expect:
– Access to the Tortoise app: one big story each week.
– Tickets to live events: members can participate in our daily editorial conferences, called ThinkIns
– Sensemaker Daily, our news briefing that cuts through the noise
– The Tortoise Podcast
– The ability to share and save all your favourite stories
– No Wi-fi? No problem. You can read on or offline

Tortoise has created a place, in the real world and the digital one, where you can come, learn and tell us what you think.

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What’s New

Version 1.10

Be part of the #1 biggest journalism project ever on Kickstarter, now with over 27,000 members in 50 countries.

This release introduces a change to the way our app is organised.

Our new Today section takes you behind the scenes in our newsroom, highlighting what we’re currently working on. It’s where you’ll find Sensemaker Daily, our round up of what matters from that day’s news agenda, plus Edith our cartoonist, information about upcoming ThinkIns and other notes from our editors.

The Stories section leads on our big weekly story, an in-depth investigation, packed with original illustration, infographics and photography. Plus you can explore our rich archive of journalism.

Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
1.3K Ratings

1.3K 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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