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Here's three reasons to try the Tortoise app:
- it's free via a 30-day trial, and was awarded Apple’s ‘app of the day’ three times in 2020
- access live editorial events, called ThinkIns
- access all of our journalism, including audio investigations, long reads and our daily email

Live editorial events – ThinkIns:
Get unlimited access to live, interactive events with extraordinary experts. Have your say alongside our editors and invited guests on a range of topics. Guests this year have included Lemn Sissay, Tony Blair, Nicola Adams, Greg James, Elizabeth Day, James O'Brien George the Poet, and many more.

Long reads and investigations:
Slow down and wise up with investigative journalism from Tortoise journalists and contributing writers. Tortoise brings focus to the Big Five forces shaping our lives: the 100-year life, wealth, belonging, new things, our planet.

Award-winning audio stories and podcasts:
Get our weekly podcast, the Slow Newscast, every week in the members' app. There's also the Editor's Voicemail – our co-founder James Harding's take on the week just gone. We're working on more podcasts for the coming months so watch this space.

Sensemaker email:
Our daily newsletter is delivered straight to your inbox or in the members' app. Clear, calm analysis on the stories that matter most right now. Get opinion and an inside take from contributing writers (we recently had Bill Gates write on vaccine distribution).

About us:
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.
In short, it’s about belonging to something rather than just paying for it. We don’t take ads, and we’ll never sell your data.
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What’s New

Version 1.17

We've got a brand-new audio player so you can listen to our audio stories and podcasts more easily.

We’re working constantly to improve our app, listening to what our members have to say to help build a different kind of friendly, open newsroom.

Download the app and enjoy a 30-day free trial. We’d love to welcome you as one of our members.

Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
139 Ratings

139 Ratings

Mistershabba ,

What the world needs...

I am, as many others are I presume, time poor. I don’t have time for the barrage of news that interrupts my day. All contradicting itself. I need a well-informed friend to tell me what’s what, in just the right amount of detail so that I actually learn something instead of superficial fast news that can’t keep up with itself. I only need to know about the stuff that matters. Tortoise is my new digital friend in the know in that respect. An antidote to fake news, and much like noise cancelling headphones amidst the cacophony of media noise. Bravo team. Keep slow and carry on

Man in the Arena ,

Journalism we need now

I am an American who supported this new journalistic approach through Kickstarter. I appreciate the unvarnished approach and it’s attempt to tell a truth that needs to be heard.

Traceypr ,

Clickbait titles “Here’s Why”

Omg I’m so sick of these kinds of titles. First story I opened. Title includes “Here’s why”
Makes me want to slam my phone down, bc I got suckered into downloading the app. Deleting right away!!!


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