We’re building a different type of newsroom, for a slower, wiser news.

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Slow journalism from award-winning writers

Three women, homeless.

Untold stories from unseen women.

Why this story?

“Life on the streets is even harder for women. Three of them tell their stories.”

David Taylor

The gut.

The medicine cabinet inside us all.

Why this story?

“Do the bacteria inside our gut hold the key to a new world of medical science?”

Peter Hoskin

Tech Nations.

If Apple were a country.

Why this story?

“Big tech companies are as powerful as most countries. It’s time we treated them as such.”

Basia Cummings

Our planet.

Geopolitics. Environment.
Natural resources.

Why this story?

“Can we really off-set carbon emissions and prevent climate catastrophe by planting a trillion trees?”

Giles Whittell


Society. Identity.
Countries. Belief. Arts.

Why this story?

“To understand Boris Johnson we need to understand Steve Bannon, the self-appointed father figure of right-wing nationalism.”

Matt d’Ancona

100 year life.

Health. Public policy.
Living. Education.

Why this story?

“Governments have the power to separate children from their parents, and they’re doing so more and more often. Why?”

Polly Curtis


Fairness. Investment.

Why this story?

“Has over-valuation of tech companies created another dangerous financial bubble that’s fit to burst?”

Alexi Mostrous

New things.

Technology. Engineering.

Why this story?

“8chan is an online nightmare of racism, misogyny and extremism. Who’d want to invent a site like that?”

Ceri Thomas


Data. Insight.

Why this story?

“We’ve ranked the FTSE 100 companies by their commitment, in words and deeds, to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.”

Alexandra Mousavizadeh


Millennial living.
Scabrous humour.

Why this story?

“As resident cartoonist, I just draw versions of what happens IRL. Tales of politics, popular culture and millennial life. ”


Photo Essays.

Stories in pictures.

Why this story?

“Heartbreaking visual inventories that lay bare the dehumanising US immigration process, which strips people of everything they own.”

Jon Jones


Podcasts. Interviews.
Audio stories.

Why this story?

“On the soggy steps of the Embassy, Richard told us his story of three years at the centre of a diplomatic nightmare.”

Ravin Sampat

ThinkIns are the engine of our journalism

Our all-new digital ThinkIns let you can share your perspective from wherever you are. Now more than ever, it’s important to stay connected so we can make sense of what’s going on together. Click any event for details.


Thursday 19 March 2020

Digital ThinkIn – Is there a C19 poverty penalty?

Tuesday 24 March 2020

Digital open news meeting

Hear what our members have to say

Tortoise was my first Kickstarter backing and I feel it was the best decision I ever made. The way each topic is selected and covered is just amazing!
Zahid Rawat

“A thoughtful approach to the news. Highlighting the stories often lost under the fog of instant gratification and fake news clap trap.”
Suzanne Taylor

“Tortoise has already replaced my cynicism with a smile when reading the news. Delightfully written and well-researched.”
Ishaan Malhi

What we’re working on


Support our crowdfund to publish a series of collectible books that describe a brighter future.


This summer, we’re launching a festival of ideas and music in Kirtlington Park, Oxfordshire.

Responsibility100 Index

Ranking the FTSE 100 companies on their commitment to social, environmental and ethical objectives.

Here’s what you get when you join us

Slow journalism from award-winning writers to read, watch and listen to.

Join the conversation at ThinkIns, in person, live streamed and on demand.

Today’s news decoded and explained in Sensemaker Daily.

And Tortoise Quarterly, a small book of long reads, in print or ebook.

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