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

Now more than ever it’s important to have calm, clear journalism you can trust.

We’d love you to be part of it.

Slow journalism from award-winning writers

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

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


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 share your perspective from wherever you are. Click any event for details.

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

The #1 biggest journalism project ever on Kickstarter, we now have over 25,000 members in 50 countries.

What we’re working on


Our daily news briefing emails are now available for everyone. Sign up here.

The Covid-19 tracker

We’ve compiled some of the most important, insightful and reliable data on the Coronavirus pandemic.

The Responsible Business Summit

Join us for a day of ThinkIns to examine how businesses can put people and the planet on par with profit.

Here’s what you get when you join us

Unlimited access to Tortoise files, our weekly stories told by award-winning journalists across several chapters.

Join the conversation at ThinkIns, digitally and, once we’re back to normal, in-person.

The Slow Newscast takes news slowly, focusing on the stories that really matter in the UK and around the world.

The Sensemaker.
A free, daily email from Tortoise. Once a day, we’ll help you make sense of what’s going on.