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Slow newscast

A place for Elliott

We spent time with the family of a profoundly disabled teenager to hear how they are trying to keep their son alive through the winter. It’s a step into a world that for most of us is unimaginable.

slow views

Johnson’s lie

The Omicron variant is the predictable consequence of political failure. A pity Johnson has shown next to no interest in the question of vaccine sharing since.

ThinkIn with james harding

Taiwan: The China Problem

Is Beijing about to attack, or are the two countries in an eternal, bloodless standoff? Season two of ThinkIn with James Harding continues.

New episode

Sweet Bobby

In the final episode, the catfisher finally says sorry – but with strings attached. And a last-minute call sheds light on why this all happened.


Open News

At our weekly news meeting, Tortoise journalists, members and experts reflect on variants and the race to vaccinate the world against Covid-19.

sensemaker our daily roundup of the news that matters

Vax v variant

29 november 2021
  • Nuclear talks between Iran and the P5 +1 resumed in Vienna with little hope of progress because Iran is demanding an end to all sanctions. 
  • American cinemas prepared for the theatrical release of The Chosen, based on a TV series of the same title about the life of Jesus and crowdfunded by believers to the tune of $40 million. 
  • A German study suggested buskers can earn 50 per cent more per hour by playing classical music than rock or jazz on Sundays. 

Here’s a list of countries with confirmed cases of the Omicron variant, in addition to those in southern Africa placed on the UK’s red list last week: the Netherlands (13 confirmed as of 7am), UK (3), Germany (3), France (unclear), Denmark, Czech Republic, Italy, Belgium, Israel, Canada, Australia, China (Hong Kong).

A brand new podcast series

Sweet Bobby

How well do you know the person you love?

Everyone can join

By offering sponsored membership to those who otherwise could not join Tortoise, we are truly an open and inclusive newsroom.


We need to get the world vaccinated as fast as possible. We’re in an arms race: vaccines vs variants. That’s why we’ve launched our Vaccine Tracker along with a campaign to vaccinate the world by the end of next year.



covid Inquiry

Why wait until spring 2022?

That’s when the prime minister has said an independent inquiry into the government’s response to Covid will begin. Here at Tortoise, we felt the need was far more urgent – and so, last Autumn, we held our own.

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

Members are at the heart of what we do

Our members bring a diverse range of voices into our newsroom to inform our journalism.

Taking the time to get it right

News has become noise. We sort through it all and crunch the data to call out what really matters.

A fresh approach to journalism

We use infographics, absorbing audio and stunning photography to make complex stories clear and enjoyable.