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Hello. Welcome to Tortoise.

As a supporter of our FUTURES essays, you’re also a member of Tortoise. Our mission here is to slow down and open up journalism. We’re thrilled to have you.


Just enter your details and the special code you received, and you’ll be set up.

Here’s what you get when you join

The slow news feed

Slow journalism by award-winning writers in the Tortoise app to read, listen to and share.

The Sensemaker

Delivered to your inbox once a day. Our editors’ pick of the stories that matter right now, and why, in brief

The Slow Newscast

Our podcast takes news slowly, focusing on the stories that really matter in the UK and around the world.

Daily digital ThinkIns

Free for members and guests, you can join as many as you like. Add your voice and shape the way we report the world.

A taste of our journalism

We are focused on the Big Five forces that are shaping our lives, our societies, our world. 

New things.

Technology. Engineering. Science.


Our planet.

Geopolitics. Environment. Natural resources.


Society. Identity. Countries. Beliefs. Arts.


The 100-year life.

Health. Public policy. Living. Education.


Fairness. Investment. Prosperity.

Photo Essays.

Stories in pictures.

A taste of what you can expect from our digital ThinkIns

As a member, you can come to as many of these as you like


Tortoise is built for and with our members. We’d love you to be part of it.

"Joining Tortoise is one of the best things I’ve done and has got to be the best concept out there in this disturbing, post-truth world we seem to be living in."

Hester McCreary
April 2020

"Thank goodness for your daily Sensemaker. I’m not entirely sure where I’d be without it in this period of self-isolation…"

Mitchell Harris
March 2020

"Thank you for the Covid Sensemaking articles. I am getting all my news from Tortoise at the moment, which is helping to keep me sane at this strangest of times!"

Hammad Shaikh
March 2020

"Just wanted to say I really liked the concept of digital Thinkins! I think it’s a great way to connect and encourage each other in these difficult times. I definitely would want more of them!"

Nethal Hashim
March 2020

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What’s included?

You’ll get one year’s Tortoise membership, giving you access to all of Tortoise’s digital journalism in the app and online, as well as ten ThinkIn tickets for the year, unlimited digital ThinkIns and our daily Sensemaker briefing emails delivered straight to your inbox.

How long do I have to redeem my code?

You can redeem your membership up to a year from when we sent you the code, but the sooner the better – we’re releasing new stories and holding new digital ThinkIns every week.

When will my membership run out?

Your membership will last one year from when you sign up here.

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