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Treat a friend to Tortoise

We’ve always thought that Tortoise is better when shared. Make someone’s day – give a membership to a friend.

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A year’s membership for £100 and get all this


10 tickets to ThinkIns, the engine of open journalism. Tortoise members participate in open news conferences, live in our newsroom.


The news not as it happens, but when it’s ready. Read, watch and listen to slow journalism from award-winning writers in our app.

The Sensemaker

Our daily news briefing, the Sensemaker, lands in your inbox every weekday to decode and explain the day’s news.


Tortoise quarterly is a short book of long reads. Modern fables, true tales, old stories re-examined, new ones revealed.

Our upcoming digital ThinkIns

Whilst the newsroom remains closed, Tortoise holds digital ThinkIns every day. Right now, it’s more important than ever that we get together – albeit virtually – to make sense of what’s happening. Digital ThinkIns are free and open to everybody. Take a look at what’s on and click “register” to sign up.


A Digital ThinkIn with Tom Watson

Monday 30 March, 18:30 – 19:30

Digital ThinkIn – Weekly open news meeting

Tuesday 31 March, 13:00 – 14:00

A Digital ThinkIn with David Davis

Tuesday 31 March, 18:30 – 19:30

How does it work?

Just enter the recipient’s email address, the day you want their membership to begin and pay for their first year. That’s it.

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What our members are saying

Tom Dewar

I can already highly recommend @Tortoise. It’s the news equivalent of dipping your head in a cool, glacier-fresh stream on a scorching-hot day.

Lucinda Day

Went to my first @Tortoise ThinkIn last night on gender. A really fun eve – full of lively comment & a totally inclusive atmosphere. Not at all like a traditional panel event.

Kelwyn Looi

Really recommend the ThinkIn. Refreshing to actually hear views from real people that then feeds into what’s published. Team is lovely too!