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Now, more than ever, we all need news that cuts through the daily noise and makes sense of what’s happening. Calm, clear and responsible.

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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 what you can expect from our digital ThinkIns

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


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.

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

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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

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March 2020

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