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Slow down, wise up

What’s different about Tortoise is slow news. Not breaking news, but what’s driving it.

Our award-winning team doesn’t cover every story but takes the time to reveal just one a week. Calm, clear reporting on the stories that matter most.

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Got your back

26 october 2021
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  • Tesla’s market value surpassed $1 trillion on news that Hertz ordered 100,000 of its electric vehicles, putting it in the company of Apple, Amazon and Facebook.
  • Sudanese soldiers reportedly killed 10 people after firing on protesters in Khartoum who were demanding the return of civilian rule.
  • Japan’s Princess Mako gave up her royal status to marry her commoner college boyfriend, a man she called “irreplaceable”.

Tomorrow Rishi Sunak will announce his first real post-Covid budget, but he’s leaving few surprises about what’s in store. His policies have already been trailed across the media. The headlines: £5.9 billion to be spent on the NHS in England, a national minimum wage hike, and unfreezing public sector pay. But not everything adds up. 


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.

The Slow Newscast

Our biggest stories given voice

True Crime: The tragedy of Gabby Petito

19 October 2021
39 minutes

When Gabby Petito is reported missing in Wyoming her disappearance is widely shared online. When her body is discovered her case seems to mobilise a whole army of digital detectives and citizen journalists all trying to solve the mystery of what happened.


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More of our stories from 2021

the pandemic

Everything you need to know about Covid-19

For a year now, one story has dominated the news cycle above all others. We’ve aimed to take the long-view of Covid-19: we’ve investigated the catastrophe of the test and trace system, the crisis in care homes, and the extended after-effects of the disease.

Some of our biggest stories from 2020

Meet the editor
“In my recent journalism, I’ve been digging into the dysfunction at the heart of the UK government. Here’s an example, along with some other recent Tortoise articles I’ve enjoyed.”
Matt d’Ancona

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Our friends in the North
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29 June 2019

Bitter harvest
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16 November 2019

The wee muckers
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12 October 2019

Circus Love
Stephanie Gengotti
02 August 2019

Line in the sand
Pascal Maitre
7 February 2020

Life at the top
Kadir van Lohuizen and Yuri Kozyrev 
27 April 2019

No agua, no vida
John Trotter
30 November 2019

Isolated from the world
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10 March 2019

Europe’s last pastoral
Rena Effendi
16 March 2019

Crunching the numbers

Discovering stories in big datasets.

Responsibility 100 Index

A ranking of the FTSE 100 companies on their contribution towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals, measuring their commitment to key social, environmental and ethical objectives such as carbon reduction, gender equality and good business practices.

The Global AI Index

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The pandemic didn’t affect all of Britain equally.

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