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Tortoise Media
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Tortoise Media is a British news website co-founded by former BBC News director and The Times editor James Harding.[1][2][3] It went live in April 2019[4] and is complemented by a weekly newsletter and a variety of podcasts, such as "Tortoise Daily." Tortoise Media has covered a range of topics, including artificial intelligence, climate change, political turmoil, populism, and the future of work. The company employs over 50 journalists, producers, and editors.


Tortoise Media's unique editorial approach is rooted in the belief that the complexities of the world cannot be fully comprehended by simply reading breaking news headlines. Instead, the company's journalists invest significant time and effort into researching and reporting on important issues, offering readers a more comprehensive understanding of the world. The site's slogan is "Slow down, wise up."[5]


The company has received acclaim for its in-depth journalism and its commitment to slow news, earning the Innovation of the Year award from the British Journalism Awards in 2019.[6]


  1. ^ Bell, Emily (22 October 2018). "Can James Harding's Tortoise be more than a rich person's club?". The Guardian. Archived from the original on 22 September 2020. Retrieved 24 December 2020.
  2. ^ Southern, Lucinda (3 January 2019). "Tortoise wants members to inform its 'slow-news' coverage via live events". Digiday. Archived from the original on 9 August 2020. Retrieved 20 January 2021.
  3. ^ Mayhew, Freddy (22 October 2018). "Tortoise editor James Harding says move to 'slow news' follows 'lesson' at Times and BBC that journalism that took longer had 'real impact'". Press Gazette. Archived from the original on 26 October 2020. Retrieved 20 January 2021.
  4. ^ Tobitt, Charlotte (28 June 2019). "'Slow news' venture Tortoise creates 'inclusive' members' model with potential to partner with local publishers". Press Gazette. Archived from the original on 29 October 2020.
  5. ^ Brown, Mariella. "'Slow down, wise up': a motto for the future of media?". Archived from the original on 13 August 2020. Retrieved 20 January 2021.
  6. ^ Mayhew, Freddy (10 December 2019). "British Journalism Awards 2019: FT wins top prize for second year in triumphant end for departing editor". Press Gazette. Retrieved 4 September 2023.