The slow news companies: Tortoise and The Browser

Journalism has been much denigrated and eroded over the last few years. To survive, it needs to offer readers a new voice and these are two, completely independent companies doing just that. 

Co-founded and edited by James Harding (former Director of BBC News and Editor of The Times), Tortoise is not about chasing breaking news but rather understanding what’s driving it. Slow news and open journalism. You need to become a member but it’s no ordinary kind of club. Its newsroom draws not just on its editors and reporters but the wisdom of its own members – using their expertise, interests and determination.

Essentially, Tortoise journalism works though a system of organised listening. Daily, they hold ThinkIns: live, unscripted conversations in their London newsroom as well as out on the road. The idea is they harness the diverse experience and expertise of members to shape stories.  

As a special offer for A Little Bird readers, you can join now for £50 for a year instead of £250. Just go to and use the code ALITTLEBIRD50 to get your discounted membership. 

Hailed by Stephen Fry as ‘A Truly Wonderful Site’, The Browser was set up around 10 years ago to offer fascinating, longer reads on topics that you might not normally come across in your daily newspaper. Editors Robert Cottrell (former Moscow bureau chief for both The Economist and the Financial Times) and Caroline Crampton read hundreds of articles every day and select their top five reads, a daily podcast and a daily video.  On Saturdays, subscribers also receive the Best of the Week and on Sundays, an Audio Browser dedicated to podcasts. Subscribing for a year costs $49 (or $5 per month) but you can get a free 14 day subscription here.

— Annie Reid
18th September 2019

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