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Katie Vanneck-Smith

Katie Vanneck-Smith

Co-founder and Publisher, Tortoise, UK

Katie, James Harding and Matthew Barzun launched Tortoise Media, the slow newsroom, in April 2019.

“Tortoise is unlike anything  else in the market…. From Nando’s to a refugee camp,  Tortoise is taking its journalism out into the real world.” The Drum

In its first year it has grown a devoted membership of over 30,000 and won two awards for innovation and new journalism at the 2019 British Journalism Awards.

Prior to this new adventure as an entrepreneur, Katie was the President of Dow Jones, publisher of The Wall Street Journal, where she led the company to over 3m subscribers, the largest number in WSJ history. She has previously worked at the Telegraph Media Group and The Times, where, as Chief Marketing Officer, she was the architect of the early move to paid digital subscriptions and  created the UK’s first news membership brand, Times+.  She was named Pioneer of the Year at the 2016 British Media Awards. She is vice-patron of the charity, Family Action.