Roar! (newspaper)

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Roar! News
Roar! News front page February 2014 cleaners edition.JPG
Type Monthly newspaper
Format Tabloid
Owner(s) King's College London Students' Union
Publisher Mortons Print Ltd.
Editor Dulcie Lee
Founded 1973
Political alignment None
Language English
Headquarters Chesham Building, King's College London, Strand, London
Circulation 1,000
Official website www.roarnews.co.uk

Roar! News is the multi-award winning student newspaper of King's College London. It is editorially independent of both the university and the students' union[1] and its award winning website[2] is read by tens of thousands of people per month in over 100 countries.[3]

The newspaper won or was shortlisted for five national awards in 2014/15, bagging Best Website and Student Media of the Year, among others.

Roar! has existed in various incarnations since the 1973, but in 1992 its name was changed from 'Casey L' to Roar! - named after the university's mascot, Reggie the lion. Roar! is currently a monthly publication with student news, societies news, comment and feature articles, cultural reviews and sports news. The current editor is Dulcie Lee.

Former editors, writers and photographers now work for national news outlets such as The Sun, The Daily Mail, Time Out Magazine, The Times and Sky.

Awards in 2014/15[edit]

The newspaper was shortlisted alongside The Guardian and Cosmopolitan for a Mind Media Award in September 2014. The awards, designed to honor outstanding mental health reporting, saw Roar! nominated for Best Publication 2014.[4]

The Best Publication category was not student category and consequently saw Roar! come head to head with industry leaders. A previous editor was also shortlisted for the Anna Sargent Student Journalist award. The winners are due to be announced at the BFI in November 2014.[5]

Roar! won Best Website in the 2014 Student Publication Association awards and received a special recognition for Best Publication.[6]

Roar! also won Student Media of the Year at the 2014 Ents Forum alongside other KCLSU Student Media outlets.

Alongside KCL Radio, KingsTV and Photosoc, Roar! was ranked as one of the top three best student media outlets in the country at the NUS Awards 2014. KCLSU Student Media received runner up in the Student Media of the Year category.[7]

Campaigns[edit]

True to its tabloid style, Roar! runs traditional tabloid campaigns on matters of student interest. Recent campaigns have included:

  • Health Schools job cuts (May 2014 – present) Roar! came out against university plans to cut 120 jobs in Health Schools in a leader[8] accusing the College of lacking transparency and racing through the redundancy process too quickly.
  • London Living Wage (Feb 2014 - March 2014) As part of the campaign, Roar! ran an interview with two anonymous King's cleaners who couldn't afford to feed their children[9] on the front page of their February edition.[10] That edition of the paper was taken into the College Council meeting in March, where King's agreed to the London Living Wage.
  • Lord Carey 'homophobic' comments (Nov 2012–present) Roar! campaigned for the removal of King's alumnus Lord Carey from the Strand Campus windows[11] for controversial comments about same sex marriage at a Conservative Party conference fringe event in 2012.[12]
  • Mental health awareness (Nov 2013–present) Roar! produced a special print edition on mental health[13] in November 2013, aiming to raise awareness of mental health among King’s students. It included articles such as ‘We need racially diverse counsellors’ and an interview with King’s alumnus Rory Bremner on his ADHD.[14]

History[edit]

Roar! has existed in various formats, as a magazine, then a tabloid newspaper. It was turned into a full colour, glossy magazine in 2006 but has since been re-branded as a tabloid, borrowing the style of The Sun and The Mirror newspapers in its layout.[15]

It once fell under complete editorial control of the Vice President Media and Publications, Vice President Communications and Vice President Student Media and Engagement, with shifts in the nature of its editorial independence, but in 2010 a student editor was appointed under the guise of the then Vice President Student Media and Engagement, Natasha Wynarczyk.

For the 2013/14 academic year, Roar! introduced a culture pullout, Rogue, which featured fashion, film, music and arts.[16]


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