Roar News (newspaper)

Roar News
Type Three times yearly newspaper
Format Tabloid
Owner(s) King's College London Students' Union
Publisher Mortons Print
Editor Aditi Shorewal
Founded 1973
Political alignment None
Language English
Headquarters Macadam Building, King's College London, Strand, London
Circulation 3,000

Roar News is the student newspaper of King's College London. It is editorially independent of both the university and the students' union and has a website[1]

The newspaper won six awards in 2015, including Best Website, Best Publication and Best Design. In 2014 it won several others including a Mind Media Award and Student Media of the Year.

Roar has existed in various incarnations since 1973, but in 1992 its name was changed from 'Casey L' to 'Roar News' - named after the university's mascot, Reggie the lion. Roar prints three times a year, spending most of its energy on bringing students and staff up-to-the-minute news online. The current editor is Aditi Shorewal.

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


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.[2]

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.

The correct version of the newspaper's full name is 'Roar News', although it is typically shortened to 'Roar'. The newspaper's name has changed the punctuation and style many times over the years which often leads to it wrongly being called ROAR, ROAR! or Roar!.

Awards in 2015

Roar picked up six awards at the Student Publication Association. The paper won Best Publication, Best Website, Best Design and Best Entertainment Piece. It received a highly commended for Best News Story and Best Feature.

Awards in 2014

Roar's editorial team won the Anna Sargent Student Journalist Award at the Mind Media Awards for outstanding mental health reporting in November 2014.[3]

The newspaper was also shortlisted alongside The Guardian and Cosmopolitan for the non-student award of Best Publication.[4]

Roar won Best Website in the 2014 Student Publication Association awards and received a special recognition for Best Publication.[5]

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.[6]


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

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