Join Roar

Here at Roar, we’re always on the prowl for new talent. But it isn’t just enough to write. We want tenacious, dedicated and professional people who are dedicated to producing and delivering the very best work in student journalism.

Roar isn’t just a society or a pretty student newspaper. Our stories hold both the College and Student Union accountable to us, its students. Working for Roar involves hard work and dedication but the experience is one of the most rewarding you will ever find, with tips for the industry, brilliant friends and new-found skills – here at Roar, there is always something new on the agenda.

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If you would like to contribute pieces to Roar on an ad-hoc basis, simply drop editor@roarnews.co.uk an email!

 

Columnists

Roar is looking for fresh voices.

Maybe you’re “terrific” like Holden Caulfield, fluent in pop culture like the Gilmore Girls,  “too weird to live and too rare to die” like Hunter S. Thompson, maybe you “can’t help but wonder” like Carrie Bradshaw or you’re Dr. Watson and you have a very peculiar flat mate. Maybe you’re unique, like yourself. Either way, we want to hear from you.

Each month, two writers will be selected to contribute with a weekly column to Roar. The columns will explore a chosen theme, spotlighting the wonders and blunders of London student life in 500 words.

September/October Theme: Freshers

This September we are calling for Fresher voices. Literally. Roar is looking for two first-year Columnists to write about their experiences of starting life at King’s. Applications are now closed for this position.

Everyone’s Freshers’ is different: some are filled with party glitter, some with dust from second-hand bookstores, others are filled with both. But they all share one thing: they’re full of stories in the making. Moving in, university fairs, Societies’ initiations and pub crawls, first lectures, learning how to pronounce Maughan, dressing up for Freshers’ Ball, navigating the Tube, we want to read about yours as they’re happening.

As a Fresher Columnist, you will write a weekly 500 words column for three weeks, between 21st September and 12th October.

How to apply: Experience is not necessary. Sharp pens, minds and tongues are key.

To apply, please email editor@roarnews.co.uk with the following:

  • a few sentences about yourself and your CV (please keep it to two pages or less)
  • 400 words telling us what’s the one thing you can’t shut up about
  • three column ideas related to the chosen theme

 

News and Features Team

Contact us: news@roarnews.co.uk

We’re looking for enthusiastic news editors and reporters to join our team. It will be your responsibility to hunt out Kings’ best student stories and deliver them to your audience – your fellow students! Talking to sources, working with reporters and coming up with your own stories are all part and parcel of the deal here. Gossip, social media and university events will be your journalistic bread and butter and a keen eye for detail and accuracy is key. Here, here and here are some news stories we have done in the past.

Experience counts, but don’t be hesitant in joining! You’ll be offered training throughout the year to develop your skills, but what we value most in an editor is a team-player attitude, dedication and of course, the all important STORIES!

There will also be the opportunity, based on merit and performance for writers to become editors, so don’t hold back and show us what you’ve got!


How to Apply: Send an email to editor@roarnews.co.uk and to news@roarnews.co.uk with the subject heading “Application: News Reporter” and attach the following:

1) 200 words about yourself and why you want to join Roar News.

2) A 200-word (max) news article that is focused on and relevant to the King’s community, or, if the story’s really cracking, more generally Higher Education in London. If you’re new to King’s (or journalism), you can also send in a previously written published/unpublished article.

 

 

Finance, Sales and Marketing

Do you count yourself as a savvy entrepreneur?  If you are interested in sales, finance and marketing, then joining our marketing team is a great opportunity for you to use your skills. Roar makes its money from sponsorships and advertising. As part of the role, you will be responsible for locating and engaging potential sponsors. You will also be exploring creative ways of generating revenue, such as sales or promotions, to help bolster our finances. This is a perfect opportunity for those wishing to pursue a career in the marketing or finance field upon leaving university.


How to Apply: Send an email to president@roarnews.co.uk with the subject heading “Application: Marketing Team”.

  1.     Tell us why you think you’re perfect for this role.
  2.     Come up with some suggestions on how Roar can develop as a business.
  3.     And throw in your CV as well (please keep it to two pages or less).

 

 

Comment Team

Contact us: comment@roarnews.co.uk

We’re looking for committed comment writers to contribute opinions to our team! As editors and writers it’s vital to understand the difference between opinionated ranting and comment. You’ll be looking for fiery diatribes, funny commentary, heated opinion and new voices from the King’s community.

There will also be the opportunity, based on merit and performance for writers to become editors, so don’t hold back and show us what you’ve got!


How to apply: Send an email to editor@roarnews.co.uk and to comment@roarnews.co.uk with the subject heading “Application: Comment Writer” and attach the following:

1)      Three separate idea proposals for future comment articles, each proposal no more than 50 words. These ideas must be related to or focused on the King’s community.

2)      A 250 word example of your opinion-based work.

 

 

 

Culture and Lifestyle Team

Contact us: culture@roarnews.co.uk

At Roar we aim to entertain as well as inform. We want a culture section that is engaging and relevant to King’s students. If you keep a blog, or write on social media on culture, lifestyle or arts, then here’s an opportunity to have your writing reach thousands of clicks! There are vacancies for both editors and writersHerehere and here are some past King’s-focused ideas.


How to apply: Send an email to editor@roarnews.co.uk and to culture@roarnews.co.uk with the subject heading “Application: <Role Name>”, for example, “Application: Culture Writer”. Attach the following:

1)      An article (600 words max) on the relevant area you are applying to, or a link/samples of your written work.

2)      A short cover letter on why you are an expert in writing on this area, and tell us what makes you passionate about it!

 

 

Sport Team

Contact us: sport@roarnews.co.uk

 

Do you watch, follow or play sports? The Roar sport department is always looking for new writers to contribute to our section. Whether you have years, months or absolutely no experience of covering sports, the sport department is a open to all and a great place to share opinions, write insightful investigations or keep students up-to-date on sport news at King’s, in London and throughout the wider University sphere.

How to apply: Send an email to sport@roarnews.co.uk with the subject line “Roar Sport opportunities” and briefly present yourself and what sort of pieces you would like to write about!

 

Multimedia Team: Photography and Videography

Email: photography.roarnews@gmail.com

Pictures that grace the front of a news story are arguably more important than a well-crafted introduction in grabbing a reader’s attention. We want people to be ready to beautifully snap and shoot developing stories from council meetings to protests.


How to apply: Send an email to editor@roarnews.co.uk, copy in photography.roarnews@gmail.com – attach between five and ten of your best hi-res pictures / a link to your best vids. Tell us why you want the role and why you’re best for it.

 

Print Designer

We’re looking for a print designer to help layout our 20/24-page printed newspaper according to Roar’s style and quality. This is a big commitment and you will be working closely with Roar editorial staff in the week(s) running up to our print deadline dates. We are looking for someone enthusiastic about print design, typography, prepress production, with a strong attention to detail and an ability to visualise the final product during the design process. Experience with Adobe Creative Suite is essential, and you must be skilled with InDesign and/or Photoshop.


How to Apply:  Show off your design skills by sending us your best work at editor@roarnews.co.uk! But remember, we’re a tabloid newspaper so we’re looking for people who can own that style.  There are stories from our website you can grab from, and our dimensions are 275mm x 370mm, with a 20mm border on all sides. Also please send a copy of your CV, and tell us why you’re perfect for the role.

 

 

Web & Graphics Designer

You will be responsible for producing flash animations and to edit the website platform. You will also be responsible for corresponding with reporters and editors about possible artwork – photos, charts, graphs, maps, diagrams. Experience with Adobe Illustrator and managing website content is a must.

 

How to Apply:  Send us a link to your work, or show us a website that you helped design! Also briefly tell us why you want this role, and please send a copy of your CV.

Please send your application to editor@roarnews.co.uk

 

 

I’m a first year and haven’t even started at King’s yet, can I apply?

Yes!

I’m on study abroad, can I apply?

Yes!

How can I learn more about getting involved?

Make sure to like our Facebook and Twitter pages to receive updates!

I’m an international student – my English isn’t brilliant, can I apply?

Yes – we’re more concerned whether our reporters / editors can find stories than whether they can write beautifully – though it is definitely an advantage. If you can pass your international language exams, your English will be good enough!

Can I apply to multiple sections?

Yes – but make sure that they are sections you are genuinely interested in and have time for.

Where is your office located?

We’ve moved! Our new office is at Bush House’s South East Wing.

 

I have other questions!

Then email editor@roarnews.co.uk and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.