Originally, the student publication was called The Lighthouse. It was established in 1965. In the fall of 2001, the staff changed the name to The Navigator. With the purchase of new equipment, The Navigator made its online debut on April 22, 2002. The print version also got a makeover in 2002 when it switched publishers from the Daily Eastern News to the Effingham Daily News. Also, the paper was published in a broad sheet layout, but returned to its original tabloid size for a tighter layout in fall of 2003.
In 2009, The Navigator took advantage of Lake Land College’s newly advanced print shop and again changed format. The changed format took on a “news magazine” style and also included a minor name change to The Navigator News. This style allowed for a superior photo quality and a more attractive and user-friendly format that increased readership dramatically.
From 2009 to 2011, The Navigator News had a circulation of 750 printed issues per month. The online-email notification system has 290 recipients and http://www.navigatornews.org had nearly 500 registered readers. Currently, the circulation has stayed the same but the website has changed formats to allow for blogging and comments. In Fall 2012, the website changed to http://www.thenavigatornews.com, and in the Fall of 2013, the website has taken on it’s current home here.