The Navigator is Vancouver Island University’s (formerly Malaspina University–College) student press. Founded in 1969 as a newspaper, the Navigator (aka The Nav) recently evolved into a monthly magazine. In 1992, the Nav became an incorporated society under the Society Act of BC.

The magazine is run completely by students—from the business end of selling ads and bookkeeping, to writing, designing, and editing. The Nav strives to provide a venue for students to gain professional experience and act as an outlet to bring pressing student and community issues to the public eye.

Submissions: The Nav welcomes content submissions from VIU students, staff, faculty, and alumni. We accept all types of media, including video, visual art, photography, fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, comics, and all types of long-form features.

Except for creative writing submissions, which may vary in length, all articles submitted for in-print publication must be a long-form feature (1000–2000 words.) These must be pitched to the Managing Editor or appropriate content editor prior to submission; contact information can be found under the masthead in print or online at <>. All other reportage (arts previews, 300–600-word news pieces, etc.) will be published online.

Submissions must be the original work of the author, and coursework—material created for university credit—must be marked by an instructor prior to submission.

All submissions must be the original work of the author. Editors reserve the right to refuse submissions and to edit for space or clarity. Please send submissions to

Only at VIU: Click here to submit a VIU experience for our “Only at VIU” section.

Opinions expressed in the Navigator and are expressly those of the author and/or artist and do not reflect the views of the Navigator staff as a whole. 


Managing Editor

Zachery Cooper

Associate Editor

Lys Morton

News Editor

N. M. Mellino

Features Editor

Caileigh Broatch

Sports Editor 

Elijah Robinson

Arts Editor

Erinn Sturgeon

Online Reporter

Jade Vandergrift

Copy Editor

Aislinn Cottell

Social Media

Carrie Davis

Art Director, Graphics Designer

Sara Holmes, Teigan Mudle, Joe Thoong

Business Manager, Ad Sales Reps

Christine Franic, Amber Branchi


Lynne Williams 

System Administrator

Johnny Blakeborough

Phone: (250) 753-2225 Fax: (250) 753-2257

900, 5th Street, Building 193, rm. 217 Nanaimo, BC V9R 5S5