The Beacon has been the student newspaper of Northwestern College since September 1928, when Northwestern transitioned from being an academy into a junior college. Another publication, The Monitor, existed briefly for a few years in the 1920s before The Beacon.
As the student newspaper, The Beacon serves both as a chronicle of events that happened at Northwestern and a reflection of what ideas, issues, and events were important to students. It documents student life at this institution. Northwestern College is a Christian college, and the newspaper shows the religious identity of the campus.
Collectively, The Beacon provides a longitudinal student perspective on the institution, its culture, and its people.