About Us

Spotlight Media is a North Dakota publishing company. We publish over one million printed magazines per year. Our monthly publications include Fargo Monthly, Fargo INC!, Bison Illustrated and Design & Living magazines. The team manages the editorial process, design, distributions, sales, web, mobile platforms and more.  Spotlight Media publishes over one million printed magazines per year.

Our Team
Spotlight Media Team Photo 2017

Spotlight Media is constantly growing and changing. In 2010, there was 1 employee. Now look at our team! All our employees come from a wide range of backgrounds and each offers unique skills that help the Spotlight Media team become even stronger and more well-rounded.

Our Achievements
2017 Niche Conference Award
2017 Niche Conference Award
Spotlight Media 2016 Addy Awards
2016 Editorial Spread or Feature - Series Fargo Monthly June 2016
Spotlight Media 2016 Addy Awards
2016 Publication Cover Design Fargo Monthly August 2016 Cover
  • More than a dozen Addy Awards from the American Advertising Federation District 8, including at least seven gold awards.
  • More than 10 awards from the Minnesota Magazine Publishers Association Article of the Year and an excellence award for overall magazine with Fargo Monthly.
  • Over one million magazines printed in 2015
  • Over 500,000 photos taken every year.
  • More than 1,000 individual articles have been developed on local people or businesses with specialized photo shoots and interviews.
  • Purchased two businesses. (D1 Media Group and Outdoor Design and Living LLC.)
  • Donated over $70,000 to charity in four years.
  • Gained more than one million impressions online on fargomonthly.com.
  • Converted 10 local interns into paid employees.
  • Successfully executed branding and creative advertising campaigns for over 500 local businesses. This included customized design, photography, messaging and placement.
  • Co-Winner of the 2016 Niche Media Nichee Award for Best Regional Magazine.
  • Finalist for the 2016 Fargo-Moorhead-West-Fargo Chamber of Commerce “Small Business of the Year Award.”
Our Timeline

It’s been an exciting journey full of learning, changing and meeting amazing people. Here’s a look back on everything Spotlight Media has accomplished so far.

1st Issue of FM Spotlight

MARCH 2010

FM Spotlight March 2010

FM Spotlight was born as an entertainment guide for the Fargo-Moorhead area.

1st Issue of Bison Illustrated


Bison Illustrated August 2012

The first issue of our magazine dedicated to everything Bison.

1st Issue of Design & Living Magazine

September 2012

Design & Living Sept 2012

This is the first edition of the old “Outdoor Design and Living” with a new look.

1st Issue of Fargo Monthly


Fargo Monthly November 2012

FM Spotlight upgrades to Fargo Monthly magazine.

Bison Illustrated's 1st Championship Issue


Bison Illustrated Championship 2013

Honoring Bison Football on two consecutive national championships.

Fargo Monthly's 1st Wedding Guide

JULY 2013

Fargo Monthly July 2013

Our first ultimate guide to wedding planning in the Fargo-Moorhead area.

Fargo Monthly Grows Up


Fargo Monthly January 2014

Fargo Monthly grows to a full-sized issue! Former North Dakota Governor John Hoeven graced our cover, and we also talked to 8 other influential figures in our area about the future of Fargo.

Kid's Issues

MAY 2014

Fargo Monthly May 2014 Bison Illustrated May 2014 Stride May 2014

We had a fun time getting in touch with our inner child to bring you three of our magazines dedicated to the little ones.

Fargo Marathon Commemorative Book

JUNE 2014

Fargo Marathon Book 2014

This exclusive issue was mailed to each runner, and contains race day photos and each participant’s name and race time.

Spotlight Media Wins Big


Fargo Monthly March 2014 Emerging Priaire March 2014MMPA Event

Spotlight Media traveled to Minneapolis to attend the Minnesota Magazine Publishing Association’s Excellence Awards. We were awarded with a gold award in the feature article category for the March 2014 article “Fargo-Moorhead is an Emerging Prairie.”

The article showcased the growing number of entrepreneurs and start-ups popping up across Fargo-Moorhead. Showcased in the article were start-ups like DogIDs, Myriad Mobile, Beach Interactive, Fargo 3D Printing and Office Sign Company, as well as the digital-media company, Emerging Prairie.



Fargo Monthly Wins MMPA Award

Fargo Monthly won a gold excellence award for Overall Excellence in the 19th annual Minnesota Magazine & Publishing Association’s Excellence Awards held November 12, 2015, in Minneapolis.

Judges said this about the winning entry: “Original, light, likable, graphically extraordinary.”


 MARCH 2016

Spotlight crew ADDYS 2016


At the end of February, Spotlight Media attended the 2016 ADDY Awards hosted by the American Advertising Federation of North Dakota. Six submissions from Fargo MonthlyBison Illustrated and Design & Living Magazine were submitted and we were honored to take home a gold and a silver award for our various publications.

Successful Burgers, Bourbon, and Beer Festival

June 2016

Launched Fargo By Fargo and mailed it to 93,000 mailboxes in Fargo, Moorhead and West Fargo

January 2017

Fargo By Fargo magazine

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