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Design & Living Magazine Wins Gold ADDY Award

Design & Living Magazine Wins Gold ADDY Award

Spotlight Media’s publication Design & Living Magazine took home an ADDY Award at the American Advertising Federation-North Dakota’s annual ADDY Awards held at the Holiday Inn in Fargo on Friday, February 23. The magazine won a gold award for cover/editorial spread or feature – series for the April, September and December 2017 issues.

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Here’s what Becca Opp, Editor of Design & Living Magazine, said about winning the award:

The Project Issue was the first cover of my career. I had just started working at Spotlight Media when I pitched an idea for the cover and reached out to the owners of The White House Co., who helped us stage the scene, which was then photographed by Jesse Hoorelbeke of J. Alan Paul Photography and edited by our graphic designer, Sarah Geiger.

“It was so meaningful to be recognized by the AAF of North Dakota because it just goes to show that we’re all using our talents to the best of our abilities. The September cover was our first cover to be shot by staff photographer, Hillary Ehlen, while the December cover featured styling by Gathered. Boutique Rentals & Events. Each of our covers truly are the result of a group effort, and I’d like to thank everyone who was involved in the creation of these three.”

ABOUT THE ADDY AWARDS

The ADDY Awards is hosted by the American Advertising Federation of North Dakota. The only national design award that’s judged and reviewed by other designers, the ADDYs are the advertising industry’s largest and most representative competition, with more than 60,000 entries across the country each year. Whether copy writing or full-on, multidimensional campaigns, AAF-ND members submit their best work to be judged at the local level and eventually districts and nationals if they continue to win.

Spotlight Media Wins 6 Minnesota Publishing Excellence Awards

Spotlight Media Wins 6 Minnesota Publishing Excellence Awards

Photos by Hillary Ehlen

Spotlight Media is extremely excited to announce that our team brought home six awards from the 21st Annual Minnesota Publishing Excellence Awards.

Hosted by the Minnesota Magazine & Publishing Association, the Excellence Awards competition recognizes and fosters outstanding publishing achievements. It includes dozens of categories in the areas of editorial, design, marketing, digital publishing and overall excellence.

Joe Kerlin and Nate Mickelberg from Spotlight Media
Bison Illustrated’s editor Joe Kerlin and Fargo INC!’s Editor Nate Mickelberg holding Spotlight Media’s six awards.

Our entire team at Spotlight Media can’t express enough how honored we are to receive such recognition.

Bison Illustrated, Design & Living Magazine, Fargo INC!, Fargo Monthly and Fargo By Fargo were acknowledged for the following awards listed below. You can view other winners and nominees at MMPA.net.

Bison Illustrated

Bronze Award | TYPOGRAPHY [SPECIAL INTEREST, UNDER 60,000/ISSUE]

The Rise (April 2017): Look up! The April Issue of Bison Illustrated is all about rising champions from NDSU’s stacked athletic programs. Get to know the next shining stars of Bison men’s and women’s track, men’s basketball, wrestling and soccer. In addition, “The Rise” issue includes moments from the Bison baseball victory at US Bank Stadium and revisits the first women’s basketball championship in 1991 through the eyes of former Bison Jill DeVries who is now head coach at Valley City State University.

Bison Illustrated Bison on the Rise

Bronze Award | PRINT/ONLINE PROFILE ARTICLE [SPECIAL INTEREST]

Where Are They Now? (July 2016): Mike Favor, Snuffy Byers and Isreal Moses have been away from the football field for over 20 years. But these former Bison bruisers are still honoring the Bison Pride attitude they had at NDSU. The only difference is today they’re reflecting their Bison Pride at District 281.

Bison Illustrated Brotherhood

“These awards are a culmination of teamwork and grit. Our entire staff does a phenomenal job month after month pumping out the best magazines in Fargo. These awards are a testament to the staff’s commitment to celebrating what makes this area special.” – Bison Illustrated Editor Joe Kerlin

About Bison Illustrated
Bison Illustrated is a monthly publication that showcases the latest in North Dakota State University’s Bison athletics. The magazine gives the true Bison fan a comprehensive glance behind the scenes of what makes Bison Pride special through creative and in-depth coverage of teams, student-athletes, coaches, administrators and alumni.

Design & Living Magazine

Gold Award | COVER DESIGN [SPECIAL INTEREST, UNDER 60,000/ISSUE]

The Project Issue (April 2017): If you dream of making someone else’s trash your repurposed treasure or spend your days pining over Pinterest, this issue is for you. We’ve gathered a collection of local DIY experts to share the tricks of their trade that might even inspire you to start a project of your very own.

Design and Living Magazine

“Our team puts a lot of thought into our covers, so it’s gratifying to be recognized by the MMPA. I would also like to express my appreciation for the photographer, Jesse Hoorelbeke of J. Alan Paul Photography; the graphic designer, Sarah Geiger of Spotlight Media; and Katie Schiltz, Samantha Klinkhammer and Amanda Rydell of The White House Co. who provided the products and staging.” – Design & Living Magazine Editor Becca Opp

About Design & Living Magazine
Design & Living Magazine is a free, monthly publication that strives to be Red River Valley’s best resource on quality products and services in our community, including interior design, architecture, landscape design, art and those at the forefront of innovative ideas that enhance our everyday environment.

Fargo INC!

Silver Award | SINGLE PAGE OR SPREAD DESIGN [BUSINESS/TRADE]

Contrast & Collaboration (July 2016): For more than 30 years, polar opposites and business partners Randy Thorson and Warren Ackley have been thriving in one of the most difficult industries to thrive in. How exactly do they do it?

Fargo INC

Fargo INC! winning its first MMPA award was probably more humbling than anything else. To see firsthand the quality of magazines being produced across Minnesota really puts into perspective how special the recognition is.” – Fargo INC! Editor Nate Mickelberg

About Fargo INC!
Fargo INC! is a monthly business magazine published by Spotlight Media in Fargo, North Dakota. Each month, Fargo INC! illuminates what is out there in the Fargo-Moorhead business world—from culture to community to advice to events. It’s an essential source of information and ideas for local business professionals.

Fargo Monthly

Bronze Award | PRINT/ONLINE PROFILE ARTICLE [GENERAL INTEREST, UNDER 60,000/ISSUE]

The A-Taco-Lypse (June 2017): People loyally waited in line for over an hour to get their Taco Bros. fix on opening day this season. Octavio Gomez keeps his customers coming back each and every summer for his delicious Mexican food–find out where the beautiful madness all began.

Fargo Monthly

“‘The Atacolypse: Taco Bros. Food Truck’ article is a personal favorite of mine in Fargo Monthly. I think it reflects how the people of Fargo-Moorhead share excitement for local businesses and love supporting their own. We are honored to receive this award and bring recognition to not only to our publication and company but also to our community and those who pour into it.” – Fargo Monthly Editor Kara Jeffers

About Fargo Monthly
Fargo Monthly is a free, monthly publication that focuses on what makes the Fargo-Moorhead community unique. It strives to enhance the quality of life for the people of the Red River Valley by getting them excited about their community and all it has to offer. Fargo Monthly’s concentration is on everything local: theater, business, culture, art, music, nightlife, dining, events and more. We have fallen in love with the area and want you to do the same.

Fargo By Fargo

Silver Award | SINGLE-TOPIC ISSUE, SPECIAL SECTION, OR SPECIAL SUPPLEMENT [ GENERAL INTEREST, OVER 60,000/ISSUE]

Fargo By Fargo (2017): In the first ever issue of Fargo By Fargo, we went directly to the people of Fargo, Moorhead and West Fargo to ask them about their favorite restaurants, what nonprofits they respect, where they like to shop and much more. In here, you’ll find information about volunteering, hot restaurants, family activities, how to get in shape in Fargo-Moorhead and much more. Tell us what’s your story, Fargo-Moorhead.

Fargo By Fargo

“Receiving this award for Fargo By Fargo means so much to the entire Spotlight Media team because everyone had a part in the production. By printing and mailing 100,000 copies, everyone on the team had to give it their all to create such a high-quality magazine. It’s also an honor because this magazine went against many of the big dogs in the publishing industry due to the large circulation. This is a testament to our team and our community.” – Fargo By Fargo Editor Andrew Jason

About Fargo By Fargo
Fargo By Fargo is mailed directly to every residential mailbox in Fargo, Moorhead and West Fargo yearly. That’s 93,000 mailboxes! Packed full of interviews and information, Fargo By Fargo is an insider’s guide to the area and features locals talking about their favorite things to do and experience in the community. The magazine is mailed out at the beginning of each year.

Spotlight Media Wins 2017 Top Niche Media Company Award

Spotlight Media Wins 2017 Top Niche Media Company Award

Feature photo by Spotlight Media
Group conference photo courtesy of Niche Media

Spotlight Media is honored to have won the Top Niche Media Company at the Super Niche Media Conference in Charlotte, North Carolina. The annual event is dedicated to the best in niche publishing. We’re excited to be bringing this award back to Fargo-Moorhead.

Spotlight Media Publishing Fargo

Left to right: Spotlight Media’s Sales Manager Layne Hanson, Publisher Mike Dragosavich and Editorial Director Andrew Jason

“We have been attending the Niche events for the past five years with the hopes that one day our products can match the quality of other publishing companies across the country,” Spotlight Media Publisher Mike Dragosavich. “Winning this award validates all the hard work everyone at Spotlight Media has done. It’s truly an honor.”

According to Niche Media Conference judges, Spotlight Media won the Top Niche Media Company award because it’s “constantly innovating and expanding, starting with just 1 employee in 2010 and now publishes over 1 million print magazines a year. Gained more than one million impressions online on fargomonthly.com.  This media business is continually striving forward with new products every year. They have the increased results year-over-year to match.”

You can see all the Nichee Award winners at nicheconference.com/page/1279251/nichee-awards.

Spotlight Media Nominated For ChamberChoice’s Business Of The Year Award

Spotlight Media Nominated For ChamberChoice’s Business Of The Year Award

Spotlight Media is honored to announce that we were nominated for ChamberChoice’s Business of the Year award. Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce’s ChamberChoice Awards is an annual event that recognizes the accomplishments of Fargo-Moorhead’s business community by honoring its leaders for their achievements. According to the FMWF Chamber of Commerce’s website, “Winners exemplify excellence through proven growth or stability, innovation, creativity, community leadership and achievements.”

ChamberChoice Award Finalist - Spotlight Media
Last year, Spotlight Media was one of the top three finalists for the ChamberChoice’s Small Business of the Year award. Even though Spotlight Media didn’t take the win, we were proud to be named a finalist among other exceedingly accomplished and successful businesses.

BUSINESS OF THE YEAR NOMINATIONS

ByteSpeed
Choice Financial
Cognosante
Cornerstone Bank
FBS
Heritage Homes
Intelligent InSites
Laney’s Inc.
Midco
Mortenson Construction
Office Sign Company
Park Co. Realtors
S&S Promotional Group Inc.
Spotlight Media
Starion Bank
Western State Bank

Results for the 2017 ChamberChoice Awards will be announced at the awards luncheon on Friday, May 19 from 12 to 1:30 p.m. at the Ramada Plaza & Suites and Conference Center. For more information about the ChamberChoice Awards, visit fmwfchamber.com.

ChamberChoice Awards Luncheon
Friday, May 19 | 12 – 1:30 p.m.
Ramada Plaza & Suites and Conference Center

Spotlight Media Takes Home Two ADDY Awards

Spotlight Media Takes Home Two ADDY Awards

Photos by Paul Flessland

Spotlight Media’s publication Fargo Monthly magazine took home two ADDY Awards at the American Advertising Federation-North Dakota’s annual ADDY Awards held at the Holiday Inn in Fargo on Friday, February 24. The magazine won a gold award for editorial spread or feature series design for the June 2016 issue, “The Flavor Awards.” It also won a silver award for publication cover design for the August 2016 issue cover, “13 Things To Love About Downtown Fargo.”

Spotlight Media ADDY Awards

“We are excited about our awards from this year’s ADDY Awards, because each month we work as hard as we can to put out a great publication for our community and it’s reassuring to get some recognition,” said Fargo Monthly Editor Erica Rapp.

ADDY Awards Fargo Monthly

June 2016 “The Flavor Awards

ADDY Awards Fargo Monthly

August 2016 cover, “13 Things To Love About Downtown Fargo

Congratulations to editor Erica Rapp, photographer Paul Flessland and designer Sarah Geiger for such an amazing job.

ABOUT THE ADDY AWARDS

The ADDY Awards is hosted by the American Advertising Federation of North Dakota. The only national design award that’s judged and reviewed by other designers, the ADDYs are the advertising industry’s largest and most representative competition, with more than 60,000 entries across the country each year. Whether copy writing or full-on, multidimensional campaigns, AAF-ND members submit their best work to be judged at the local level and eventually districts and nationals if they continue to win.

Spotlight Media Named Small Business of the Year Finalist For ChamberChoice Award

Spotlight Media Named Small Business of the Year Finalist For ChamberChoice Award

Photos by Paul Flessland

Spotlight Media was honored to be in the top three businesses for the Small Business of the Year ChamberChoice Award.

Last month, about 800 people gathered at the Ramada Plaza & Suites for the Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce’s ChamberChoice Awards. The annual event recognized the accomplishments of the business community by honoring its leaders for their achievements.

The 2016 ChamberChoice Awards had a record-breaking 650 nominations and 58 candidates. From the candidates, three finalists were named in six categories: Small Business of the Year, Business of the Year, Small Not-for-Profit of the Year, Not-for-Profit of the Year, Entrepreneur of the Year and Young Professionals Best Place to Work. The winners were then unveiled at the luncheon on May 20. Finalists and winners were selected by a panel of independent judges from the regional business community, who evaluated accomplishments in the areas of business growth, innovation, creativity, community involvement and unique achievements relating to a specific business or industry.

Even though Spotlight Media didn’t take the win, it was proud to be named a finalist among other exceedingly accomplished and successful businesses.

Chamber Choice Awards

Chamber Choice Awards

Chamber Choice Awards

Chamber Choice Awards

Chamber Choice Awards

Chamber Choice Awards

Chamber Choice Awards

Fargo Monthly Ties For Best Niche Regional Magazine

Fargo Monthly Ties For Best Niche Regional Magazine

Last week, Spotlight Media’s Publisher Mike Dragosavich, General Manager Brent Tehven and Editorial Director Andrew Jason traveled down to Austin, Texas to participate in the Niche Media Conference. This annual conference is for niche magazine publishers from across the country. The leadership team from Spotlight Media spent the week learning of ways to improve its publications and digital presence to offer a greater product for Fargo-Moorhead.

The 2016 Nichee Awards were held at the end of the conference. This annual award show represent the best in niche publications from across the country. Fargo Monthly was honored to tie with Omaha Magazine for Best Niche Regional Magazine. Fargo Monthly was recognized for its superb design, excellent photography and quality editorial content.

“We are honored to win this award as it shows that all of our hard work has paid off,” said Editorial Director Andrew Jason. “This award shows that Fargo-Moorhead is worthy of national quality material and we are excited to share this award with our great community.”

Fargo Monthly is one of Spotlight Media’s four monthly publications. You can read the newest issue by following the link here. 

Spotlight Media Nominated For Chamber’s Small Business Of The Year Award

Spotlight Media Nominated For Chamber’s Small Business Of The Year Award

Spotlight Media is honored to be nominated for Spotlight Media’s Small Business of the Year award. The ChamberChoice Awards recognizes the best of the best when it comes to businesses in the FM area. According to the Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce’s website, “Winners exemplify excellence through proven growth or stability, innovation, creativity, community leadership and achievements.” Spotlight Media will officially find out if they won at the awards luncheon on Friday, May 20 from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Ramada Plaza & Suites and Conference Center.

Below is a list of last year’s winners.

Small Business of the Year: Office Sign Company
Business of the Year: Discovery Benefits, Inc.
Small Not-for-Profit of the Year: TNT Kids Fitness & Gymnastics
Not-for-Profit of the Year – Tie: Hospice of the Red River Valley and the Plains Art Museum
Entrepreneur of the Year: Matthew Lachowitzer, Matt’s Automotive Service Center
Young Professionals Best Place to Work: Choice Financial

 

Spotlight Media At The 2016 ADDY Awards

Spotlight Media At The 2016 ADDY Awards

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 Monthly, Bison Illustrated and Design & Living Magazine were submitted and we were honored to take home a gold and a silver award for our various publications.

Joe Kerlin Erica Rapp ADDY Awards 2016
Bison Illustrated Editor Joe Kerlin and Fargo Monthly Editor Erica Rapp at the 2016 ADDY Awards at the Holiday Inn Fargo. By J. Alan Paul Photography.

Fargo Monthly magazine took home a Gold ADDY award for “Collateral Material: Publication Design – Series, Cover/Editorial Spread of Feature” for its May, June, August and September 2015 issues.

fargo monthly may cover

May 2015 – “Family Fun Issue”

Fargo monthly june cover

June 2015 – “Best Burgers”

Fargo Monthly August

August 2015 – “The Risk Takers”

fargo monthly september 2015

September 2015 – “The Downtown Issue”

Design & Living magazine took home a Silver ADDY award for “Collateral Material: Publication Design – Cover” for its May 2015 issue.

Design and Living May

May 2015 – “Spring Shopping Guide”

Fargo Monthly Takes Gold Excellence Award At Minnesota Magazine Awards Show

Fargo Monthly Takes Gold Excellence Award At Minnesota Magazine Awards Show

Contact: Mike Dragosavich

Phone: 701-478-7768

Email: drago@spotlightmediafargo.com

 

Fargo, NDFargo 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.”

Fargo Monthly went up against some of these other magazines to win the prestigious awards.

  • Architecture MN
  • The Growler
  • Lake Superior Magazine
  • Rochester Magazine

Along with this award, Fargo Monthly also won awards for Gold Award for Best Cover Story Design for the May 2015 kids issue, a silver award for best feature article for the January 2015 ” A Look Ahead At 2015″ article, a silver award for best cover for the September 2014 downtown issue. Bison Illustrated also won a silver award for best feature design for the “Journey To The Summit” article and a bronze award for best cover for the August 2014 cover.

About Fargo Monthly

Fargo Monthly is a monthly publication produced by Spotlight Media. The magazine is focused on covering all things Fargo with content focusing on entertainment, music, nightlife, dining, sports and more. Learn more at fargomonthly.com.

The awards

The Minnesota Magazine & Publishing Association’s Excellence Awards recognize and foster outstanding publishing achievements. This competition includes categories in the areas of editorial, design, marketing, digital publishing and overall excellence. The judges for the competition are from all aspects of the publishing industry.

About MMPA

The Minnesota Magazine & Publishing Association was founded in 1995 to enhance the knowledge, image, communication, professional performance and financial growth of magazine publishers. Members include publishers, associates or vendors, freelancers, educational institutions and sponsors. For more information visit mmpa.net.