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Meet Spotlight Media’s New Web Editor

Meet Spotlight Media’s New Web Editor

Photo by Hillary Ehlen

Spotlight Media is constantly growing and changing. As we’re sad to see team members leave, we’re always excited to announce our newest hires. Since all our employees come from a wide range of backgrounds, each member offers unique skills that help the Spotlight Media team become even stronger and more well-rounded.

Meet Spotlight Media’s new web editor Jessica Ballou, and learn what makes her a perfect fit for our company.

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“I’ve lived in the Fargo-Moorhead area my whole life, and I absolutely love it here. I’ve had a lot of friends and family members move away, but there’s so much to love here that I don’t want to leave. I graduated from Concordia College in 2012 with a Bachelor’s degree in Print Journalism. I fell in love with writing and reading at a young age, and I haven’t looked back yet. “

What originally drew you to Spotlight Media?
“I’ve known about Spotlight Media publications for years and have always been impressed with the quality and how much I’ve learned about Fargo-Moorhead even though I’ve lived here my whole life. When the web editor position opened up, I knew I had to apply, and I’m so glad I did.”

What kinds of hobbies and interests do you have outside of work?
“I really love reading. Memoirs are my favorite, but I enjoy books from nearly any genre. I write a self-love and body positivity blog for fun, and that’s been really rewarding as well.”

What’s your favorite book and/or movie?
“I know it’s cliche, but that’s such a hard question to answer!  I have so many favorites in both. My current favorite book is The Body Is Not An Apology: The Power of Radical Self-Love by Sonya Renee Taylor, and my all-time favorite movie is Rocky Horror Picture Show.”

Share something about yourself that would surprise us.
“I can play the drums on expert level for Helter Skelter on The Beatles Rock Band.”

What’s the most useless talent you have?
“I’m really good at remembering very useless information about TV shows, movies and actors. I have a penchant for remembering really minute details and quotes that aren’t important to the overall plot in any way but they stick out to me for some reason.”

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.

Get To Know Design & Living Magazine’s New Associate Publisher

Get To Know Design & Living Magazine’s New Associate Publisher

Photo by Hillary Ehlen

Spotlight Media is constantly growing and changing. As we’re sad to see team members leave, we’re always excited to announce our newest hires. Since all our employees come from a wide range of backgrounds, each member offers unique skills that help the Spotlight Media team become even stronger and more well-rounded.

Meet Design & Living Magazine‘s new associate publisher Chantell Ramberg, and learn what makes her a perfect fit for our company.

Chantell Ramberg | Associate Publisher

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“I was born and raised in Fargo, ND. I went to UND for two years and spent the other two at NDSU finishing out my Bachelor’s degree in English. I spent the past six years in communications, marketing and public relations, and I’m happy to be a part of the Spotlight team!”

What originally drew you to Spotlight Media?
“The positivity. The company and our publications focus on everything that makes the Fargo-Moorhead area great.”

What kinds of hobbies and interests do you have outside of work?
“I have a 4-year-old that keeps me busy with the many different sports and activities she is interested in. If I get a second to myself you’d probably find me working out or doing something semi-athletic.”

What’s your favorite book and/or movie?
“Favorite book: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. Favorite movie: Troy or Goodfellas”

Share something about yourself that would surprise us.
“I played hockey and finished one season with over 44 penalty minutes.”

What’s the most useless talent you have?
“Kermit the frog impression”

Meet Spotlight Media’s New Distribution Manager

Meet Spotlight Media’s New Distribution Manager

Photo by Hillary Ehlen

Spotlight Media is constantly growing and changing. As we’re sad to see team members leave, we’re always excited to announce our newest hires. Since all our employees come from a wide range of backgrounds, each member offers unique skills that help the Spotlight Media team become even stronger and more well-rounded.

Meet our new distribution manager Darren Gibbins, and learn what makes him a perfect fit for our company.

Darren Gibbins | Distribution Manager

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“Two words describe my background, a Creative.

What originally drew you to Spotlight Media?
“The quality of the magazines.”

What kinds of hobbies and interests do you have outside of work?
“I’m passionate about audio and visual. Whether it’s Nico or Nikon, Dorothea Lange or Jonny Lang I’m generally up for tunes and tones.”

What’s your favorite book and/or movie?
“Favorite book, The Bible. Movie, The Princess Bride.”

What’s one ridiculous fact you know?
“If you stretched out the DNA of just one of your cells it would be about 2 meters long which means all your DNA would stretch out to the diameter of the Solar System.”

Get To Know Spotlight Media’s New Chief Operations Officer

Get To Know Spotlight Media’s New Chief Operations Officer

Photo by Hillary Ehlen

Spotlight Media is constantly growing and changing. As we’re sad to see team members leave, we’re always excited to announce our newest hires. Since all our employees come from a wide range of backgrounds, each member offers unique skills that help the Spotlight Media team become even stronger and more well-rounded.

Meet our new Chief Operations Officer Steve Kruse, and learn what makes him a perfect fit for our company.

Steve Kruse | Chief Operations Officer

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“I grew up in a small town in Minnesota and moved to the big city (Fargo) to attend NDSU and have never left nor have I cared to leave. My wife Patty and I have been married for 25 yrs and have 3 daughters that have also kept their roots in the FM area.”

What originally drew you to Spotlight Media?
“I retired last October after spending my entire life working in retail management. Not just any opportunity was going to lure me out of retirement, but Spotlight Media fit the bill! It is giving me the opportunity to work with some of the brightest and talented young minds in Fargo and give back to them as much as they give me.”

What kinds of hobbies and interests do you have outside of work?
“I’m a total homebody that loves to spend time with family and supplement that with cooking, putzing in the yard, and finding as much time for golf as I can.”

What’s your favorite book and/or movie?
“My favorite movie is Pee Wee’s Big Adventure. Don’t ask…..”

Share something about yourself that would surprise us.
“I had the privilege of running the quarter mile leg of the Mile Sprint Medley Relay against Mark Lutz in the Minnesota state high school track and field championships. For those of you old enough to remember, Mark Lutz was a former US Olympian.”

Spotlight Media Focused On New Ideas And Fun At Annual Staff Retreat

Spotlight Media Focused On New Ideas And Fun At Annual Staff Retreat

Photos by Hillary Ehlen

Each year, Spotlight Media staff members attend a retreat focused on team-building, brainstorming, challenging ourselves, what we’ve learned from the past year and where we can all go from here.

On March 29, we met at Stoker’s, in the basement of the Hotel Donaldson in downtown Fargo, and on March 30, we met in our in-house studio. We talked a lot about how far we’ve come in the eight years Spotlight Media has been a company, what’s possible for us in the future, our new mission statement, how we can improve individually and as a company, new story ideas for each of our publications and much more. However, the most important part of our conversation was about how we can better serve our community.

We left feeling very refreshed, re-energized and ready to tackle another great year here at Spotlight Media! Afterward, we met up for some more team-building and lots of laughs with the Spotees, an annual award show similar to the Dundies from The Office, an improv comedy show by the Line Benders.

Check out some photos from the retreat below!

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Business Operations Manager Larissa Kunde, Sales & Operations Assistant Pam Mjoness, Sales Representative Scott Rorvig, Sales Manager Layne Hanson, Web Editor Jessica Ballou and Design & Living Magazine’s Editor Becca Opp focus during a discussion at the retreat.

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Designer Matt Anderson, Fargo Monthly’s Editor Nolan Schmidt, Associate Publisher for Design & Living Magazine Chantell Ramberg, Senior Sales Executive Ryan Courneya and Chief Operations Officer Steve Kruse share their ideas with each other in a brainstorming session.

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Check Out FargoMonthly.com’s New Look!

Check Out FargoMonthly.com’s New Look!

In case you haven’t noticed, FargoMonthly.com has a new look!

The same content you know and love is still there, but we recently rolled out a lot of new features and options that you’re sure to enjoy. A cleaner look, faster load times and more engagement are just the start!

Some of our key new features include:

A clean new look

The homepage and other pages on FargoMonthly.com are more streamlined and easy to navigate.

Buttons for Hot and Trending stories at the top of every page

Curious about what stories are recent, trending or popular from the last 24 hours or 30 days? Now it’s easy to find out with the Hot and Trending pages.
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A new way for you to be involved with Fargo Monthly

We allow and encourage everyone in the community to contribute press releases, photos, story ideas, memes, videos, polls and more right on our website. Try it out today!

Improved user experiences with faster load times

Self-explanatory. Now you can get to the content you want even faster!

A new social media platform

Now anyone can create a profile on FargoMonthly.com to engage with the content and writers more. If you really like a particular writer or contributor, now you can follow them to keep up with whenever they have a new story on the website. You can also keep track of anything you’ve submitted to us, vote for stories you enjoy and more!

Check out these and other changes and improvements at FargoMonthly.com!

Meet Spotlight Media’s New Fargo Monthly Editor

Meet Spotlight Media’s New Fargo Monthly Editor

Photo by Hillary Ehlen

Spotlight Media is constantly growing and changing. As we’re sad to see team members leave, we’re always excited to announce our newest hires. Since all our employees come from a wide range of backgrounds, each member offers unique skills that help the Spotlight Media team become even stronger and more well-rounded.

Meet our new Fargo Monthly editor Nolan Schmidt, and learn what makes him a perfect fit for our company.

Nolan Schmidt | Fargo Monthly Editor

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“I am from Bismarck, ND originally, but I came to this area for school. I graduated from Minnesota State University Moorhead in 2017 majoring in English and Mass Communications and minoring in History. I have actually worked in radio in my professional career up until this point (and I still do on the side a bit), but now I am here!”

What originally drew you to Spotlight Media?
“I love this area and writing is my number one hobby/passion. I knew I would’ve regretted it if I didn’t try this opportunity. Plus, the people and culture here are bomb. ”

What kinds of hobbies and interests do you have outside of work?
“I like to write creatively, so like short stories and the occasion poem, it’s the English major in me. Besides that, I love to read and sports are a big interest for me. I am obsessed with basketball. ”

What’s your favorite book and/or movie?
“My favorite book is Dracula by Bram Stoker. Picking one movie is too challenging for me, but I love Pulp Fiction, that’s at least in the top-three. ”

Share something about yourself that would surprise us.
“I only eat fish, no red meat or poultry. Therefore, I love seafood.”

What’s the most useless talent you have?
“I have a weird memory that remembers random facts, but can’t recall where my car is parked. For example, give me any current or former NBA player and I can name where they went to college.”

Our April Magazines Are Here!

Our April Magazines Are Here!

Our April magazines are here! You can read the current and past issues of our magazines at issuu.com/FMSpotlight.

Each magazine is available by stand distribution throughout the Fargo-Moorhead area and select locations around the state. You can read Fargo Monthly, Design and Living Magazine and Fargo INC! online and subscribe to Bison Illustrated and Design & Living to get the magazine delivered right to your door every month.

For more information about Spotlight Media’s publications, visit SpotlightMediaFargo.com/Magazines.

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The Beer, Wine, and Spirits tour is a comprehensive guide to all the places that create the drinks you love! Whether it is a cocktail, craft beer, or even mead we have all the local establishments right here. We’ll tell you about their most popular products and what kind of neat events they put on each day. By the end of it all, you will want to take the same tour we did!

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This month, we visited local furniture and home decor stores in Fargo, Moorhead and West Fargo to take inventory of their new arrivals. What we found at these stores were handmade, on-trend and high-end products. Within these pages, you’ll find exactly what you need to revitalize your state of mind and satisfy the desire to update your spaces for the season.

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Fargo INC!

The kids are the future, and there’s no better proof of that than the FMWF Young Entrepreneurs Academy. Join us as we profile YEA! — the first and only program of its kind in North Dakota — and meet the local middle and high school students who will become the founders of tomorrow.

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Bison Illustrated

Dr. Seuss penned his famous last book before any current NDSU student-athletes were alive. But his messages have resonated through generations. “Oh, The Places You’ll Go!” was Dr. Seuss’ swan song and for Bison athletes, his final book sums up the commitment they made to play NDSU.

Our March Magazines Are Here!

Our March Magazines Are Here!

Our March magazines are here! You can read the current and past issues of our magazines at issuu.com/FMSpotlight.

Each magazine is available by stand distribution throughout the Fargo-Moorhead area and select locations around the state. You can read Fargo Monthly, Design and Living Magazine and Fargo INC! online and subscribe to Bison Illustrated to get the magazine delivered right to your door every month.

For more information about Spotlight Media’s publications, visit SpotlightMediaFargo.com/Magazines.

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North Dakota State’s success is built from the ground up. Student-athletes and coaches thrive when a solid foundation is installed before their arrival so they can grow from a nutritious base. We pounded the pavement on-campus to find that foundation and we found it with NDSU Athletics’ facilities.

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Live from Fargo-Moorhead, there are entertainment options for almost every night of the week! Our community has many opportunities for people to attend or get involved with local performing arts. Join us as we discover more from some of the organizations offered in our area, inspiring you to catch a show or maybe even audition. Either way, your involvement is always welcome.

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Design & Living Magazine

This month, we’ll introduce you to homeowners and renters who open up about the joys they experienced when updating their homes. Then they’ll share the stunning results that will speak to your soul.

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Join us as we celebrate a decade of the United Way’s 35 Under 35 Women’s Leadership Program and introduce the 2018 class.

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We set out to tell the story of Fargo-Moorhead from the people who make it great. Eight individuals talk about what the community means to them. With topics ranging from civic responsibility to dining and nightlife, what can you learn from them?