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Meet Spotlight Media’s New Fargo Monthly Editor

Meet Spotlight Media’s New Fargo Monthly Editor

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 and learn what makes her a perfect fit for our company.

Alexandra Martin | Fargo Monthly Editor

Alexandra Martin

I graduated from Stephens College, a small, Midwestern women’s college, with a BFA in Fashion Communications. I was born and raised in Alabama, spend a brief time in New York City, finished off school in Missouri and I recently found myself relocated to Fargo. I’ve worked in many fields, including graphic design, fashion merchandising and digital lifestyle publication and I’m excited to be able to finally narrow down on my passion: print publications!

What drew you to Spotlight Media?
I relocated to Fargo thanks to my boyfriend’s new job. When we were first looking into the area and researching all it had to offer, a realtor sent us a few copies of Spotlight Media’s publications in the mail. As soon as I flipped through the magazines, I looked up and said, “I’m going to work for one of these.” And here I am! I’ve always loved the hole that local publications fill and I’m a huge proponent of supporting local business and culture.

What kinds of hobbies and interests do you have outside of work?
I recently have found myself in the kitchen and really enjoying cooking. I follow a plant-based diet, which the Midwest isn’t 100% accommodating of all the time, so if I want a tasty dish on the go, I know I have to make it myself! I’ve started broadening my culinary horizons and cooking all sorts of vegetable combinations I never would have previously. (Pecan braised artichoke is a recent favorite!)

What’s your favorite book and/or movie?
My favorite piece of classic literature is Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, I have so much respect for her as a groundbreaking, young woman.
Lately, I have been loving Mamma Mia! because ABBA is one of my favorite bands and I love a good sing-a-long.

Share something about yourself that would surprise us.
I am a debutante, yes like in She’s The Man. Any excuse to wear a gorgeous gown and go to a big party.

What’s the most useless talent you have?
My jaw is double-jointed, which means I can open it wider to fit more food into it (I eat fast). And on a similar note, I am also good at staging food photos for Instagram.

Welcome Spotlight Media’s New Client Relations Administrator

Welcome Spotlight Media’s New Client Relations Administrator

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 client relations administrator and learn what makes her a perfect fit for our company.

Alex Kizima | Client Relations Administrator

Alex Kizima

I grew up in a small town in North Dakota and went to college at MSUM – Go Dragons! I’m a very curious person. I grew up with a work-a-holic mom and a travel-loving dad, so I combined the two so I get to work hard and travel more. You can usually catch me at Island Park hanging in my hammock or walking my cat.

What drew you to Spotlight Media?
I picked up Fargo Monthly when I first moved to the FM area. I thought it was a great way to learn about the community I’d call home. People don’t think Fargo is anything more than a movie, so it’s so great to have a magazine to say, “See, we’re a great community with even greater awesome things going on!”

What kinds of hobbies and interests do you have outside of work?
I love going to concerts and traveling. I’ve seen more than 100 bands and am trying to go to every Hard Rock Cafe in the world.

What’s your favorite book and/or movie?
I LOVE FORREST GUMP.

Share something about yourself that would surprise us.
I’m 6 feet tall and afraid of heights, but I forget that I’m afraid of heights until I’m really high in the air. I once had to hold the hand of a stranger in London because I climbed to the top of a tower and was too scared to climb down on my own.

What’s the most useless talent you have?
I remember useless facts. Did you know giraffes have the same number of neck bones as humans?

Grab Your Copies Of Our August Issues Now!

Grab Your Copies Of Our August Issues Now!

Our August Spotlight Media 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 Magazine to get the magazine delivered right to your door every month.

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

Fargo Monthly magazine August 2018

Feel like you aren’t getting the most out of your Fargo experience? Not to worry, we have compiled a list of downtown Fargo treats, new and old, for you to explore and enjoy. Whether you’re new to the area or a seasoned veteran, you will be surprised by some of the special findings we have unearthed. From street art to treat-yo’-self ventures to historical tidbits, you can be sure you are using your last weeks of summer wisely by checking out these essential Fargo treasures.

Design & Living Magazine August 2018

Design & Living Magazine

These serene scenes will inspire you to make the most of the season, featuring lots of lovely landscaping, a recipe for a pretty poolside party, charming exteriors, a bright and airy three-season porch and a whimsical garden. Then,  come along with us as we tour a Perham home that is breathtakingly beautiful, inside and out.

Fargo INC! Magazine August 2018

Meet Adam Martin, a Fargo social entrepreneur who wants the community and business owners alike to look at felons in a different light, and, more importantly, see how their unique experiences and skill sets can actually be an asset.

Stay tuned for more information about the special alumni issue of Bison Illustrated, which will hit stands in late August!

Meet Spotlight Media’s New Business Operations Manager

Meet Spotlight Media’s New Business Operations Manager

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 business operations manager and learn what makes her a perfect fit for our company.

Colleen Dreyer | Business Operations Manager

Colleen Dreyer

I was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. GO CUBS!!! I moved to Fargo with my cat, Titan on June 22nd, 2018. I attended Northern Illinois University and received my Undergrad degree in Marketing and my Masters in Human Resource Management. When I am not at work I can be found at the gym, outside or spending time with my friends or family.

What drew you to Spotlight Media?

After moving here from Chicago, I was looking for a company with a direct mission, vision and core values I could stand behind. A company that I was a good fit for and in turn they were a good fit for me. After meeting the staff at Spotlight, I knew we were a match.

What kinds of hobbies and interests do you have outside of work?

Spending time with my family and friends is #1. I love being in the gym lifting. Honestly, anything that involves animals makes me smile.

What’s your favorite book and/or movie?

Dale Carnegie, “How to Win Friends and Influence People”

Any movie with Melissa McCarthy, Jennifer Aniston and Sandra Bullock.

Share something about yourself that would surprise us.

I have run with the bulls, swam with sharks, and hugged a full-grown tiger. I will do just about anything dangerous with animals.

What’s the most useless talent you have?

“Talent without discipline is like an octopus on roller skates. There’s plenty of movement, but you never know if it’s going to be forward, backwards, or sideways.” H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Saying Goodbye To The Fargo INC! Editor

Saying Goodbye To The Fargo INC! Editor

Photo by Hillary Ehlen

After about three years of working with Spotlight Media, Fargo INC! Editor Nate Mickelberg is leaving to pursue a different opportunity. While everyone at Spotlight Media will miss him, we wish him nothing but the best.

“Nate has done a tremendous job helping create the Fargo INC! brand,” said Andrew Jason, Spotlight Media’s Editorial Director. “He has become an expert in the FM business scene and he will be sorely missed, but we wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors.”

We sat down with Nate for one final Q&A to reflect on his time here at Spotlight Media and Fargo INC!.

What’d been your favorite part about working at Fargo INC!/Spotlight?

The creative freedom. I can count on one hand the number of times I had to defend an idea, and that’s a testament to the amount of creative trust they had in me. I genuinely appreciated it, and I think it’s a big part of what makes Spotlight different.

What are some of the stories you’re most proud of covering/working on?

A few come to mind:

  • May 2018 cover story, “Why Fargo?” – Not only interesting personal narratives but a great overall sell of Fargo as a place to start and grow a business.
  • October 2017 cover story (and subsequent evergreen article), “A Career After Camo” – A profile of seven area veterans who started businesses after their time in service. It was a fascinating look at the different perspectives about how military life can both help and hurt an entrepreneurial mentality.
  • April 2016 cover story, “Swimming with the Sharks” – Definitely the most fun (and stressful) photo shoot we ever did. We rented out the MSUM swimming pool for an entire morning to photograph the cofounders of PRx Performance — a lot of people didn’t know that cover was actually shot underwater.

What’s one thing you wish people knew about Fargo INC!/Spotlight?

It’s more of a request, I’d say: Keep supporting local media. At a time when our problems can seem so big and distant, local stories are a great way to connect with and celebrate all the people in our community who are working to solve those problems in their own small way.

What do you think you’ll miss the most about being here?

I’m really going to miss the creative process. I’ve worked with the same core team all three years I’ve been here, and I think we got to a point where we were finishing each other’s sentences, creatively speaking. That’s not easily found or replicated, and while I’m going to miss working with them, I’m really proud of all the great stories we told together.

Welcome Spotlight Media’s New Graphic Designer

Welcome Spotlight Media’s New Graphic Designer

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 graphic designer and learn what makes her a perfect fit for our company.

Sarah Stauner | Graphic Designer

Sarah Stauner

I’m originally from central Wisconsin, but graduated from UMD in Duluth, Minnesota with a BFA in Graphic Design and Marketing. In my time at UMD I worked for our student news organization, and that’s where I fell in love with journalism. I’ve always wanted my career to be a pairing of journalism and design – and that’s what I’m doing here at Spotlight!

What drew you to Spotlight Media?
I’ve been reading Spotlight’s magazines since I moved to the Fargo-Moorhead area last year. I always have appreciated the quality of design and content that the magazines include, and that they are each unique in their own way.

What kinds of hobbies and interests do you have outside of work?
I recently started biking and I really love yoga. I enjoy going to the movie theater and keeping up to date on new films. Spending time with family is a big part of my life too.

What’s your favorite book and/or movie?
A couple of my favorite movies right now are La La Land, Black Panther and The Shape of Water. About Time is the one movie I can watch over and over, and still not get sick of it.

Share something about yourself that would surprise us.
In our one bedroom apartment, we have approximately 15 plants.

What’s the most useless talent you have?
I can do that three leaf clover thing with my tongue. Totally useless – unless you’re trying to impress children.

Check Out Our New July Issues!

Check Out Our New July Issues!

Our July Spotlight Media 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 Magazine to get the magazine delivered right to your door every month.

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

Fargo Monthly July 2018

Are you a pet owner in the Fargo-Moorhead area? Well, we asked the city of Fargo, looked over the data, and came up with the things you need to know about owning a pet in Fargo. From adopting your pet to frequently asked questions, we have an all-encompassing list for you to peruse. If you want to give your pet the best life possible, you’ll need to check out this cover story.

Design & Living Magazine July 2018

Design & Living Magazine

It’s true; we love the Lakes. Each year, we travel to the heart of Lakes Country to find paradise amongst the lake homes, cabins and resorts. This month is no exception. We’ll show you three private homes with amazing indoor and outdoor spaces that we’d love to call our own.

Fargo INC! July 2018

The TEDxFargo team is crafting our community’s ninth TED event, which will be held at the end of this month on July 26 at the Fargo Civic Center. The day will be a chance for our community to share ideas and experiences as the team brings another world-class event to Fargo. There will be local, national, and global thought leaders who will be sharing their ideas on the main stage to help solve challenges and create possibilities. The idea is to empower people to be solutions-oriented, believing that ideas can change the way the world works. So come listen to new ideas, find a topic you’re passionate about and then take action to enable those ideas. And ask yourself a simple question, “How will I go forth?”

Bison Illustrated July 2018

Bison Illustrated

Considering we are all on an endless quest to attain the freshest Bison news, we decided it would be good to feature those who bring us that news. So, we gathered all of the local media figures who cover North Dakota State and we had them answer some interesting questions. We also had them step in front of a camera which is something they are used to doing.

2018 Burgers, Brews & BBQ Festival Review

2018 Burgers, Brews & BBQ Festival Review

Spotlight Media’s fifth annual Burgers, Brews & BBQ Festival was one of our best yet! More than 1,000 people showed up to eat burgers and BBQ, drink beer, listen to some music, hang out and more at the Moorhead Mall parking ramp.

With 19 restaurants and 15 breweries participating this year, we wanted to say thank you so much to all of our vendors and everyone else who came out to celebrate! There were roughly 7,500 burgers samples and 6,000 beer samples served throughout the night. Check out this recap to learn more about this year’s event:

Congrats to our 2018 best burger and BBQ Winners!

Best Burger: Mick’s Office

Burgers, Brews & BBQ Festival

Best BBQ: Urban Foods Catering

Burgers, Brews & BBQ Festival

Here are photos from the rest of the event:

Burgers, Brews & BBQ Festival

Burgers, Brews & BBQ Festival

Burgers, Brews & BBQ Festival

Burgers, Brews & BBQ Festival

Burgers, Brews & BBQ Festival

Burgers, Brews & BBQ Festival

Burgers, Brews & BBQ Festival

Burgers, Brews & BBQ Festival

Burgers, Brews & BBQ Festival

Burgers, Brews & BBQ Festival

Burgers, Brews & BBQ Festival

Burgers, Brews & BBQ Festival

Burgers, Brews & BBQ Festival

Burgers, Brews & BBQ Festival

Burgers, Brews & BBQ Festival

Burgers, Brews & BBQ Festival

 

Come Work For Spotlight Media!

Come Work For Spotlight Media!

Spotlight Media has several exciting positions open, and we’d love for you to join our team! Here is a list of our current openings with a short description. Click on each title to learn more about the positions!

Lead Driver

Spotlight Media is looking for a full-time lead driver to oversee the distribution of Spotlight Media publications across the Fargo-Moorhead area and occasionally in Grand Forks, North Dakota. This position will be a mix of delivery and management. Roughly 75 percent of the time will be spent delivering magazines around town. The other 25 percent will be overseeing the team of delivery drivers, preparing work schedules and coordinating between the operations and distribution departments. An ideal candidate will be responsible, professional and efficient.

Fargo INC! Editor

This position is a mixture of management and writing. While they will be doing a good deal of writing, they must also be a good project manager and work with all available resources to finish the magazine. The goal is to provide exceptional, informative and engaging content and to stay true to the publication’s brand and identity. In this position, they will work on making sure the reader is informed and engaged.

Spotlight Media Team Took To The Streets For Distribution Day

Spotlight Media Team Took To The Streets For Distribution Day

On Friday, June 8, the Spotlight Media team delivered our new June magazines to more than 300 businesses throughout Fargo, Moorhead and West Fargo.

Spotlight Media employees visited area businesses to get the new issues out and be more involved in the community. This distribution day was part of a company-wide effort to be more efficient with all processes, including distribution.

Our employees paired off into teams and tackled a different part of the Fargo-Moorhead area. We all had a list of destinations to visit, and we grabbed several boxes each of Fargo Monthly, Fargo INC!, Design & Living Magazine and Bison Illustrated before hitting the streets.

After we finished our routes, we met back at our Spotlight Media office downtown to reconnect about the day and what we learned about our community while we were out and about.

The Spotlight Media team on Distribution Day

Here’s what some of the Spotlight Media team had to say about our distribution day:

  • Sales Executive Dan Helm: “It was a good way to end the week and get out and talk to people in the community that I wouldn’t have gotten to during a normal work day.”
  • Design & Living Magazine Associate Publisher Chantell Ramberg: “It was great to see how much of the community appreciates our mission and what we do as a company. I felt fortunate to have a day dedicated to connecting with our audience.”
  • Chief Operations Officer Steve Kruse: “It was a fun team building day and it was also fun to go into the different businesses and see how excited they were to see us when we walked in with their magazines! I also have a new found appreciation for what our distribution team does on a daily basis.”
  • Design & Living Magazine Editor Becca Opp: “I love team delivery day. This year, the associate publisher of Design & Living Magazine and I had a great time getting out there and meeting our readers!”