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VIDEO: What Is Spotlight Media All About?

VIDEO: What Is Spotlight Media All About?

Seven years ago, Spotlight Media was created with the sole purpose to show locals and visitors all the metro area has to offer and to make all who live here proud to call Fargo home. What started with one man handing out CD-sized magazines along Broadway, has grown to 4 monthly and 2 yearly publications that encompass all that’s the Fargo-Moorhead area.

Everything that we have accomplished over these seven years has been thanks to our community. We couldn’t have done it without you.

We worked with Let’s Watch Productions to create a video that shows what Spotlight Media is all about. Enjoy!

Introducing Spotlight Media’s New Team Members

Introducing Spotlight Media’s New Team Members

Photos by Paul Flessland

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 three new team members and learn what makes them a perfect fit for our company.

Scott Cramer | Videography Intern

Scott Cramer Videography intern

“I grew up in Kindred, North Dakota. I attended Concordia College for two years, then transferred to the Minnesota State University of Moorhead and changed my major from marketing to advertising. I’ve worked in the food industry, carpentry, engineering and television over the past few years.”

What kinds of hobbies and interests do you have outside of work?
“I love going to the lake, going to concerts and I occasionally make videos for YouTube.”

What’s your favorite book and/or movie?
“My favorite book is ‘Unwind’ and my favorite movie—though I have many—is either The ‘Prestige,’ ‘Forrest Gump’ or any Marvel movie.”

Share something about yourself that would surprise us?
“I’ve been featured on Jimmy Fallon twice!”

What drew you to Spotlight Media originally?
“My sister used to work here and I’ve heard nothing but good things throughout the community about this company.”

What are you looking forward to the most with your new position?
“Continuing to learn about video production and getting a chance to produce content more often than I used to.”

If you could switch your job with anyone else within Spotlight Media for a day, whose job would you want? Why?
“Photographer Paul Flessland. He gets to spend a lot of time outside of the office and he always looks like he’s having a good time.”

Last question, most important, if Hollywood made a movie about your life, who would you like to see cast as you? Why?
“I’d like to say Dave Franco, but I think I have too much of a baby face for that and he’s like 30 years old now—I know, who would have thought. I’d be cool with Cole Sprouse giving it a shot.”

Pam Mjoness | Sales Administrative Assistant

Pam Mjoness

“I am born and raised in Moorhead. I worked with my husband launching our small business for the last 3 years. Prior to that, I was a 911 dispatcher for 10 years. I attended Concordia College in Moorhead double majoring in criminal justice and Spanish. My youngest daughter is also fluent in Spanish so we do have conversations between us so our family can’t understand.”

What kinds of hobbies and interests do you have outside of work?
“All 4 of my children have either played or are currently playing hockey. We are a year round hockey family with tennis and softball sprinkled in. When I’m not freezing at some hockey rink, I enjoy our backyard pool and knitting newborn hats that I donate to Essentia Health Birthing Center.”

What’s your favorite book and/or movie?
“Favorite book is actually my favorite author, Jennifer Weiner. I love her down-to-earth writing style. Favorite movie of all time is ‘Marley & Me.’ I still cry when watching it.”

Share something about yourself that would surprise us?
“I have 13 tattoos and 4 piercings. Not all are visible. As my mom would say, I ‘look normal’ from the outside.”

What drew you to Spotlight Media originally?
“Having been in the sales industry for the past 3 years, what originally drew me to Spotlight was the additional networking I could do and also bring my experiences to the table. I knew a little bit about how the company was started and how it has grown right here in Fargo.”

What are you looking forward to the most with your new position?
“Learning new things and really challenging myself to take initiative to drive home tasks that are not only given to me but created for me by me. I love to be inventive and try to come up with new strategies to work with. My brain is constantly moving at 100 mph.”

If you could switch your job with anyone else within Spotlight Media for a day, whose job would you want? Why?
“I think everybody here at Spotlight has a heavy load. I would like to shadow Mike (Dragosavich) but not actually BE him. See what he goes through day to day. The stressors he has here trying to manage and run a very successful company and what he envisions for the future. I think he also has a brain that runs 100 mph.”

Last question, most important, if Hollywood made a movie about your life, who would you like to see cast as you? Why?
“Drew Barrymore. Now for you really young people, you will not get this but when I was younger, people would say I was a dead ringer for her in the movie ‘Savannah Smiles.’ We are both wives and mothers who try to balance family life and work life. Granted, I have more kids but she has a busier work schedule than I.”

Liz McLain | Office Manager

“I was born and raised in Moorhead, Minnesota. I was able to be home with my now 6-month-old son, Eli, prior to working for Spotlight Media. Previously, I worked as a staffing consultant/recruiter for Express Employment Professionals for a little over a year. Prior to that, I was employed as an intake administrative specialist and allocations champion with Integreon Managed Solutions for three years, working closely with a labor relations company as well as with the shipping unions and corresponding employers. I obtained my associate degree in human resources from Minnesota State Community and Technical College. I was the student life officer for the on-campus Student Human Resources Organization and am a member of the honor society Phi Theta Kappa. I am also a member of the Society for Human Resource Management and the Fargo-Moorhead Human Resource Society.”

Liz McLain

What kinds of hobbies and interests do you have outside of work?
“Outside of my professional life, much of my time is taken up by my son, Eli. I am an avid reader! I created my own book club a little over a year ago with friends and passively participate in another book club if the book is of interest to me. I also enjoy writing poetry and short stories. I have even started to write a novel.

“I love music and enjoy attending live shows. I enjoy spending time outdoors at the lake, in the parks around the area, traveling to the many different State and National Parks. I thoroughly enjoy hiking and camping. I went on a month long road trip a few years ago where I visited 9 different states, a minimum of 10 different National Parks, hiked hundreds of miles, traveled almost 5,000 miles and slept in a tent at least 23 of the 27 nights.

“I enjoy watching football, hockey and motocross/supercross. I have dabbled in cosplay and have a knack for sewing. I have a large collection of board games and like to have friends over or go to friend houses to play them. I love Hayao Miyazaki films and even have a 1/2 sleeve tattoo in progress featuring most of his characters.”

What’s your favorite book and/or movie?
“It would be difficult to pin down my absolute favorite book. I thoroughly enjoy the ‘Harry Potter’ series and ‘Dream a Little Dream’ by Piers Anthony. My all time favorite movie is ‘The Last Unicorn.'”

Share something about yourself that would surprise us?
“Something surprising? Depending on your personal outlook when learning things about someone, everything could be! I already mentioned my sewing skills but I also am skilled at cake/cookie decorating.”

What drew you to Spotlight Media originally?
“I was very excited when I saw there was an opportunity with Spotlight Media! I have known of the magazines and about the company for some time. I love that it is local and has so much potential! I also was in a photo in the December 2011 issue of FM Spotlight.”

What are you looking forward to the most with your new position?
“As Office Manager, I am looking forward to learning more about the ins and outs of this type of business. I am happy that I will have my skill set put to work and be able to better develop others as well as gain new ones.”

If you could switch your job with anyone else within Spotlight Media for a day, whose job would you want? Why?
“Someone in the editorial staff! I do not know enough about all the ins and outs to get an accurate answer. However, I would enjoy assisting in obtaining stories and information for the magazine. It would be an added satisfaction seeing the hard work in the magazine ones it goes live online and the printed copies arrive in the office.”

Last question, most important, if Hollywood made a movie about your life, who would you like to see cast as you? Why?
“The only name that comes to mind for an actress to play me is Blake Lively. I like most of the movies she has done and if I got to semi be involved with the movie, I may even meet her beau, Ryan Reynolds!”

Take A Peek At Spotlight Media’s May Magazines

Take A Peek At Spotlight Media’s May Magazines

From the reveal of the Favor Award winners to a 30,000-feet view of drones in North Dakota, the May magazines have it all. Check out our list of magazines that are out this month and see which one sparks your interest.

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 or subscribe to Bison Illustrated to get the magazine delivered right to your door every month. Subscribe to Bison Illustrated here.  For more information about Spotlight Media’s publications, visit spotlightmediafargo.com/magazines.

Fargo Monthly May 2017

Fargo Monthly’s Flavor Awards 2017: We had the people of Fargo-Moorhead nominate and vote for their favorite local dishes, drinks and establishments over the course of the last few months to find the best of the best in the local dining scene. And now, after an overwhelming number of responses and support, we’re showcasing what came out on top in our second annual Flavor Awards.

Design and living may 2017

Design & Living Magazine

Grow your style with our 2017 Spring into Summer Shopping Guide! Blooming with locally sourced finds, this guide is sure to freshen up your home, inside and out!

Fargo INC May 2017

Fargo INC!

Are drones and automated systems the next two big industries in North Dakota? A number of business and political leaders think so. In this wide-ranging cover story, we cover everything from drone racing to precision agriculture to self-driving cars. We also preview the upcoming Drone Focus Conference 2017, and U.S. Sen. John Hoeven even makes an appearance. Also in this issue: A TEDxFargo speaker preview, the opening of Kilbourne Group’s Roberts Garage and why North Dakota is the No. 1 state for Millennials.

Bison Illustrated May 2017

Bison Illustrated

We dip into the NFL for the May edition of Bison Illustrated and caught up with several former Bison. Los Angeles Chargers linebacker Kyle Emanuel maps out his path into the League while associate head coach for the Baltimore Ravens Jerry Rosburg lists his long journey to the Super Bowl. Jon Gruden also drops by Fargo during his offseason tour. Checkout what he said about NDSU.

Bison Illustrated Editor Talks With KVRR About Kyle Emanuel’s NFL Journey

Bison Illustrated Editor Talks With KVRR About Kyle Emanuel’s NFL Journey

Bison Illustrated Editor Joe Kerlin joined KVRR Local News to discuss Spotlight Media’s May magazines. In particular, he expanded on Bison Illustrated’s issue, “NFL Life With Kyle Emanuel,” which highlights the journey of Kyle Emanuel through his days at North Dakota State University and what he did to end up in the NFL. Watch the full video at KVRR.com.

Bison Illustrated May 2017

Bison Illustrated

NFL Life With Kyle Emanuel

We dip into the NFL for the May edition of Bison Illustrated and caught up with several former Bison. Los Angeles Chargers linebacker Kyle Emanuel maps out his path into the League while associate head coach for the Baltimore Ravens Jerry Rosburg lists his long journey to the Super Bowl. Jon Gruden also drops by Fargo during his offseason tour. Check out what he said about NDSU.

May magazines

Read the latest issues of Spotlight Media’s magazines at spotlightmediafargo.com/magazines.

Editorial Director Participates In SBA’s Emerging Leaders Business Training Program

Editorial Director Participates In SBA’s Emerging Leaders Business Training Program

Photo special to Spotlight Media

Editorial Director Andrew Jason is participating in the U.S. Small Business Administration Emerging Leaders Initiative in Fargo. The seven-month federal training initiative provides small business owners the opportunity to work with experienced mentors, attend approximately 100 hours of specialized workshops, network with fellow leaders and take that next step in the growth process.

“I am so excited to be learning from some of the most knowledgeable business professionals I’ve met,” Jason said. “Not only am I excited to learn from the facilitator Karen Froelich, but I’m also thrilled to work with other business leaders like Ashley Morken of Unglued, Tom Enright of GoodBulb and many others. I can’t wait to take what I learn to help grow our company and create as much impact as possible.”

Upon graduation of the program, participants have a three-year growth action plan and a sturdy network of peers and industry experts. According to SBA’s website, its “outreach in these communities has resulted in entrepreneurial success that generates new jobs, attracts investment and provides a more sustainable economic base in distressed areas.”

For more information about Emerging Leaders Fargo, visit sba.gov/emergingleaders.

‘Bring On The Cats’ Interviews Bison Illustrated Editor About Past Athletic Director Gene Taylor

‘Bring On The Cats’ Interviews Bison Illustrated Editor About Past Athletic Director Gene Taylor

Feature photo by J. Alan Paul Photography
Portrait by Paul Flessland

Since Kansas State recently hired Gene Taylor as the new director of athletics, “Bring On The Cats,” SB Nation’s sports news site built to focus on Kansas State University athletics, reached out to Bison Illustrated Editor Joe Kerlin for a Q&A on the matter.

Joe Kerlin Bison Illustrated Editor at Spotlight Media in Fargo

“We thought it would be a good idea to get to know something about the man (Gene Taylor) straight from the horse’s mouth — or the Bison’s mouth, as it were,” the article stated. Kerlin knows the ins and outs of NDSU athletics and truly understands the impact Gene Taylor had on the Bison Nation. You can read the Q&A at “Kansas State Q&A – Getting to know about Gene Taylor.

Introducing Spotlight Media’s New Interns

Introducing Spotlight Media’s New Interns

Portraits by Paul Flessland

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 Fargo INC! Editorial Intern Kara Jeffers and Project Administrative Intern Kelsey Wolters, and learn what makes them a perfect fit for our company.

Kelsey Wolters | Project Administrative Intern

Kelsey Wolters is from Burtrum, Minnesota, a village of roughly 100 people about 15 minutes outside of Long Prairie, Minnesota. She’s currently enrolled at Minnesota State University of Moorhead, where she’s scheduled to graduate December 2017 with a major in advertising and a double minor in mass communications and media analysis. Going on four years this August, Wolters is also a manager at the Moorhead Country Club.

Kelsey Wolters

What kinds of hobbies and interests do you have outside of work?
“I love going to my parents house, since they live on a lake, and playing with our chocolate lab named Bogey—yes, we are a golfing family. I started golfing when I was six years old, but even though I only go a handful of times a year, it’s one of my favorite things to do.

“Two of the reasons I enjoy winter is because of snowmobiling and hockey season. I grew up in a hockey loving family, so yelling at the TV during games is a common thing. My family also goes on a yearly snowmobile trip around Voyageurs National Park.”

Share something about yourself that would surprise us?
“I can quote a majority of Walt Disney movies, but the Lion King I have memorized like the back of my hand. It was always my favorite movie growing up. If you don’t believe me, wait until you hear me talk about my dog, Mufasa. Best part, he’s a Yorkie, so he is only a small dog with a big dog name.”

What drew you to Spotlight Media originally?
“My mom works at the printing press in Long Prairie, Minnesota, that handles a few Spotlight magazine accounts. When I realized I wanted to get more into sports/advertising a couple years ago, she brought home the Bison Illustrated magazine for me to look at and I started looking into the magazines and following them ever since.”

What are you looking forward to the most?
“I have always been curious as to how the company works, so understanding and learning the complete process from brainstorming to sending the magazines to print is something I am ready to learn.”

If you could switch your job with anyone else within Spotlight Media for a day, whose job would you want? Why?
“I would have to say it would probably be with a photographer or designer. I was a photography major for two years at MSUM before I switched over to advertising. I have always enjoyed the art and the creative process.”

Last question, most important, if Hollywood made a movie about your life, who would you like to see casted as you? Why?
“Zooey Deschanel because I went through a phase where I had dark hair and straight bangs. But mostly, it would be because in “New Girl,” she’s slightly awkward and always joking around or laughing. If you were to ask my friends, they could tell you a few dozen awkward stories of me, along with the fact I can never be serious for more than a few seconds.”

Kara Jeffers | Fargo INC! Editorial Intern

Kara Jeffers is from Garrison, North Dakota, a small town north of Bismarck, North Dakota, on Lake Sakakawea. She’s expected to graduate from North Dakota State University in May with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and minor in theatre arts. In addition to working at Spotlight Media, Jeffers also works at the Fargo-Moorhead Visitor’s Center, where she’s one of the first people (and, at times, only person) visitors meet when they arrive to North Dakota—talk about pressure.

Kara Jeffers

What kinds of hobbies and interests do you have outside of work?
“I enjoy theatre, specifically directing. I read a lot, both books and plays. During the summer, I ride my bike and try to do at least 10 miles every day. I play piano and the ukulele. I’m constantly planning road trips I want to take.”

Share something about yourself that would surprise us?
“I like to do things that scare me. For example, I’m scared of heights but try to put myself into situations to help me conquer that fear, like skydiving, parasailing, climbing towers or walls, going on to roofs of buildings and so on.”

What drew you to Spotlight Media originally?
“While working at the F-M Visitor’s Center, we get all of (Spotlight Media’s) publications delivered to us to hand out to visitors. I would always read them when they came in. As the semester was nearing an end, and I was looking for a journalism-related internship, I remembered how fun and creative the magazines were and decided to look up job opportunities at Spotlight.”

What are you looking forward to the most?
“I’m looking forward to creating connections with my coworkers and people in the Fargo-Moorhead area. I’m excited to meet and get to know people within the business community.”

If you could switch your job with anyone else within Spotlight Media for a day, whose job would you want? Why?
“I would want to switch with Sarah Geiger, the lead designer. I’ve always been interested in design, even though it’s been several years since I’ve pursued it, and I think the switch would also remind me how much work the designers do that doesn’t always get recognized.”

Last question, most important, if Hollywood made a movie about your life, who would you like to see casted as you? Why?
“Oh gosh, I expected this question to be difficult. It’s actually super easy. Mae Whitman, for three reasons: 1. I’ve loved every character I’ve seen her portray. 2. “Parenthood” is my favorite. 3. She has just as many, if not more, ear piercings as I do.”

Join Spotlight Media This Thursday For A Free Networking Event

Join Spotlight Media This Thursday For A Free Networking Event

Join us this Thursday, April 13, at Spotlight Media for a FREE networking event organized by the AAF-ND Fun Committee. Stop by anytime between 5:01 – 7:00 p.m. to get a tour of Spotlight Media’s new Downtown Fargo space and newly constructed media studio, all while enjoying free refreshments and appetizers with good company.

Register For Free Today!

TOUR

Check out Spotlight Media’s new downtown Fargo space in the Bell Bank building at 15 Broadway N (Floor 5). Tours will include a showing of their newly constructed media studio on the 7th floor.

SOCIAL

Appetizers and beverages will be provided by Spotlight Media.

DIRECTIONS

15 Broadway North (Bell Bank Building) Floor 5 | Downtown Fargo

PARKING

Free parking in the Bell Bank parking lot after 5:00 p.m. This event is FREE thanks to the generosity of our hosts, but please register via the link below.

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.

Bison Illustrated Editor Joe Kerlin Talks With KVRR About Young Athletes On The Rise

Bison Illustrated Editor Joe Kerlin Talks With KVRR About Young Athletes On The Rise

Bison Illustrated Editor Joe Kerlin joins KVRR Local News this morning to discuss the April issue of Bison Illustrated titled “The Rise,” which highlights NDSU’s athletes’ newest talent set to ascend into the Bison history book. Watch the full video at KVRR.com.

Bison Illustrated The Rise April

Bison Illustrated

THE RISE

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.

 

April Covers

Read each of the latest issues at spotlightmediafargo.com/magazines.

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