Meet The New Spotlight Media Team Members

Meet The New Spotlight Media Team Members

Meet The New Spotlight Media Team Members

Spotlight Media is constantly growing and changing. As we’re sad to see a few team members leave, we’re also excited to announce this year’s new hires. Since they come from a wide range of backgrounds, each new member offers unique skills that help the Spotlight Media team become even stronger and more well-rounded. From photography to office management, meet our new team members.

Nicole Houseal | Office Manager

Nicole Houseal

Nicole Houseal graduated from UND with a bachelor’s degree in business and human resources. Before joining the Spotlight Media team, she worked as a coffee shop coordinator at Edgewood Village & Vista. In their free time, Nicole and her boyfriend spoil their adopted, eight-year-old ‘puppy’ Ty, sip locally-brewed beers and watch “Modern Family.”

Why did you want to be a part of Spotlight Media?
“Spotlight Media looked like a fun, upbeat company with an open position in which I wanted to see myself career-wise.”

What were you most excited about when you found out you were going to be joining the Spotlight Media team?
“Being a small company, I knew there was going to be a lot that I was going to learn and I was very excited for that.”

What’s your favorite part about your new position?
“Every day is different. I love learning new things every day, it makes work challenging but fun at the same time.”

What do you hope to learn from working at Spotlight Media?
“I hope to continue to learn new processes within the company and help out in any way I can to better the company.”

Laura Cramer | Photographer/Event Coordinator

Laura Cramer is a recent MSUM graduate with a degree in Public Relations. Throughout her time at MSUM, she was an active member of Gamma Phi Beta Sorority, a resident assistant and even participated in the Disney College Program at Walt Disney World for a semester. The busy, multi-talented student even found time to photograph weddings and senior portraits. Now that she’s started at Spotlight Media, Laura loves photographing the F-M area, seeing her photos printed in the magazines and organizing Spotlight Media events.

Laura Cramer

Why did you want to be a part of Spotlight Media?
“I wanted to be a part of Spotlight Media because I have followed the magazines for the past couple years and always thought it would be super cool to work here.”

What were you most excited about when you found out you were going to be joining the Spotlight Media team?
“I was most excited that I got to help plan the Burgers, Bourbon and Beer Festival.”

What’s your favorite part about your new position?
“My favorite part of this position is the event planning I get to do. It’s not the easiest job in the world, but I have so much fun doing it that it doesn’t even seem like work.”

What do you hope to learn from working at Spotlight Media?
“I hope to learn a lot about photography. I am just beginning, but I already feel like I have learned so much.”

Brittney Richter | Designer

Brittney Richter

Brittney Richter graduated from NDSU last August with a degree in public relations and advertising. Instead of finding a job in the United States, she hopped on a plane to Brazil and spent six months as a communications intern at Instituto Unidos pela Vida (United for Life Institute). But it wasn’t all work. Brittney loved traveling to the waterfalls in Foz do Iguaçu and hiking through the green Brazilian mountains. Now that she’s back in the States, Brittney was proudly welcomed into the Spotlight Media team as a new designer.

Why did you want to be a part of Spotlight Media?
“I wanted to be able to contribute something to my community through my work.”

What were you most excited about when you found out you were going to be joining the Spotlight Media team?
“A new adventure, meeting new friends and working for a company that I look up to.”

What’s your favorite part about your new position?
“Working as part of a team on our projects and seeing things I’ve created in print.”

What do you hope to learn/get from working at Spotlight Media?
“I want to become a better designer and learn about the ad industry, that’s always my goal. But I also hope I can feel more involved and connected with the Fargo community.”

Lauren Wilson | Editorial Intern

Lauren Wilson grew up in Fosston, Minn., and is currently a senior at Concordia majoring in English with a double focus on journalism and creative nonfiction. When she isn’t working in the office, Lauren is outside, as she loves to camp, hike and especially rock climb. Her new-found interest is traveling, which she discovered while studying abroad last school year in India and Ireland, exploring several other countries in between. Now that she’s back in the United States, she is incredibly excited to be a part of the Spotlight Media team.

Lauren Wilson

Why did you want to be a part of Spotlight Media?
“Since I’m an English writing major with a focus on journalism, I really wanted to experience what it would be like to be a part of an organization that works in print media. I’ve already had experience working with a newspaper, so a magazine publishing company was really appealing to me as a way to broaden my horizons.”

What were you most excited about when you found out you were going to be joining the Spotlight Media team?
“I was really excited to learn about the magazine industry, as well as for the opportunity to work with a media group that I was pretty familiar with because of its strong presence in the Fargo-Moorhead community.”

What’s your favorite part about your new position?
“I love the diversity of the experiences I’m getting. I’m not doing just one thing for one magazine, I get to do different things for the different publications and I think it’s a really valuable learning opportunity while also being interesting and fun.”

What do you hope to learn from working at Spotlight Media? ​
“I hope to learn as much as I can about the magazine business so I can get a better feel for what I want to do after graduating from college. I’m coming up to my senior year, so I need to start making some decisions about my future plans and I want to be able to decide if working with a magazine is something I would be interested in continuing post-graduation.”

Rylee Wznick | Sales Intern

Rylee Wznick is currently a senior at NDSU majoring in public relations and advertising. While in college, she’s the vice president of Circle K International, a volunteer organization that promotes service, leadership, and fellowship. Since she’s joined Spotlight Media, she still makes volunteering a top priority. She regularly volunteers with other Spotlight Media employees when she can. Just recently, Rylee helped serve meals at the Ronald McDonald House with other team members.

Rylee Wznik

Why did you want to be a part of Spotlight Media?
“I wanted to be a part of Spotlight Media because I love the magazines, and this whole business encapsulates the degree that I’m working towards. I thought it would be a great learning experience and so far it has been.”

What were you most excited about when you found out you were going to be joining the Spotlight Media team?
“I was excited to get to know everyone, first and foremost, but I was mostly excited to see what kind of projects I’d be tasked with and learning from the sales team.”

What’s your favorite part about your new position?
“My favorite part about this position is getting the opportunity to tag along on sales calls to meet potential clients. It’s also a perk to have such fun people to work with!”

What do you hope to learn from working at Spotlight Media? ​
“I hope to challenge myself a little and get out of my comfort zone. I’m hoping to learn more about the design and editorial aspect of Spotlight, along with ways to build on our brand and customer relations, as well.”

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