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.