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Bidding Farewell To The Bison Illustrated Editor

Bidding Farewell To The Bison Illustrated Editor

After more than five years of working with Spotlight Media, Bison Illustrated Editor Joe Kerlin is leaving Fargo to pursue different opportunities. While everyone at Spotlight Media will miss him, we wish him nothing but the best for his future endeavors.

“Joe has created a fantastic reputation during his time with Bison Illustrated,” said Andrew Jason, Spotlight Media’s Editorial Director. “Because of Joe’s tenacious approach to creating great content, the magazine has created some truly compelling storytelling. We will miss him greatly.”

We sat down with Joe for one final Q&A to reflect on his time here at Spotlight Media and Bison Illustrated.

When did you start at Spotlight Media?

I started in January 2013 as an intern. It was actually the day I came in for an interview. I wore a nice shirt and maybe even a tie. [Former General Manager] Brent Tehven sat me down in the office with Andrew hanging out beside him. The only question I remember him asking me was: ‘Do you like the Bison?’ I said, ‘yeah, I’ve been to all the football games over the past two seasons. He hired me on the spot. I talked to [Publisher] Mike [Dragosavich] briefly after that meeting, and they showed me around. They sat me next to the designers and told me to start writing game recaps about the football season for Spotlight’s first-ever Championship Issue.

What’s been your favorite part about working for Spotlight Media and Bison Illustrated?

Where do I start? My favorite part has been interacting with current and former student-athletes. They have been so good to us over at the magazine and have been generous with their time. They all preach the same thing about Bison Pride and how important the culture is to success. I could see how for readers or other people in media that message could get dragged out and boring, but student-athletes talk about culture and Bison Pride because it’s so instrumental in their success. Now that I’ve been here for more than five years, it’s been fun to see student-athletes grow into bigger roles for their programs and then move on to the real world and begin their life as adults in the working world.

Spotlight Media Team at Sidestreet

Spotlight Media team celebrated Joe’s hard work and wished him the best luck with his future adventure

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

Proud is an interesting way to put it… Being here the same time as five football national championships, two “ESPN College GameDays,” Carson Wentz and the whole NFL Draft experience has been downright dumb luck. I feel way more fortunate than proud to have covered those events. Although, I am super grateful for Spotlight giving me the opportunity to cover these once-in-a-lifetime events.

I think I’m most proud of covering stories like Don Morton retiring from Microsoft. The “Where Are They Now?” stories always meant a little bit more to me because our subjects were an important part of the history at NDSU but have have gone unnoticed while they were student-athletes. So it was my responsibility to give them some recognition for all they had done for the university. Mike Favor, Snuffy Byers and Isreal Moses, that story, I can’t thank them enough for their time with that. The work they’re doing now in Minneapolis is incredible for the kids in the area. That was probably the most meaningful story I ever wrote.

What’s one thing you wish people knew about Spotlight Media and/or Bison Illustrated?

How much every person in this company cares about the work they’re doing. In the creative industry, you can get work done without caring as much about the topic, but it usually results in doing the bare minimum and the quality isn’t quite where it should/could be. But when you care about what you’re presenting to the community, you always go the extra mile to make sure the story is not only accurate, but impactful. People around here care about what they’re doing. I don’t know if it’s like that in every job.

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

The Fargo-Moorhead community. Bison Nation. My colleagues. The people, the people, the people. It was a dream of mine to cover sports. I accomplished it, but that’s not what got me out of bed in the morning. What got me out of bed was the opportunity to seek, build and maintain relationships with the individuals I worked closely with. I had a responsibility, to them, to make Bison Illustrated the best it could possibly be, and I hope we accomplished that.

Bison Illustrated Offers Buy One, Give One Subscriptions

Bison Illustrated Offers Buy One, Give One Subscriptions

Photos by Hillary Ehlen

The entire mission of Bison Illustrated is to promote NDSU Athletics. Through their unique storytelling, photography and design, the magazine is able to promote the university to people across the United States. This month, Bison Illustrated is asking for your help to grow NDSU’s reach.

Signed Carson Wentz magazine

Its goal is to mail the magazine to all 50 states in 2018. Until Dec. 31, Bison Illustrated is offering a special buy one, give one deal. This means if you buy a subscription to Bison Illustrated, you can give a subscription to anyone anywhere in the country.

It’s the perfect gift for any Bison diehard—no matter where they live. Subscribers and their gift recipients will receive a new copy of Bison Illustrated every month. It’s truly a gift that keeps on giving.

Carson Wentz signed Bison Illustrated
Subscribe before Dec. 31 and be entered to win this Carson Wentz signed issue of Bison Illustrated.

Plus, anyone who subscribes before Dec. 31 will be entered for a chance to win a signed Carson Wentz copy of Bison Illustrated. Order before Monday, Dec. 18, and you will be mailed the December magazine in time for Christmas. Go to BisonIllustrated.com/Subscribe to learn more.

Check out Bison Illustrated Editor Joe Kerlin talking about the subscription deal on KVRR.

VIDEO: Bison Illustrated Editor Talks With KVRR About Former Bison Football Coach Rocky Hager

VIDEO: Bison Illustrated Editor Talks With KVRR About Former Bison Football Coach Rocky Hager

Bison Illustrated Editor Joe Kerlin joined KVRR Local News to discuss Spotlight Media’s June magazines. In particular, he expanded on Bison Illustrated’s issue, “Where Are They Now?” which highlights former Bison football coach Rocky Hager’s memorable decade as head coach and his life after leaving NDSU. Watch the full video at KVRR.com.

Rocky Hager Bison Illustrated

Bison Illustrated

ROCKY HAGER: WHY ONE BISON GREAT CAN’T QUIT COACHING FOOTBALL

Our third annual “Where Are They Now?” issue of Bison Illustrated updates Bison Nation on one of the most important faces of NDSU Athletics from the late-1980s through the mid-1990s. Rocky Hager spent a memorable decade as head coach for the Bison football team. We talk to the North Dakota native at his new home – The College of New Jersey. Many more former Bison athletes are featured throughout the magazine. Kick up old memories with Bison of the past in this issue of Bison Illustrated.

GET YOUR TICKETS TODAY FOR FARGO MONTHLY’S BURGERS, BBQ AND BEER FESTIVAL!

The fourth annual Burgers, BBQ and Beer Festival is just around the corner, coming at you on Thursday, June 15 from 5 to 10 p.m. at the Moorhead Center Mall parking ramp. The Fargo Monthly crew has been working tirelessly to prepare for this event and we promise that this year’s event will be bigger and better than ever.

“At Fargo Monthly, we believe pushing the boundaries and trying new and creative things,” said Andrew Jason, Spotlight Media’s editorial director and the event’s organizer. “That’s why we’re beyond excited to be moving the Burgers, BBQ and Beer Festival to the Moorhead Center Mall parking ramp. With the help of Livewire and our great vendors, we are turning this into one of the coolest venues around.”

Tickets are available at BurgerFestFargo.comWith a general admission ticket, you get full access to all the event’s activities: burgers, BBQ and beer samples and admission to Post-Traumatic Funk Syndrom’s concert.

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

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.

‘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.

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.

Two Spotlight Media Editors Discuss Millennials On KVRR News

Two Spotlight Media Editors Discuss Millennials On KVRR News

It’s always fun to see Spotlight Media staff on TV!

KVRR Local News talked with Fargo Monthly Editor Erica Rapp and Bison Illustrated Editor Joe Kerlin about being millennials in the Peace Garden State.

Watch the video at kvrr.com.

Did you know that North Dakota was recently ranked the top spot for millennials in the country? According to MoneyRates.com, the state unemployment rate for ages 20 to 24 is just 5.3 percent, compared to the 8.1 percent in other states. Hear what our editors had to say at kvrr.com!

Bison Illustrated Editor Joe Kerlin Talks With KVRR About NDSU Track And Field

Bison Illustrated Editor Joe Kerlin Talks With KVRR About NDSU Track And Field

Spotlight Media’s Bison Illustrated Editor Joe Kerlin made an appearance on KVRR Local News this morning to talk about the March issue of Bison Illustrated titled “The NDSU Track & Field Legacy,” which highlights NDSU’s Bison track and field teams. Watch the full video at KVRR.com.

Bison Illustrated March 2017

Bison Illustrated

THE NDSU TRACK & FIELD LEGACY

Morgan Milbrath was fortunate and fast enough her freshman year to land a spot on the best relay team in NDSU history. Now, as a senior, she’s hoping to carry a youthful track team to similar glory.

Kerlin also mentioned the latest issues of Spotlight Media’s other publications: Fargo INC!, Fargo Monthly and Design & Living Magazine. Read about the latest issues of each magazine at spotlightmediafargo.com/march-2017-magazines.

Watch: Bison Illustrated On North Dakota Today

Watch: Bison Illustrated On North Dakota Today

Bison Illustrated Editor Joe Kerlin and Spotlight Media Editorial Director Andrew Jason made an appearance on North Dakota Today this morning to discuss the newest edition of Bison Illustrated that celebrates the four-peat championship of the Bison Nation. The issue features 212 pages of original content as well as a 3 page fold out cover.

Kerlin discussed Frisco, Bison Nation and how much fun it was to make this special issue of Bison Illustrated.

Watch the whole interview below.

The magazine hits the stands next week and are available for free. They are distributed to 500 different locations. Any Bison fan would love to read this special issue, so make sure to check it out!