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Check Out Our September Issues Today!

Check Out Our September Issues Today!

Our September 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 September 2018

Fargo Monthly

There are many ways to tell a story, but clothing can often speak a world of stories and experiences without uttering a word. A ring can capture the memory of a loved one, a torn pair of jeans can memorialize a thrilling misadventure or a t-shirt can make a fun-filled vacation. We entered the closets of some of Fargo’s most stylish and let them give their clothes a platform to share their own unique stories.

Design & Living Magazine September 2018

Design & Living Magazine

We’ll introduce you to FM area homeowners who have used dark, moody hues and pops of color to bring drama to their bright, white spaces. Then, join us as we take exclusive tours of their jaw-droppingly beautiful homes.

Fargo INC! Magazine September 2018

Our community is changing before our eyes and a large part of that is thanks to new leadership. From new superintendents to the new president of the Economic Development Corporation, we meet with the fresh faces of leadership in our community who will be charting FM’s future.

Bison Illustrated Magazine September 2018

Bison Illustrated

It’s football season, Bison Nation. 2018 will see the North Dakota State Bison go for their seventh FCS National Championship in eight years. While past teams have had plenty of attention and expectations attached to them, this year seems different. This year’s team is shaping up to be one of the most dominant in the program’s history. Is the hype surrounding this team for real? Is it warranted? It’s safe to say you should believe the hype because this Bison team is ready to dominate the standard.

Welcome Spotlight Media’s New Sales Assistant

Welcome Spotlight Media’s New Sales Assistant

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

Emily Freeman | Sales Assistant

Emily Freeman

I grew up in Bismarck – The lonely, uneventful two and a half hour drive away. However, my 20 some years there weren’t as uneventful.

I surrounded myself with friends and family, and within that bubble, found myself growing and evolving as each year passed. This led me to leaving Bismarck State College my first year, and finishing out my last three at Minnesota State University Moorhead. Being a double major in English and Mass Communications, I found taking the leap and moving made me read more when I didn’t have that “Bismarck” circle to rely on (English side of things) but also involving myself in the community and forming a new one (Communications side of things).

Other than that, I’m a devoted cat mom, stellar Scrabble player and even sing/play guitar in my free time.

What drew you to Spotlight Media?
Being in the major I was, I already knew about the company and a few articles they had written prior to me even beginning my job hunt. As cheesy as it sounds, I found myself reading these articles, magazine in hand, thinking about how cool it would be to see my name in there one day.

The culture, the drive and the joy to live in the city I moved to and embrace it sparked my interest early on and held it throughout my graduation. Then, luckily for me, landed the job.

What kinds of hobbies and interests do you have outside of work?
Mentioned earlier, I am a mother of two furry friends – My ragdoll cats, Louis and Finnegan. They have brought out my “crazy cat lady” side, although I’m in love with any breed of animal. Considering this, I would love to grow my little family by adding more to the mix; whether that’s a dog, bunny or pig. Call me crazy, but Brandon, if you’re reading this – Take your pick.

What’s your favorite book and/or movie?
I feel like the answer to this changes after every Netflix binge or stack of books within a 5-hour plane ride, but my solid answer that will never change this point forward is the book I received from my mom for my college graduation.

Although quite simple, I’d Know You Anywhere, My Love by Nancy Tillman is one that will always pull at my heartstrings – It’s something that made me cry in my twenties and will continue to do so in every other decade.

Share something about yourself that would surprise us.
My love for music led me to auditioning for American Idol this past year. After singing two songs for the judge, my fate was chosen and it was not my time to receive a golden ticket. However, the opportunity is one I will never forget, and knowing I had the strength to follow through the nerves was rewarding for me.

It would have been nice to meet Ryan Seacrest, though.

What’s the most useless talent you have?
Useless, impressive or straight disgusting, I can pick up anything with my toes.

Just drop a pen on the floor the next time you’re with me… I’ll show you.

Come Join The Spotlight Media Team!

Come Join The Spotlight Media Team!

Spotlight Media is currently hiring for several positions, and we’d love to have you join our team! Click on each title to learn more about the positions.

Videographer

The ideal candidate must have a good sense of telling interesting stories, be able to work under firm deadlines and knows how to successfully take an idea from concept to reality. We are looking for somebody to create and edit videos and video content for marketing campaigns, social media, websites, television ads and more. This position will work with Spotlight Media’s customers and Spotlight Media’s brands on creating video content that will drive retention and impact.

Associate Sales Director

We have an opportunity for an Associate Sales Director at Spotlight Media. We are in the first phase of expanding Spotlight Media’s capacity to serve clients, not only advertising, but a full suite of marketing and web services. The individual we seek is a highly skilled hunter who will focus on developing new revenue and new customers by identifying the prospect’s advanced marketing needs. This role will be provided with a full-time direct assistant.

Senior Sales Executive

This energetic and self-driven individual will work with business owners and marketing directors in the Fargo-Moorhead area. The ideal candidate has at least five years of proven business-to-business sales experience, with a preference in media sales. Candidate must be motivated, organized, goal-oriented and possess an outgoing personality and professional demeanor. A Spotlight Media Senior Sales Executive must be able to prospect, make cold calls and develop new business while managing existing account relationships. Basic computer skills are required. Detail-oriented and excellent verbal and written communication skills are also required. You must be able to thrive in an informal, collaborative and deadline-driven environment.

Backend Web Developer & IT Administrator

Spotlight Media is expanding and looking for an intelligent, creative and energetic team player with professional experience in website development and internet technologies. The work is challenging, fast-paced and always changing. The ideal candidate has strong analytical skills, unwavering commitment to quality, collaborative work ethic and has the ability to use standardized coding is required. This is an advanced level, back-end focused Web Developer position at Spotlight Media.

Sales & Marketing Coordinator

Spotlight Media is expanding and looking to find a Sales & Marketing Coordinator.  This role will serve as the leader in enabling our sales department to become more successful every day.  It also will include marketing Spotlight Media’s products and services to potential clients.

Business Development Assistant

Spotlight Media is looking to fill the role of Business Development Assistant. Are you someone who strives in relationship building and organization? Are you looking to be involved with a growing company and want the ability to contribute to the company’s success? Do you thrive under the pressure and stress of a deadline? If so, you’d be a perfect fit for this position.

Social Media & PR Coordinator

The ideal candidate will combine a passion for social media with excellent writing and communications skills. In addition to overseeing the daily management and measurement of social media channels, the candidate will assist in content development that will improve social and earned media engagement, including graphics, stories, news releases and case studies. The ideal candidate will have a passion for social media combined with the ability to capture ideas and translate them into compelling content.

Special Bison Illustrated Alumni Issue Is Out Now

Special Bison Illustrated Alumni Issue Is Out Now

The annual Where Are They Now? issue of Bison Illustrated is out now! It features an all-encompassing look at the scope of Bison athletics through the eyes of former players and coaches from different decades. Whether you live in the Fargo area or want to move back, check out what different Bison athletes have to say about what the area has to offer.

This issue was mailed out to more than 40,000 alumni and fans across the country, and it’s also available in select locations in the Fargo-Moorhead area. Keep an eye out for it today! It also features a special 16-page insert with information about North Dakota State’s Foundation and Alumni Association and people who have made NDSU what it is today.

Spotlight Media has started donating a portion of the proceeds from Bison Illustrated subscriptions to charitable programs. Right now, $5 of every $29.99 subscription will go towards the AO1 Foundation, founded by Carson Wentz.

Check out some of the great content from the issue here:

Bison Illustrated special alumni issue

Bison Illustrated special alumni issue

Bison Illustrated special alumni issue

Bison Illustrated special alumni issue

Bison Illustrated special alumni issue

Bison Illustrated special alumni issue

Bison Illustrated special alumni issue

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.