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Meet Geneva Nodland

Where are you from?

 I am from Dickinson, North Dakota.

Tell us a little bit about you.

 I am a recent graduate from Minnesota State University Moorhead, with a degree in multimedia journalism. I love writing, photography, swimming, and taking care of my plants. 

What is your favorite thing to do in your spare time?

 In my spare time I like to relax and recharge by working on a photography project or doing yoga.

Tell us about your experience.

 While in college, I worked for my school newspaper. I gained a lot of experience there, working my way up from freelance writer to Editor-in-Chief. Throughout this experience, I found that I love learning about new things and meeting new people.

What part of your job do you believe makes the most impact?

 I think the most impactful part of my job is how we share stories. People share parts of themselves and trust us to tell their stories, we should honor that trust and deliver the story the best we can.

Why does our community matter to you?

 A community gives people a sense of belonging and togetherness, and the Fargo-Moorhead community is no exception to that. In order to help create this community, it is important to share the stories of the individuals who make it up.

What are some of your goals at Spotlight?

Some of my goals are to write impactful stories, capture interesting photos, and meet some great people!

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Meet Robert Whiteside

Where are you from?

I grew up in Minnesota and Japan, then somehow made my way to Fargo.

Tell us a little bit about you.

I’m pretty chill, I like getting out hiking, climbing, riding motorcycles, but also love just sitting at home watching a good movie or documentary.

If there was a movie about your life, who would play you and why?

I’m pretty average, I think just about any actor could play a role as me pretty well, except Mark Ruffalo. Can’t stand that guy.

What’s a ridiculous fact about yourself?

Once broke my collar bone checking someone in hockey and continued to play most of the game, until I finally realized I couldn’t move my arm.

Tell us about your experience.

Bought my first camera in high school and only started picking more up.  Freelanced on sets a ton in Fargo and Minneapolis, learning as much as I could from those willing to share their knowledge.

What part of your job do you believe makes the most impact?

I think being able to help tell other people’s stories in a meaningful way is what will make the most impact over time.

What are some of your goals at Spotlight?

I really want to help build all aspects of video production at Spotlight, so we can make some great meaningful, and impactful work.
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Read the March Mags

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In this issue, we partner with the United Way of Cass-Clay to highlight the impact that 21 incredible local women are making in 2021, not only as individuals but also collectively as they partner with our United Way to serve our community.

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Why go out when you can bring the entertainment in? There’s a certain charm to entertaining at home that can be even more appealing than a night out. In your home, there are plenty of opportunities to turn unused space into an entertainment hub.

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We all strive to feel and look our best. How we feel is one of the fundamental principles of health and wellness. Oftentimes, we take our health and well-being for granted, but it is perhaps the most important facet of a happy life. 

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One thing that often goes unnoticed in collegiate athletics is the relationships forged off of the court. Season after season, student-athletes from across the country converge on Fargo looking for athletic and academic success. 

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Welcome Josiah Kopp

Meet Our Newest Photographer: Josiah Kopp

Where are you from?

I grew up in Beulah, ND. I loved to Fargo-Moorhead for college, and have been here ever since!

Tell us a little bit about you.

Im a 23-year old creative and outdoorsman. An addition to photography and design, I love exploring the outdoors with my camera, chasing night skies, colorful sunsets, and storm chasing. My favorite music to listen to while adventuring is Lord Huron. I grew up playing piano and guitar, and now I write and produce music. I REALLY love waffles. 

If there was a movie about your life, who would play you and why?

Although I grew up enjoying old westerns and other adventure shows like National Treasure, I think the character that best represents me is the Grinch: “6:30…. dinner with me… I can’t cancel that again!”

What is your favorite thing to do in your spare time?

Writing and producing music, going on photo adventures, and thinking about what I’ll eat next. 

What’s a ridiculous fact about yourself?

A car ran over my leg when I was a young kid. Aside from some scrapes and bruises, my bones were all left unscathed. My guardian angel must’ve been working overtime.

What part of your position provides the most value?

Being able to connect and contribute to the Fargo-Moorhead culture. Not just the stories, but the photos too. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and I want the photos of Fargo-Moorhead to say all the right things.

Tell us about your experience.

I grew up homeschooled, which I believe allowed me the freedom to explore my creative interests. I designed for my first client at age 13. I first picked up the camera at age 16 as an outlet to cope with the stress of having Crohn’s Disease. I didn’t realize how much that (photography) would grow for me. In just a couple of years, I had accomplished some big things, like winning the North Dakota Governor Photo Contest, and runner-up Best of Decade. I went to Concordia College, and graduated with my BA in Graphic Design and a minor in Business. Despite COVID-19 throwing everyone’s lives upside down, I found Spotlight the fall after graduation, and I’ve been loving it here ever since!

What part of your job do you believe makes the most impact?

Yes, the text of the stories are what make our magazines exceptional. But I believe the photos are what grabs people’s attention first. I love being able to utilize and develop my love for photograph and capturing moments to share with the world. 

Why does our community matter to you?

Most businesses are focused on just themself and the client; a simple A to B relationship. However, Spotlight is so much more than that. We connect with so many different individuals with unique stories, and I love being a part of that.

What are some of your goals at Spotlight?

Contribute to the success of our new “Faces” magazine coming in 2021!
I also want to master my skills of working with studio lighting—light is everything in photography!

Lastly, I want to learn to be both a great team member, and an exceptional leader when opportunities are given.

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Spotlight Receives Top B2B Companies in USA Award by Clutch

Spotlight is proud to announce they were selected as a top B2B company in the United States by one of the world-wide leaders in company evaluations.

“Two years ago we started our new journey into providing specific marketing solutions to local companies.  As a magazine publishing company it was a natural progression to add more services to our existing advertising relationships.  We took out a loan and took a big risk on hiring a great team to provide marketing solutions from web design, digital marketing, videography, design, branding, strategy and more.Mike Dragosavich 2020  To receive an honor like this couldn’t make me more proud of everyone who helped us get this including our clients, team and our community.” Said Mike Dragosavich, Founder at Spotlight.

What’s Clutch and Why are They Different? 

Clutch factors companies’ level of industry expertise and ability to deliver scores into their rankings. The rankings take into account comprehensive reviews collected from former clients through in-depth phone conversations.

Clutch’s selection methodology looks at companies’ offered services, brand reputation, and awards, as well as the recency, number, and quality of verified reviews on the companies’ Clutch profiles, among other criteria.

 Read more about the selection criteria for becoming a Clutch Leader.

About Clutch

A B2B research, ratings, and reviews firm in the heart of Washington, D.C., Clutch connects small and medium businesses with the best-fit agencies, software, or consultants they need to tackle business challenges together and with confidence. Clutch’s methodology compares business service providers and software in a specific market based on verified client reviews, services offered, work quality, and market presences.

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