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Spotlight Media Is Hosting Business After Hours

Spotlight Media Is Hosting Business After Hours

Spotlight Media is sponsoring the next Business After Hours, the region’s most effective networking opportunity. This fun event connects industry leaders, trade-show vendors and representatives from other organizations in a fun, social atmosphere. This is also a special event as Spotlight Media has a huge announcement.

Come visit our booth tonight from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn! Register online or at the door for only $35. The ticket price includes appetizers and two drink tickets.

Here’s what some of Spotlight Media’s employees have to say about this exciting opportunity:

“The Chamber of Commerce has been crucial to our growth as a company since we’ve been members almost since the conception of our business. As the main sponsor of this Business After Hours, we have a major announcement about an upcoming expansion. Plus, our booth is going to be one that you won’t want to miss.” – Editorial Director Andrew Jason

“Spotlight Media is constantly changing and growing. We are embarking on a new and exciting expansion that will take the Fargo/Moorhead area by storm and I am so excited to be a part of it. Our entire team has been working so hard and we are ready to share it with the entire community on 10/11 at the Business After Hours.” – Vice President of Human Resources Colleen Dreyer

Here’s a preview of what you can expect at Business After Hours:

Make new connections, wear your fun Halloween costume, enter to win prizes from vendors, hear all about our special announcement and more. See you there!

My Favorite Fargo Monthly Interviews

My Favorite Fargo Monthly Interviews

Photos special to Fargo Monthly

Writing has always been a passion of mine, and I especially love writing features and profiles on interesting people. I’ve interviewed so many cool people both in and out of Fargo-Moorhead through freelance writing, previous jobs and here at Spotlight Media.

As part of my duties as Web Editor, I write exclusive stories for our publications’ websites, mainly Fargo Monthly, and recently I paired up with Jade Presents to interview some of the comedy and musical acts before their performances in our area.

Here are three of my favorite interviews I’ve done so far:

Brian Regan

Brian Regan

My husband introduced me to Brian Regan’s comedy a few years ago, and I’m so glad he did. We had front row seats when Regan last visited Fargo two years ago, so we were both so excited to hear he was coming back to the Fargo Theatre. Getting to interview him was so great because he was so kind and funny. I even made him laugh a few times (even if it was out of pity, I don’t care), so basically my life goals have been achieved. Plus, he performed on my birthday, so seeing him for a second time was the perfect way to wrap up my 28th birthday.

Halestorm

Halestorm

I’d heard of Halestorm for years because I have a few friends who are big fans, but I didn’t really listen to their music until they performed at the Civic Center a few years ago. I’m a huge fan of Dorothy, who was the opening act for the show, and Lita Ford finished out the night full of female empowerment and killer rock music that I’ll still remember for years to come. I became obsessed with their music after that show, and I decided I definitely wanted to see them whenever they came to Fargo next. Before they performed at Bluestem with Joan Jett in August, I got to interview Arejay Hale, the drummer and brother of lead singer Lzzy Hale. He was so friendly, humble and positive, and his passion for music and the band made me love them even more than I already did. They’re known as a live band because their performances are so electric and unparalleled, and this show was definitely no exception.

Nathaniel Rateliff

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats

I’ve been a huge NRATNS fan since their first album came out a few years ago. Anyone who knows me knows how obsessed I am with “I Need Never Get Old” and “S.O.B.” (the later of which played during my wedding reception a few weeks ago). I was lucky enough to be part of the pre-sale for tickets, which was super exciting. I got to interview keyboardist Mark Shusterman before their show, and he was so gracious, friendly and just excited about playing music with his friends. Through some problem with my initial ticket order and the kindness of someone sitting near us at the show, my husband and I sat (well, stood and danced) in the second row. Finally seeing them perform live was basically my dream come true, and I’d highly recommend seeing them live, whether you have before or not.

Spotlight Media Had Fun At Unglued: Summer Camp

Spotlight Media Had Fun At Unglued: Summer Camp

Photos by Hillary Ehlen

The fourth annual Unglued: Summer Camp happened Aug. 31 – Sept. 2 at YMCA Camp Cormorant.

Around 150 campers attended the 21+ summer camp that had events such as sunrise yoga, water aerobics, book club, jewelry making, free pinball, drinks thanks to Drekker and Proof Artisan Distillers, an epic dance party and more. For the third year in a row, Molly Yeh, food blogger and host of the Food Network show Girl Meets Farm, cooked up some meals and treats for campers.

Unglued Summer Camp

Design & Living Magazine Editor Becca Opp and staff photographer Hillary Ehlen both attended the camp for the first time this year. Here’s what Opp had to say about this experience:

“Right away, I knew that I was finally about to get the childhood camp experience I never had,” she said. “That is exactly how it was, only better. My favorite parts of camp were definitely the people and the food, in no particular order. Molly Yeh and her crew killed it in the kitchen, and I got to meet so many awesome makers, creatives and creatives-in-the-making.”

Ehlen went to summer camp almost every year as a kid and loved it, so she knew this would be right up her alley.

“I was expecting a super fun, kind of wild weekend filled with awesome food, cocktails and people – and I’d say it was exactly that and then some,” she said. “Upon arriving we were greeted with a shot of champagne and the camp ‘orientation’ featured a dancing unicorn holding roman candles – that definitely set the tone for what the weekend had in store. Ashley Morken and her crew were so enthusiastic and did such a great job of planning the weekend right down to the tiniest little details.”

Unglued Summer Camp

Here’s what she said were her favorite parts of the camp:

“Probably the dance on Saturday night! All of the classes they offered were also awesome, and they also gave us plenty of free time to lay on the beach so the weekend didn’t feel too busy.”

Next year the summer camp will take place Aug. 23-25. For more about this year’s adventure, check out the October issue of Design & Living Magazine!

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

Check Out The Special Alumni Issue Of Bison Illustrated

Check Out The Special Alumni Issue Of Bison Illustrated

For the annual Where Are They Now? issue of Bison Illustrated, we pulled names from all eras of Bison athletics. We focus on former players who still live in Fargo, alumni currently working in the non-profit sector and some of the most familiar faces in recent years of NDSU athletics, too. It’s an all-encompassing look at the vast scope of Bison athletics through the eyes of former players and coaches.

“For this issue, we took a big leap of faith financially and decided to mail this alumni issue out to over 40,000 alumni and fans across the country for free,” publisher Mike Dragosavich said. “When I think about how this magazine can best serve the athletic department, it has to be to help reach fans outside of the Fargo marketplace because the local media outlets only reach so far.”

The issue will also feature 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.

“We were so privileged to tell the stories of former athletes,” Bison Illustrated Editor Nolan Schmidt said. “My main goal as Editor was to not only tell the story of their athletic careers, but what occurred after they competed. NDSU has the tradition and history of athletic success, but it is so much more than that. These former athletes were groomed for success after graduation. That is the true testament to NDSU’s ever-growing, rich tradition.”

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.

This special issue is just about to go to print, so be on the lookout for it in your mailboxes and on stands in the Fargo-Moorhead area in about two weeks!

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?