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Archant editor wins coveted aviation journalism award

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Archant Dialogue’s editor of Skydive the Mag, Liz Ashley, has won the coveted Royal Aero Club’s Nexus Sport Aviation Journalist of the Year Award.

The award is given to “the journalist, producer or author of the outstanding media item on sporting and recreational aviation during the preceding year”.

Liz was nominated by the British Parachute Association, whose Chairman Martin Soulsby said that “there was really only one choice for who this year’s worthy winner would be… this is an honour and recognition that Liz so richly deserves.”

Liz, a full-time maths teacher and skydiving instructor at Hibaldstow Airfield in Lincolnshire, became editor of Skydive the Mag in 2010.

Working with Archant Dialogue’s production team at Prospect House in Norwich, her tenure as editor has seen a well-received redesign of the magazine, the launch of a dedicated App and unreserved praise from Skydive the Mag’s readers in a recent survey.

The magazine will also celebrate its fiftieth anniversary in June 2014 and the Skydive the Mag team are already hard at work planning a special bumper edition.

Liz said: “I am absolutely delighted to receive this award, and it means so much to me. Editing Skydive The Mag is a labour of love, and something I do because of the pride I feel on publication of each issue. To know that others also love the magazine, and to receive such prestigious recognition for it, is simply the icing on the cake.”

Archant Dialogue produces Skydive The Mag for the British Parachute Association. It is a dedicated magazine for their members in the skydiving community and goes out to over 5,000 UK skydivers bimonthly and now has a new App version.

Pictured above is Liz Ashley, editor of Skydive the Mag with Martin Soulsby, British Parachute Association Chairman. Picture by Paul Bayfield.

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