Ball State, Springfield, UCLA student-journalists win college men’s volleyball media award

Three college student-journalists are receiving national honors for their coverage of college men’s volleyball this season.

Off the Block announced Monday that Daily Bruin reporter Kelsey Angus, The Springfield Student reporter and photographer Sam Leventhal and The Ball State Daily News reporter Hendrix Magley were sleeted as the 2017 recipients of the Off the Block College Men’s Volleyball Regional Reporters of the Year.

The Off the Block College Men’s Volleyball Regional Reporters of the Year is an annual award recognizing the best journalists in college student-media who covered college men’s volleyball. This award before this season was called the EIVA, MIVA and MPSF reporters of the year but was renamed to include all student-journalists covering college men’s volleyball teams.

Winners were determined on their reporting and storytelling abilities throughout the college men’s volleyball regular season and their live coverage of matches on various media platforms. Off the Block conducted a season-long nationwide analysis of men’s volleyball coverage in college student-media.

The Off the Block College Men’s Volleyball Regional Reporters of the Year are selected at the end of each regular season. Among the other men’s volleyball media award presented by Off the Block includes the Best Men’s Volleyball Online Coverage of the Year that is awarded to a college newspaper and the Top Men’s Volleyball Stories of the Week.

Off the Block is a national award winning website that launched in 2011 and is the nation’s leaders in college men’s volleyball coverage.

2017 OFF THE BLOCK COLLEGE MEN’S VOLLEYBALL REGIONAL REPORTERS OF THE YEAR
East Coast Region Reporter of the Year:
Sam Leventhal, The Springfield Student
Midwest Region Reporter of the Year: Hendrix Magley, The Ball State Daily News
West Coast Region Reporter of the Year: Kelsey Angus, Daily Bruin

East Coast Region Reporter of the Year
Sam Leventhal | The Springfield Student | Springfield College

Leventhal as a photographer and Springfield men’s volleyball beat reporter for The Springfield Student produced multiple photo galleries and almost 20 stories about the NCAA Division III powerhouse. He also had two stories make an Off the Block Top College Men’s Volleyball Stories of the Week list, including an in-depth feature about Springfield coach Charlie Sullivan developing a California recruiting pipeline. Leventhal is the first reporter from a NCAA Division III school to win a media award from Off the Block.

Midwest Region Reporter of the Year
Hendrix Magley | The Ball State Daily News | Ball State University

Magley produced more than 50 articles about the Ball State men’s volleyball team this season and had six stories make an Off the Block Top College Men’s Volleyball Stories of the Week list. Among his top stories of the season was a news-feature story examining how Ball State developed a passionate fan following and large home crowds. In addition, Magley used social media to provide live updates and in-match video highlights of every Ball State home match and marquee road matches.

West Coast Region Reporter of the Year
Kelsey Angus | Daily Bruin | UCLA

Angus as one of three UCLA men’s volleyball beat reporters for the Daily Bruin wrote about 20 articles this season and had four of her stories earn a spot on an Off the Block Top College Men’s Volleyball Stories of the Week list. One of Angus’ top articles this season was a personality profile about UCLA freshman middle attacker Daenan Gyimah also being a successful musician. Angus also helped the Daily Bruin win the Best Men’s Volleyball Online Coverage of the Year award for the third straight season.