Paul Bittick is Educator of the Year

The California Journalism & Media Affiliates presented the 2017 Journalism Educator of the Year Award — 4-Year Division, to Paul Bittick, general manager for Mustang News at Cal Poly/San Luis Obispo.

The award recognizes leadership and support that goes beyond the journalism program and has impact across campus, community and local or regional associations.

Honoree Paul Bittick with presenter Barbara Kingsley-Wilson Barbara Kingsley-Wilson, Daily 49er, CSU Long Beach, the 2016 honoree, presented the plaque on March 4 at the California College Media Association Awards Banquet in San Francisco.

Bittick has run the business operations of Cal Poly’s student media since 2002. He has been proactive in developing new revenue streams such as special sections, events and video services. Bittick recently worked with faculty and students to create the first student-run “native advertising” agency within Mustang News.

Bittick has been a longtime participant, officer and supporter of the national College Media Business and Advertising Managers and received its JoAnn Daughtee Distinguished Service Award. He is considered a leader on a national stage because of his knowledge, expertise and constant dedication to keeping up to date in a rapidly changing media environment.

Bittick was publisher of the Madera Tribune from 1998 to 2001, and was its managing editor and sports editor before that. He also worked in newspapers in Burbank and Glendale. Bittick is an alumnus of the University of Maryland-College Park.

The California Journalism & Media Affiliates comprise leaders of California campus media associations. Previous educators of the year nominate current contenders for awards at the university, community college and high school level. The awards are funded by the California Press Foundation. (Photo by Joe Wirt/CNPA Services Inc.)

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