ALUMNI NEWS: MCJ Grad Covered Olympic Women’s Basketball Exhibition Game

xfxApxNhJillian Bertolucci, a 2015 Fresno State MCJ graduate, covered an exhibition game that the U.S. Olympic Basketball Team held at University of Southern California late last month, just ahead of the Olympic Games in Rio.

Bertolucci earned her degree in in Broadcast Journalism and Public Relations and was the Dean’s Medalist candidate for Mass Communications in Journalism in 2015. She is entering her second year of the Strategic Public Relations Masters program at the University of Southern California, where she is a Dean’s Scholar.
While at Fresno State, Bertolucci was a communications assistant in the athletic department, where she worked as the sports information director of the Bulldog Equestrian team for two years.
“In our MCJ classes at Fresno State, our professors always encouraged us to keep an online portfolio,” Bertolucci said. “The managing editor of Swish Appeal (SB Nation’s Women’s Basketball Online Platform) reached out to me after coming across my portfolio and asked me to join his team. I am now the beat reporter for the Los Angeles Sparks WNBA team.” The U.S. Olympic Women’s Basketball team held an exhibition game at USC to prepare for Rio, and I covered it for Swish Appeal!”
Bertolucci was also a Smittcamp Family Honors College student during her time at Fresno State. Here’s a little bit more about Bertolucci’s work with Swish Appeal.
Photo courtesy of Jillian Bertolucci


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