B-CC High School’s Student Newspaper

Sponsor: Mr. Jon Virden, Room A308


The Tattler has a wonderfully long history dating back to the early 1900’s.  It is the oldest student high school newspaper in Montgomery County.  It has been in continuous publication since 1926, spreading the news to the B-CC High School community. 

The Tattler is student run, under the sponsorship of English teacher, Mr. Jon Virden, who has overseen its publication for the past 23 years.  It is printed about six times a year and has been recognized for various awards during its existence.  

subscription order may be placed and your copy will be mailed to you.  Students may also pick-up copies at school. 


The Tattler has received  numerous awards since its initial publication.  Most recently, in 2002, it was awarded the Columbia Scholastic Press Association (the “CSPC”) Gold Medal.  In 2001 it won the CSPC Silver Medal and it 2000, it won the Bronze.

80th Anniversary Edition

The Tattler has been published for 80 years. To mark this achievement, this year's staff came out with the 80th Anniversary Edition. You may view this by clicking on the links below:

The 80th Anniversary Edition (all sections are pdf files, adobe reader required)
     Section A - Front Section (2.6 mb)
     Section B - School (4.2 mb
     Section C - Student Life and Community (8.6 mb
     Section D - Sports (6.6 mb)


The Tattler is a student run newspaper.  Articles may be submitted by any B-CC student.  The articles are peer edited and given a final review by Mr. Virden. 

There is a variety of articles published in The Tattler, ranging from B-CC news and sports, national and international news, feature articles and human interest stories, editorials, and music and movie reviews.  Students occasionally submit unsolicited articles for publication but most topics are chosen in a brainstorming session with the editorial staff and Mr. Virden.  Once topics for the upcoming issue are chosen, they are assigned to a member of the staff.  Staff writers are assigned to articles based in part on their ability to be impartial.  Letters to the editor must be submitted to Mr. Virden in the English Department in room A308.

Students interested in working on the staff of The Tattler must have taken Journalism I.  Students become a member of The Tattler staff by getting accepted in the Journalism II course.  Journalism II can be taken more than once, so students can continue working on the staff.  Many students who work on The Tattler go onto working on their college newspapers. 

If you have any questions or comments about The Tattler, please contact Mr. Virden in room A308 or at bcctattler@hotmail.com.  You may also give them directly to any member of The Tattler staff or mail them to:

The Tattler
Mr. Jon Virden
B-CC High School
4301 East-West Highway
Bethesda, MD  20814

Order Form

An Order Form  may be printed directly from this link.

Advertising Information

Advertising in The Tattler is a fantastic way to get the word out to students about your business! Almost all students read each issue of The Tattler – that means 1700 students reading your ad! By advertising in The Tattler, your ad will reach not only the students, but also parents, teachers, administrators, alumni, and the B-CC community.

For more information, or to place an ad, please contact Jack Sunderland, Business Manager, at bcctattler@hotmail.com.

You may also contact the English office (240-497-6364) and leave a message for Mr. Virden.

The costs of advertising in The Tattler are as follows:

Business card size ad...........................................$40

1/4 page (5.5” wide x 8.5” tall) ad........................$60

1/2 page (11.5” wide x 8.5” tall) ad.......................$100

full page (11.5” wide x 17” tall) ad.........................$200 

Support The Tattler with an ad today!