The Pitch


The Pitch Online  

Walter Johnson High School

6400 Rock Spring Drive

Bethesda, MD 20814


[email protected]

Mrs. Borrelli: [email protected]

Founded in 2009, The Pitch Online is Walter Johnson High School’s digital newspaper. In order to keep up with new media trends, the originally print-only newspaper The Pitch went online while still producing its monthly, award-winning print newspaper. After a year of working with barely any web design help, the editors wanted the appearance of the site to match the high quality of its content. So, The Pitch Online partnered with School Newspapers Online, a Minnesota-based company focused on the web design of specifically online high school newspapers, and launched a completely new website for the 2010-2011 school year. The Pitch Online is now capable of having photo galleries, videos, audio, a sports ticker and other eye-catching graphics.

As we are still adapting to our new site and trying to attract readers, we would appreciate any reader input for The Pitch Online. Co-online Editors-in-Chief Will Cohen, Julia Hananel, and Daria London are always open to your feedback, so please e-mail [email protected] with questions, comments, suggestions, or concerns.

2019-2020 Staff

Online Editors-in-Chief: Will Cohen, Julia Hananel, Daria London

Print Editors-in-Chief: Cara Demitz, Kiley Ring, Thomas Wolfson

Managing Editors: Molly Benson, Zach Meyers, Matt Shea

Online Managing/Multimedia Editor: Charley Becker

News Editors: Judith Altneu, Emma Saltzman, Emily Speranza, Aya Hesham

Feature Editors: Caeden Babcock, Stella Hadamer, Kayla Kahrl, Sadie McMullen

Arts & Entertainment Editors: Beni Bolignot, DeVoncye Freelon, Cyiza Andemambia

Sports Editors: Ben Files, Elana Renbaum, Elijah Kasten

Sports Multimedia Editor: Jack Linde

Opinion Editors: Nyomi Fox, Siddharth Srinivasan, Hannah Markov

Cartoonists: Bradley Woodside, Izzy Zavareei

Copy Editors: Isaac Snow, Austin Mucchetti

Layout Editors: Rafael Friedlander, Marie Elise Latorre

Social Media & Marketing Coordinators: Callie Metzman, Izzy Zavareei

Photography Editors: Charley Becker, Hannah Markov

Business Managers: Caeden Babcock, Allie Rothman

Webmaster: Ryan Leal

Staff Writers: Atruro Alipio, AJ Frattarelli, Alan Gahart, Sloane Morra, Ethan Oyeniyi, Matt Roman, Sammy Peterson, Gabe Riviero, Danis Commett, Rebecca Davids, Chelsea Laurik, Lily Salvatore, Beni Balignot

Social News Gathering Ethics Code

As a reliable and accurate news source, we strive to:

-Present news properly, honestly and fairly.

-Approach every assignment with the fairness of open minds and without prior judgment.

-Verify the authenticity of content before publishing or distributing it.

-Be transparent with the audience about the accuracy of our content.

-Seek informed consent before using information from the individual who created it.

-Give due credit to the owner of the content provided.

-Minimize the number of errors we make and correct those that occur.

-Consider technical measures to ensure anonymity of sources when required.

For corrections, please email [email protected]

Comment Policy

Readers are welcome to comment. We reserve the right to moderate, delete, or edit comment threads as we see fit. Comments are monitored and spam comments will be deleted. Attacks on other commenters or Pitch staff members will not be tolerated. The opinions presented on this website do not represent the opinions of the WJ student body as a whole. 

Byline Policy

Any significant contributions by a Pitch staff member or editor will be credited in a byline or a tagline by the story. If multiple staff members contribute to a piece, their names will be notated by the story.

Correction Policy

Clarifications and corrections should be clear, concise and direct. They must be comprehensible to anyone who reads them, including readers who may have missed the story that is being corrected. Anyone reading the correction should be able to understand how and why the mistake has been corrected.

Awards (Print)

Columbia Scholastic Press Association

Gold Medalist

2009, 2013, 2016, 2017, 2019

Columbia Scholastic Press Association

Silver Medalist

2014, 2015, 2018

Columbia Scholastic

Bronze Medalist


American Scholastic Press Association

First Place


Columbia Scholastic Press Association Marylander Award

Newspaper Division C


Columbia Scholastic Press Association Silver Crown



The official student newspaper of Walter Johnson High School