A Closer Look at Advanced Placement
and College Credit Classes
by Eric Jones, Megan Duncan,
and Anna McFarland
One of the purposes of journalism is to inform the public about a topic that may not be fully understood. That was our reasoning when we decided to cover a story examining and comparing Advanced Placement (AP) and College Credit (CC) classes offered at Washington High School.
We didn’t want to present one in a better light than the other, but instead show the pros and cons of both. While AP may be best for one student, CC may be better for another. Our aim was to educate students who are simply confused on how to choose between the two.
To achieve this goal, we started to come up with what questions we should ask. Some questions were more directed toward teachers and counselors, and some were directed at students.
Our first interviewee was Sydney Bunge. She has been enrolled in both AP and CC classes, so she has first-hand experience about how the classes compare. Sydney shared what the classes meant to her, as well as how she believes they will help her future.
Our next interviewee was Kinsey Bakameyer. She was able to provide information about the cost differences and went in-depth about how the classes will help her in the future.
Along with the student interviews, we were able to speak to Guidance Counselor Katie Sandoval, and English teacher Ryan Leatherman. They shared with us how the credit will transfer to universities, how those courses prepare students for a collegiate experience, and what the workload entails.
After getting our four interviews and filming B-roll of numerous classrooms and students, we were ready to edit the segment. Overall, our editing process went smoothly and we were able to produce an interesting story while also keeping its informational purpose.
We hope that this helps students and parents who are confused about the differences and similarities of AP and CC courses. It can be difficult to select courses to take, but hopefully this story made it a little bit easier to do.