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SSHS alumna creates news web-show
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Courtesy Samantha Koukoulas
Mike Smith, Samantha Koukoulas and Zahra Talieh work as anchors on Arizona State University’s news web-video, “The Outlier.”

“As long as the content is put in an engaging format I believe it will hold the interest of the viewers,” Koukoulas said. “My co-host, Mike [Smith] and myself love the Today Show as well as a variety of night shows. So I thought, why not combine both, incorporate the features and profiles while still delivering a sense of hard news in between the interesting content.”

The show features current news at a serious and entertainment level, while incorporating interviews and profiles, Koukoulas said. The show is filmed every Thursday night at 6 p.m., and is on Youtube by Sunday at the latest. Koukoulas said that it might switch to filming every other week because the crew is less than 10 people. The show was started on Feb. 1 and to date there have been three episodes aired on Youtube.

The show allows for the cast and crew to get creative with the presentation of the news, Koukoulas said.

“My favorite part about the show is showcasing the talent of my peers,” she said. “It is a place for students to come together and get creative. There is a very straight journalistic line we have to follow for our classes and at The Outlier, students can get creative with stories or artistic approach.”


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