The art of graphic journalism: lessons from the Washington Post’s ‘Searching for Maura’ project

Part of the Reuters Institute global journalism seminar series

Wednesday 11 October 2023   13:00 to 14:00


KC Shaper, Projects editor, Washington Post


Virtual Event

Kc Schapper sat on a chair wearing a black topAbout

KC Schaper is a projects editor who leads innovative cross-platform storytelling and strategy at the Washington Post. She was the editor of the project Searching for Maura, a moving illustrated story that traces the missing remains of a woman from the Philippines taken to the US for the World’s Fair in 1904. The project was reported by  and  and illustrated by Filipino artist Ren GalenoAndrew Ba TranNate Jones and our alumna Regine Cabato contributed to the reporting of the piece.

Searching for Maura was published as an immersive comic and an animated video. It was also translated into Tagalog, and can be purchased in book form in both languages. Our guest KC Schaper will speak about the project and explain how it was reported and produced.

Before joining the Washington Post, Shaper worked as a team leader for Gannett at the USA Today Network Design Center, where she managed two design teams and oversaw multimedia presentations across 14 large-market daily publications. Before entering the news industry she worked as a public relations consultant, press writer, and campaigns manager for nonprofits in Southern California. She’s been won several awards from the Society for News Design in the last few years.

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Part of the Reuters Institute for Journalism’s Global Journalism Seminars series.