FROM THE NEWSROOM: How are graphics made?

Monday, November 11, 2013 | 5:58 p.m. CST; updated 2:31 p.m. CDT, Monday, September 8, 2014

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The Columbia Missourian has a special department devoted to information graphics. Here's a look at the process graphics go through from story idea to publication. Watch the video here, or scroll down to read a text explanation.

Graphic artists create charts, maps, graphs and illustrations — often to accompany stories and sometimes as stand-alone stories. Missourian editors discuss which stories would benefit from art and graphics.

From there, a graphic editor meets with the team of graphic artists. Using data from government websites, scientists, story sources and reporters, the graphic artists use Adobe Illustrator to create the accompanying story graphics. Then, graphic artists show a first draft to the graphics editor and the story reporter. 

Edits are made, and then the graphic is sent to the copy desk. Copy editors check the graphic for spelling, grammar and accuracy. Then, different versions of the graphic are sent for publication on the Missourian's website and in the print edition.

Have a suggestion or an idea for a story, graphic, photo or video? Contact us at, @CoMissourian on Twitter, by email at or by phone at 882-5720.

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