"By way of example, there are some promising finalists from this year’s Data Journalism Awards, for which I am a juror. For instance, collections of news articles can prove to be an invaluable source of data about an issue when no official monitoring or statistics exist to document it. Consider“Mediterranean sea, grave of migrants” — an investigation of unprecedented scale into the deaths of migrants seeking refuge in Europe by way of the Mediterranean Sea. One of the main sources of data for this project is a handpicked collection of news articles going back as far as 1988, maintained by one journalist. In the absence of any comprehensive official monitoring or statistics about these tragic events, a group of journalists have taken it upon themselves to build a comprehensive database of these deaths and their circumstances to support and improve policy-making around the issue of the treatment of undocumented migrants in Europe, which gestures toward another essential function that data journalism can play in society".