Wikipedia:In the news/Recurring items

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This page is a supplement to the existing criteria for the In the news (ITN) section on the Main Page. There is frequent discussion about the recurring events on ITN – this guideline is an attempt to standardize which get included.

Scheduled sporting events and other recurring items are different from other ITN candidates because editors can foresee them and prepare for their inclusion. There is no reason not to have a pre-existing list of approved events. Such a list also assists editors in ensuring a reasonably balanced coverage (of for example, different sports) over time.

Items which are listed on this page are considered to have already satisfied the 'importance' criterion for inclusion on ITN, every time they occur. However, the relevant article(s) will still have to be updated appropriately and proposed on the candidates page before being posted. Listing here is not an automatic guarantee that an item will be posted.

This page does not pre-empt other ITN criteria regarding inclusion. Unusual and particularly important events not listed here may also be included.


Unless otherwise noted, the winner of the prize is normally the target article.

Nobel Prizes

Expected stories per year: 6 (over a period of 6 successive weekdays)

Human rights

Expected stories per year: 1


Expected stories per year: 1 or 2


Expected stories per year: 1



Expected stories per year: 1


Expected stories per year: 7


Expected stories per year: 3 in even years, 4 in odd years (not including Nobel Prize in Literature, listed above)


Expected stories per year: 2


Expected stories per year: 1


Expected stories per year: 2



Expected stories per year: about 0.5[note 4]

Elections and heads of state

  • The results of the elections for head of state:
    • In those countries which qualify under the criteria above, and where the head of state is an elected position
    • Indirect elections, including papal elections, are also included
  • The succession of a head of state:
    • In those countries which qualify under the criteria above, and where head of state is not an elected position.

Changes to the head of government are discussed on their own merits. If election is held in two rounds, only the second round results (i.e., when the official is actually elected) are usually posted.

Exhibitions, fairs and summits

For each of these events, the ITN blurb should link to the specific article for that year's meeting.

Economic and political summits

Summits are posted upon conclusion [15]

World's fairs

Celestial events

Expected stories per year: 0 or 1 eclipses[note 9]; meteors and comets are impossible to predict, but historically 0-2 per decade

Space exploration

  • The launch of manned orbital spaceflights
  • The first and last launches of any type of rocket
  • Launch failures where sufficient details are available to update the article
  • A country conducting its first successful indigenous orbital launch
  • The launch of space stations or major components thereof
  • Arrival of probes (to lunar orbit and beyond) at their destinations


Every entry applies to the conclusion of the men's and women's events (when simultaneous) in the tournament or series, unless otherwise specified. Generally, the specific event article for that year/time period is the target article in the blurb (for example, 2016 Tour de France rather than the broader Tour de France); winning individuals or teams may be targets but their articles must meet the same ITN quality requirements as the event.

  • The Olympics, as the world's leading multi-day multi-sport event, is accepted as an appropriate "ongoing" entry.[17]
  • The Commonwealth Games was posted as an "ongoing" entry in 2014.[18]
  • Nominations for various multi-day single sport events for the "ongoing" section of ITN have failed, with seemingly only one exception.[19]
  • That exception is the Football World Cup, which was added to "ongoing" in 2014.[20].


Expected stories per year: 0.5 (one every odd year)


Expected stories per year: 0.5 (one every odd year)


Expected stories per year: 0.5 (one every odd year)


Expected stories per year: 2.25 (two yearly, plus one every four years)


Expected stories per year: 4 in Olympic and odd-numbered years, 3 otherwise


Expected stories per year: 2 in even years, 1 in odd years


Expected stories per year: 1-3

Cue sports

Expected stories per year: 1


Expected stories per year: 2

Football (American)

Expected stories per year: 1

Football (association)

Expected stories per year: about 7, except for the year after the Olympics with 5

Football (Australian)

Expected stories per year: 1

Football (Canadian)

Expected stories per year: 1

Football (Gaelic)

Expected stories per year: 1


Expected stories per year: 4.5 (4 majors + 0.5 Ryder)


Expected stories per year: 0.5 (one every odd year)

Horse racing

Expected stories per year: 4+

Ice hockey

Expected stories per year: 2


Selected World Marathon Majors:

Expected stories per year: 3


Expected stories per year: 7


Expected stories per year: 0.25 (one every four years)


Expected stories per year: 1

Rugby league

Expected stories per year: ~2

Rugby union

Expected stories per year: 4.25 (four yearly, plus one every four years)


Expected stories per year: 1


Expected stories per year: 0.5, promotions occur approximately once every two years (see dates on List of yokozuna)


The Grand Slams:[1]

Expected stories per year: 4



Expected stories per year: ~0.3 (every 3 or 4 years, next in 2021)

Multi-sport events

Opening and closing ceremonies of the:[1]

Opening of the:

Expected stories per year: 1.75 (3 in Summer Olympic years, 4 in Winter Olympic years, none in odd-numbered years)

Expected stories per year: 0.5 (one every odd-numbered year)


  1. ^ Announced in 2000, only one of the seven prizes available has been awarded as of 2018
  2. ^ Taken as the publication of the discovery in a peer-reviewed scientific journal
  3. ^ In the event that the two organizations do not name them simultaneously, the official naming should only be posted once.
  4. ^ In the past two decades nine new elements have been reported, and about five officially named.[needs update]
  5. ^ In previous years, the item has been added to ITN when the new members take their seats (1 January) rather than when the results were announced (during October). This is because the elections are not usually heavily competitive, and 1 January is in the middle of a very slow news period every year.
  6. ^ Only those officially recognized by the Bureau International des Expositions and ExpoMuseum
  7. ^ These are "both extremely rare (once in decades) and extremely hard to predict"
  8. ^ There is no objective measure of exactly what constitutes a Great Comet, but ITN consensus is for 'clearly visible by naked eye even to those who weren't specifically looking for it'. See two sets of discussion at Wikipedia:In the news/Candidates/June 2010. Note Comet Holmes was considered significant enough for ITN when it brightened to mag +2.8, despite never receiving the 'Great' appellation.
  9. ^ See List of solar eclipses in the 21st century for exact dates
  10. ^ a b c d e Both the men's and women's results posted together.
  11. ^ Usually including the World Series Most Valuable Player Award
  12. ^ Usually including the NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award
  13. ^ Usually including the Super Bowl Most Valuable Player Award
  14. ^ Usually including the winner of the Conn Smythe Trophy


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p "Low controversy ITN/R items". WT:ITNR. 27 May 2013.
  2. ^ 2009, 2011 and 2012 ITN/C discussion
  3. ^ 2010, 2011 and 2012 Abel Prize ITN/C discussion
  4. ^ "ITNR proposal for Turing Award". Retrieved 5 April 2016.
  5. ^ ITN/C discussion
  6. ^ a b Filmfare and Hugo Awards discussion
  7. ^ "No consensus to remove Filmfare Awards". WP:ITN/R. 26 March 2014.
  8. ^ "Consensus to add Dadasaheb Phalke Award". WP:ITN/R. 29 May 2014.
  9. ^ "Recurring items". Retrieved 1 February 2016.
  10. ^ "No consensus to remove Emmys from ITN/R". WT:ITN/R. 26 March 2014.
  11. ^ "Consensus is that this belongs on ITN/R". WT:ITN/R. 2 October 2017.
  12. ^ "Discussion to retain Laurence Olivier Awards at ITNR". Retrieved 28 December 2015.
  13. ^ "ITNR vote for UN Secretary-General". Wikipedia. Retrieved 12 December 2016.
  14. ^ "Proposed removal: The results of general elections in all states on the List of sovereign states". 30 March 2017. Retrieved 30 March 2017.
  15. ^ [1]
  16. ^ a b c March 2011 discussion
  17. ^ Before there was an "ongoing" section, the Olympics was posted as a "sticky" item at the bottom of the ITN box: see Wikipedia:Main_Page_history/2012 July 28, for example. For the 2016 Olympics, see see the ITNC discussion and the result at Wikipedia:Main Page history/2016 August 6 – a blurb for the opening ceremony and an "ongoing" entry to Chronological summary of the 2016 Summer Olympics.
  18. ^ Commonwealth Games 2014 "ongoing" discussion.
  19. ^ See the following nominations (all unsuccessful): French Open 2015,Tour de France 2015, Rugby World Cup 2015, World Chess Championship 2016, Euro 2016 (football), Tour de France 2017 - there may be more.
  20. ^ diff and discussion
  21. ^ a b "Inclusion proposal: World Aquatics Championships and IAAF World Championships in Athletics". WT:ITNR. 8 September 2013.
  22. ^ Wikipedia talk:In the news/Recurring items/Archive 2#Badminton
  23. ^ Wikipedia talk:In the news/Recurring items/Archive 12#Removal proposal: Uber Cup and Thomas Cup
  24. ^ First posted in 2009 after consensus was reached.
  25. ^ Wikipedia talk:In the news/Recurring items/Archive 1#Baseball
  26. ^ [2]
  27. ^ a b "Consensus for basketball items at ITN/R". 11 June 2013. Retrieved 11 June 2013.
  28. ^ "NCAA basketball championship ITNR discussion 2016". 20 April 2016. Retrieved 20 April 2016.
  29. ^ Wikipedia talk:In the_news/Recurring items/Archive 1#Added Chess and ...
  30. ^ Wikipedia talk:In the news/Recurring items/Archive 2#Chess Olympiad
  31. ^ Women's Cricket World Cup discussion
  32. ^ March 2011 IPL discussion
  33. ^ "[Closed] Remove: Super Bowl". WT:ITNR. Retrieved 6 February 2017.
  34. ^ a b c "More "low controversy" sports items". WT:ITNR. 8 June 2013.
  35. ^ a b Discussion at WT:ITNR
  36. ^ "Consensus to keep AFL Grand Final at ITNR". Retrieved 28 December 2015.
  37. ^
  38. ^
  39. ^ March 2011 handball discussion
  40. ^ a b c 2010 ITNC discussion, added to ITNR
  41. ^ Wikipedia_talk:In_the_news/Recurring_items/Archive_13#Remove_New_York_City_.26_Chicago_Marathons
  42. ^ "ITNR disussion: Removal proposal for NASCAR Sprint Cup Series". Retrieved 3 December 2015.
  43. ^
  44. ^ Wikipedia_talk:In_the_news/Recurring_items/Archive_16#Proposal: remove The Boat Race from ITNR
  45. ^ a b c Wikipedia_talk:In_the_news/Recurring_items/Archive_11#Removal_proposal:_National_Rugby_League.2C_Superleague.2C_and_Super_Rugby
  46. ^ Alpine_skiing_world_cup
  47. ^ February 2013 discussion
  48. ^ March 2011 discussion
  49. ^
  50. ^ [3]
  51. ^ Olympic host city announcements