This page in a nutshell: The recurring events listed on this page are considered suitable for inclusion on the Main Page in the In the news section every time they occur. Other recurring events may also be included if they satisfy the usual ITN criteria.
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 ors 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 ors 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. In addition, as is the case with all other ITN items, the posting of a recurring item can be weighed against whether Wikipedia would be best served in its inclusion.
Suggestions for new recurring items should be discussed and gain consensus at WT:ITN. Similarly, changes or removals from this list should be proposed at WT:ITN.
This page does not pre-empt other ITN criteria regarding inclusion. Unusual and particularly important events not listed here may also be included.
Changes in the holder of the office which administer the executive of their respective state/government, in those countries which qualify under the criteria above, as listed at List of current heads of state and government except when that change was already posted as part of a general election.
Exhibitions and summits
For each of these events, the ITN blurb should link to the specific article for that year's meeting.
Entries which refer to events where men's and women's events are concurrent (unless otherwise specified) are generally posted as a combined blurb, as long as both articles are of a sufficient quality. In terms of timing, events are generally posted as soon as a winner is determined. 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.
The Commonwealth Games was posted as an "ongoing" entry in 2014.
Nominations for various multi-day single sport events for the "ongoing" section of ITN have failed, with a handful of exceptions.
The exceptions to this have been the Men's Football World Cup, which was added to "ongoing" in 2014 and 2018, the Women's Football World Cup in 2019, and the Cricket World Cup in 2019.
Expected stories per year: 2.25 (3 in Summer Olympic years, 4 in Winter Olympic years, 1 in odd-numbered years)
^Announced in 2000, only one of the seven prizes available has been awarded as of 2021[update]
^Taken as the publication of the discovery in a peer reviewed scientific journal
^In the event that the two organizations do not name them simultaneously, the official naming should only be posted once.
^Between 2000 and 2020, five new elements were reported (see Timeline of chemical element discoveries) and nine were officially named, but on some occasions multiple elements were reported or named simultaneously.
^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.
^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.