Wikipedia:In the news/Administrator instructions

The first thing to be aware of is that any changes you make to this template will be immediately visible on the Main Page, which means that any errors will be visible to a large number of visitors. With that in mind, it is recommended to use a spellchecker and/or the preview button. After that, follow the three steps described below. If you have time, there are some additional things you may be able to do. On behalf of Wikipedia, thank you for helping at ITN!

Instructions

For the most important aspects, read the bold text. What comes after is intended as clarification.

ITN/C

Make sure the item has consensus for posting at WP:ITN/C. This is the only place where prospective ITN items are discussed. Consensus there is not as hard and fast as it is at AfD or RfA, so admins are advised to use their best judgment. Editors at ITN/C declare their support or opposition and, after a few hours, it's usually fairly clear if enough people express reasonable arguments in favour of posting. If the consensus is not entirely clear, consider letting the nomination run for more time, especially if the nomination is less than 24 hours old. Once a consensus for posting is reached, please do not archive the discussion. Instead, note that you have posted the item by annotating the section header with "[Posted]" and commenting "Posted." with your signature at the bottom of the discussion.

If there is not consensus to post the item and the nomination has had suitable time to run (generally 24 hours), nominations can be closed. Nominations with "fixable" opposition (e.g. the nominated article needs more references) should be allowed to remain open. Posted nominations generally are not closed so that the nomination can be used as a workspace for an item (beyond the scope of WP:ERRORS) or if there is a possibility of additional voters later requesting that the item be pulled. Posted items with lengthy nonproductive debate after posting may be closed with administrator discretion.

Update

The new blurb should contain a bold link to an updated article. There are criteria for the update, but all you really need to know is that if the article is new, it should be capable of imparting all the most important facts to the reader. A rule of thumb is generally three complete, referenced and well-formed paragraphs/sections for a new article. If an update has been made to an existing article, check it is well referenced and, again, that it tells the reader what they want to know. For this, a five-sentence update is generally considered to be more than enough. In a longer article, it may be desirable to pipe the link directly to the relevant section.

For items added to either the "Ongoing" or "Recent Deaths" (RD) sections of ITN, the articles must also be updated, but the links for these items are not bolded in Template:In the news.

Blurb

ITN items must have a suitable, descriptive blurb. Check Portal:Current events and the ITN/C discussion for suitable suggestions. Do not start the blurb with a numeral in accordance with Wikipedia:Manual of Style (dates and numbers). The aim of the blurb is to convey the most pertinent facts in as little space as possible. If casualties are involved, try to use an estimate as precise figures can date quickly, especially with current events. The blurb should be in the simple present.

Now, the tricky bit. ITN items are in a bulleted list, ordered chronologically by date of occurrence (but not necessarily chronologically within that date) not by date they were added, thus items may have to be posted in the middle of the template. In addition, because ITN items are arranged chronologically, the date should be added in a comment (example below). A typical example would look as follows, assuming that " Shiny Space Shuttle Mk IV" is the updated article:

* <!--Aug 24-->[[NASA]] successfully launches '''[[Shiny Space Shuttle Mk IV]]'''.

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  • NASA successfully launches Shiny Space Shuttle Mk IV.

An accepted blurb may be transferred to the Ongoing section if small, incremental updates are still appearing in notable news agencies, and if regular constructive editing is continuing on the relevant article(s). Major developments should be nominated for a new blurb. Articles listed in Ongoing that are not being regularly updated should be removed.

For RD items, the posting system is slightly different. RD items are listed by date of death, with the most recent death on the left side and the oldest death on the right. New RD items are added in the order of their occurrence; if two deaths are on the same date, the new article is added to the left. There is a limit of four RD items at a time in the section. In general, RDs should remain up for no more than 7 days after the death, except where there was a substantial delay in posting the item.