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Feature films in the News genre?

I've noticed that there are 111 titles in IMDb which are listed as feature films yet have the genre News. This combination seems implausible to me. Many of the titles listed with the News genre are dramatized stories with all roles played by actors (examples: A Fighting Season, I Used to Live Here).

I found one film with the News genre, Street of the Dead, whose plot reads as follows:
Alan Mancuso and his friends Mort, Steve, and Chauncey partake and in the marijuana laden adventures at the Mancuso residence. While battling the usual case of the munchies, Chauncey stumbles upon an ancient sandwich, that wets his appetite. After devouring the clearly expired treat Chauncey transforms into a brain craving, gargling zombie and begins to attack his fellow friends and sparking the biggest zombie outbreak this side of Canada.
Somehow my local newspapers failed to report on that event.

There are some other titles listed as feature films with the News genre which apparently are News, but not feature films, such as Multiracial Identity for the Year 2000 Census (a made-for-television production) or Pathé News, No. 17 (a newsreel, and hence a short film, not a feature).

I suggest that anyone submitting the News genre to a feature film should receive a warning along the following lines: "The News genre is rarely applicable to feature films. A dramatized feature film does not qualify for the News genre merely because its plot relates to current events or depicts news reporters," with a checkbox to allow the submitter to acknowledge the warning and submit the New genre anyway. Even after that, the staff should scrutinize any feature film submitted with the News genre to see if it qualifies. Most likely, it won't.

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3 y ago

I fixed two of the titles: Kilroy Event Live Stream (2017) and The Truth About the Fusion GPS Dossier Collusion Scandal (2017). Although both of them are feature length and both are news, they are also videos. Once the title type changes, they should disappear from the list.

I have no idea what, if anything, should be done with this curious entry: Probably the Best Test Title Around.

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I am bumping this thread because we have received no response from the IMDb staff after more than a year. In fact, additional feature film titles claiming the "News" genre have been accepted since then; there are now 115 such titles listed. 
https://www.imdb.com/search/title/?title_type=feature&genres=news&sort=release_date,desc

I'm sure that the IMDb staff knows that it's very unusual for a feature film to qualify for the News genre, so if a contributor happens to submit such a title in error, the staff should take appropriate action to prevent such submissions from being accepted.

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1 y ago

There is also feature films in Game-Show, Reality-TV and Talk-Show category, I fixed many of these titles, but new one are constantly appearing.

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I'm going to bump this thread again, because after two and a half years, IMDb now has 117 feature films listed in the News genre, most of which do not belong there because either (1) they are dramatized stories, not news, or (2) they are made-for-television or direct-to-video titles, not feature films. 

Remember, the description of the News genre is:

Reports and discussion of current events of public importance or interest. If the events are not current (at the time the title was initially released), use History instead. This generally includes newsreels, newsmagazines, daily news reports, and commentary/discussion programs that focus on news events. Objective.

As an example of an incorrect listing, Pilot Error (2020) is listed in the News genre. The film's plot outline says:

An Air Paris jet is missing at the bottom of the Atlantic. When Investigative reporter Nicola Wilson's newspaper editors refuse to assign her the story, she quits to find out what caused the accident that took the lives of 212 passengers.

But being a fictional story about newspaper reporters is not the same thing as being in the News genre. Even a dramatized story about real-life newspaper reporters such as All the President's Men (1976) wouldn't belong in the News genre -- and, fortunately, it isn't listed with the News genre. Pilot Error, which is a fictional story about fictional characters and fictional events, is even less worthy of being listed that way. ("Air Paris" is not even a real airline.)

And, on the other hand, there are titles listed such as Post Debate Special (2018), which looks like it might qualify as News, but appears to be a television special, not a feature film.

To quote my initial post in this thread:

I suggest that anyone submitting the News genre to a feature film should receive a warning along the following lines: "The News genre is rarely applicable to feature films. A dramatized feature film does not qualify for the News genre merely because its plot relates to current events or depicts news reporters," with a checkbox to allow the submitter to acknowledge the warning and submit the News genre anyway. Even after that, the staff should scrutinize any feature film submitted with the News genre to see if it qualifies. Most likely, it won't.

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@gromit82 Good of you to bump this issue, a pity it was necessary...