How to get your story on the front page

If the front page ain’t what it used to be, then how does a journalist get a story on those new front pages? First, accept that the reader is the now the front page editor. Then, make sure your editor knows when you’ve created a new piece of content, and why it is worthy of front page consideration.

  1. Twitter: Add a tweet button to your story and create content that people want to share with their friends.
  2. Facebook: Add a “like” button to your post and create content that people want to share with their friends.
  3. Search: Make sure your stories include words that people might use when searching for the information that you’ve provided, and create content to which people want to link.
  4. Text (messaging): Create content that people want to share with their friends.
  5. Tablet: Create content that people want to share with their friends.
  6. RSS: Make sure readers can easily subscribe to your RSS feed and create a stream of content to which people want to subscribe.
  7. Time shifters: Add a “read later” button and create content that people will want to read later.

Oh, and make sure you know in which publications you want to appear, and don’t write to appear in other publications. In old school terms, don’t write for Playboy if you want to appear in the Washington Post.