No, I’m not going to suggest you run a marathon across the United States naked, but that probably would make you front page news.
This article from Poynter Online titled “How to Turn a Student Journalism Project into a National Story” suggests a few ways to get your student work published by major news organization. Some talented journalism students were lucky enough to get their investigative report on transportation safety published on the front page of the Washington Post.
Seek outside help to find the right story.
The article says to find a topic that news organizations have reported on, but not in depth. These students used the Center for Public Integrity’s executive director to help them find a topic.
Set up a way for students to learn the necessary background as quickly as possible.
The students in this story were a part of weekly telephone calls that gave them the confidence and practice to pitch their stories and access to specific individuals that could help further their investigation.
Recruit professors to completely edit the work before sending it to news orgs.
Having your work edited is invaluable, especially by a professional. This also gives your story credibility that it’s been fact checked. Which also gives the news organization more incentive to publish your work, if they don’t have to work as hard to edit and fact check.
Find a link to the newsroom you want to pitch your story to.
Having a professor that works for or use to work with or for someone in the news organization you wish to pitch to can be helpful. The students in the article had a professor that had positive ties to The Washington Post pitch their story for them. Having a professional rally for your work is also credible.
Give news orgs flexibility when it comes to publishing content.
I know this to be true as a public relations student. The more wiggle room the organization has, the more likely they are to publish your work.