1. Identify a story
Is it about Arlington (or whatever place the site covers) or is it a regional or statewide issue that is very strongly and uniquely relevant to Arlington?
Is it already in the rundown or in future?
Have we already reported on it, in a standalone article or morning notes? If so, is it worth a follow up?
Does it follow a storyline that we have been reporting? For instance, a series of crashes at a particular intersection.
Is it interesting or important for readers? Does it provide valuable or actionable information, or is it entertaining and would make them smile?
When should it be published? Today? Tomorrow? In the future.
-Urgency of story, desire to be first, length of time to report and resources available.