A few months back I added 3 digit numbers to the end of all the URLs on Blogstorm purely to get included in Google News. I’m not a fan of numbers in URLs because they don’t mean anything to users and just make it look untidy.
Yesterday I removed the numbers because it is no longer a Google News requirement, as long as you have a News Sitemap.
The three-digit-number requirement is waived if you submit a Google News sitemap in order to alert our crawler to your news articles in your Blog.
This tool will enable you to optimize the inclusion of your content without having to change the structure of your URLs. You can find more information about creating a News sitemap in our Publisher Help Center:
I used the Google News Sitemap generator plugin to create my sitemap.
If you want to get into Google News read the Advanced Webmasters Guide to Google News.