Alternatively you could get the featured image with a custom function
featured_image_details($post->ID) to return:
Published on 5th October, 2012
Kicking up a storm stateside, I was asked to shoot the new images for boy band sensation One Direction – the images probably sent teenagers into a frenzy last weekend as the images ran in Fabulous Magazine with 6 different covers to collect.
If you haven’t heard of them by now then you’re probably dead.