Update on September 7, 2016: Follow Custom Genesis Featured Posts Widget plugin instead.
Update on October 06, 2016: Also check out https://sridharkatakam.com/relocate-titles-genesis-featured-posts-widgets-output/
Genesis comes built-in with a very handy ‘Genesis – Featured Posts’ widget that can be used to pull and display Posts with several filters/options in a widget area.
Sample output of the above (with some custom styling):
Notice that the post title appears below the featured image. What if you want to move the title up, above the featured image like this?
This is when Genesis Custom Featured Post Widget plugin by Gary Jones comes handy. It essentially contains the (slightly modified) code that is behind the display of Featured Posts widget itself (defined in themes/genesis/lib/widgets/featured-post-widget.php). The slight modification is that code for printing the image is moved below that of title.
To use the plugin, head on over to this gist and download/save/create both the needed php files. Place them in a directory named custom-featured-post-widget in wp-content/plugins. Go to the list of plugins in dashboard and activate the plugin. That’s it. There is nothing else to do if all you want is to move the post title above featured image in Genesis Featured Posts. If you would like to make any other changes, you need to edit the plugin’s class-custom-featured-post.php.