>Look online, my friends

>Although a computerized newspaper will never be as easy to read as the daily rag that lands on my driveway–how can I stuff it in my purse or rip out a story I want to keep?–a look at the online version of some of the top U.S. newspapers shows that those of us still reading print papers are missing more than half the fun, as well as the freelance opportunities.

I happened on www.onlinenewspapers.com, which lists the top 50 online papers in the U.S. and the top 50 international papers. When you have time, click on over there. You could spend all day reading articles, watching videos, trying out blogs and following links. This is the future of newspapers, my friends. It’s a global multimedia extravaganza against which your local print paper will never successfully compare. I’m ready to go out and buy an e-reader so I can subscribe and carry a world of newspapers around with me.

So what are the top papers? I’ll give you the top ten. Note that three are in New York and most are on the East Coast. From 1 to 10, they are: New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, New York Post, Daily News (New York), Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Detroit Free Press, Boston Globe, Pittsburg Post-Gazette and Anchorage Daily News.

The ones I studied were skimpy on information about freelancing, but they do give you contact information so you can send a query or a finished piece. By all means, read all the print papers you can find, but don’t forget to look for their online offerings.