Regional newspaper

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Regional newspapers are newspapers that only appear in a certain area or region and are also location-based.

Differentiation from national and local newspapers

In contrast to regional newspapers, supraregional newspapers operate nationally or internationally, while local newspapers operate in even smaller areas, such as individual cities.

Many local newspapers do not appear on their own, but as local editions of regional newspapers. These can also be offered under location-specific other titles (mostly those from formerly independent local newspapers bought by the regional publisher), whereby only the local pages differ. Pure local newspapers often get their cover pages with the regional and national reporting from regional newspapers and only produce the local section itself ( head sheet ).


The selection of topics in regional newspapers usually places greater emphasis on the events and concerns of the respective region, thus leading the local reporting and traditionally filling the gap to the national reporting of major newspapers and other mass media such as television .

Since most of their readers take information about national or international events also or predominantly from television, regional newspapers keep their reporting on this shorter. To date, however, there are only a few regions with their own television stations with detailed reports on local events. There is therefore a division of tasks between national electronic media and the print media, which are more competent in regional topics.


Almost the entire circulation of a regional newspaper is distributed in the respective region, only a few copies are sold nationwide (by subscription ). The distribution of regional newspapers is divided into subscription sales and individual sales.

The distribution area of ​​a regional newspaper can vary widely, for example from the level of a German district to the size of German government districts or Austrian federal states .

Larger regional newspapers maintain several local editorial offices for local reporting, some as non- independent headers , which differ from their sister newspapers only in terms of their title and local content.

Situation in Germany

Regional newspapers are currently monopolists in their domestic market in 38 percent of all rural districts in Germany . There is at least one regional newspaper in almost every county.

334 local and regional newspapers are distributed, some of them by subscription, with a total circulation of 14.85 million.

Counties and cities that are supplied by just one daily local or regional newspaper are also called single-newspaper districts .

See also


  • Federal Association of German Newspaper Publishers (Ed.): Newspapers 2006. Berlin 2006, ISBN 3-939705-00-4 .

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Federal Association of German Newspaper Publishers: Newspapers 2006. Berlin 2006. ISBN 3939705004