Local Newspapers at the Dawn of the Digital Age: A Brief Review of the State of the Turkish Local Newspapers

Abstract

Local newspapers are one of the leading businesses affected by the digital age. Especially having a fragile structure than the mainstream national newspapers, their local competitors face with serious difficulties to survive in the digital era. The obstacles that local newspapers face include economic problems, inadequate qualified personnel and technological infrastructure deficiencies. Especially the currency crisis in 2018 and the COVID-19 pandemic brought the existing problems of the local newspapers to a more serious level in Turkey. The purpose of this paper is to discuss the functions and problems of the local newspapers in Turkey and to present suggestions for strengthening their future.

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