The article deals with local media functions typology. Firstly, the author makes an attempt to describe the lowest level of the media system in general, providing the basic statistical data. This gives an assumption for further discussion about significant difficulties in defining local media and in making a comparison between parts of media systems. Secondly, the paper considers a theoretical approach to typology of local media functions considering several existing proposals. Lastly, the author analyzes how these functions have been fulfilled in the practice of local media in Poland.