press availability

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Shortening of "press availability session." Originally synonymous with press conference.


press availability (plural press availabilities)

  1. (US, politics, journalism) An event at which a politician is made available for questioning by the media.
    • 1974, June 5, quoting Ronald Reagan, “Carl B. Leubsdorf”, in Reagan Puts Presidential Ambitions 'Between Lines'[1], page B12:
      I was told that there was a request for press availabilities.
    • 2007, November 3, “Christina Bellantoni”, in Hillary criticized for press strategy[2]:
      Mrs. Clinton rarely holds press availabilities or takes questions from reporters who cover her campaign.