press availability



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”[The Lima News], Reagan Puts Presidential Ambitions 'Between Lines', page B12:
      I was told that there was a request for press availabilities.
    • 2007, November 3, “Christina Bellantoni”[Washington Times], Hillary criticized for press strategy:
      Mrs. Clinton rarely holds press availabilities or takes questions from reporters who cover her campaign.