Shortening of "press availability session." Originally synonymous with press conference.
press availability (plural press availabilities)
- (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”, Reagan Puts Presidential Ambitions 'Between Lines', page B12:
- I was told that there was a request for press availabilities.
2007, November 3, “Christina Bellantoni”, Hillary criticized for press strategy:
- Mrs. Clinton rarely holds press availabilities or takes questions from reporters who cover her campaign.