Who or what is a media press conference?

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A media press conference, or news conference, is a news media event where individuals or groups invite members of the media (TV, radio, Internet, or print journalists) to hear the speaker talk about about a subject of interest or importance to the piblic. This conference gives the person the chance to tell their story, news, or opinion and the media the chance to ask questions. (Sometimes the questions are answered openly; other times, lawyers may be present and may tell the person not to answer the question.)

Media conferences differ greatly. Sometimes the person or group giving the conference will be a victim of an alleged crime. Other times, the person speaking will be the accused. Some media conferences follow athletes, singers, actors, or other noteworthy people of interest.

Many times, media conferences take place when a child has been abducted and the parents of the child are reaching out for help. Other times, the person speaking out may be a person who has been the victim of a crime who is highly regarded in the community, state, or nation.

Addresses to the public made by government officials are media press conferences. Sometimes the official may only be making a statement (like when President Obama told the nation (and the world) about the death of Osama Bin Laden). Other times, the official may make a statement and then open the floor for questions.