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Entry from February 11, 2013

A “presser” is a press conference. “Newser/presser—a press conference” was defined in a 1994 book about the media.

“Presser” less frequently means a press release. This use is of an uncertain date.

Wiktionary: presser
(plural pressers)
1. (media, slang) A press release
2. (media, slang) A press conference or press briefing.

Google Books
On Deadline:
Managing Media Relations

By Carole Howard and Wilma Mathews
Prospect Heights, IL: Waveland Press
Pg. 49:
Newser/presser—a press conference.

Google Books
How to Succeed in Newspaper Journalism
By David Stephenson
London: Kogan Page
Pg. 27:
Press conferences
We will now look at two popular ‘set pieces’, the first of which is the press conference or ‘presser’ as it is sometimes known (it is also known as a news conference).

Google Books
Essential Radio Journalism:
How to produce and present radio news

By Paul Chantler and Peter Stewart
London : A & C Black
Pg. 90:
News conferences (often called a ‘presser’ for ‘press conference’ ) can be a free-for-all. Some are relatively well organised in a hall or conference room, but be aware that they are inevitably controlled by the company, authority or club running them.

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Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityMedia/Newspapers/Magazines/Internet • Monday, February 11, 2013 • Permalink