backgrounder

[bak-groun-der]
noun
1.
a briefing for the press in which an official, often from government or business, gives background information to clarify particular policies, actions, or newsworthy issues, with the understanding that the official will not be named or quoted directly in any resulting press reports.
2.
any briefing or report for the purpose of providing background information.

Origin:
1955–60, Americanism; background + -er1

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backgrounder

noun
a press conference or interview in which a government official explains to reporters the background of an action or policy; "the secretary gave us a backgrounder on public health issues" 
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My backgrounder set of links on income inequality begin here.
But before making her argument, she offers a highly informative backgrounder on bird song.
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