press release

noun
a statement prepared and distributed to the press by a public relations firm, governmental agency, etc.
Also called news release, release.


Origin:
1955–60

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press release
 
n
an official announcement or account of a news item circulated to the press

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Example sentences
They have a press release here which is also where the image above is from.
If you want to send out a press release, write a draft first and include it
  with your email.
Yet last week's statistics were accompanied only by a low-key press release and
  almost no media coverage.
The true import of new research will not be known for years and will not come
  in the form of a press release.
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