media event


Definition of media event 

: a publicity event staged for coverage by the news media

Examples of media event in a Sentence

The President's visit to the school was a major media event.

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Special issues, such as its annual Person of the Year, and the magazine’s Time 100, an annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world, have become stand-alone media events in their own right. Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg, WSJ, "Time Magazine Sold to Salesforce Founder Marc Benioff for $190 Million," 16 Sep. 2018 Details on the 12th annual festival — full name GM River Days presented by Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort — were scheduled to be announced at a Wednesday morning media event. Brian Mccollum, Detroit Free Press, "River Days 2018 lineup: Kool & the Gang, Beatlemania, Tamia return," 25 Apr. 2018 Since the initial announcement in February 2014 that Beckham intended to put an MLS expansion team in Miami, the venture has been characterized by grand media events and the elusive stadium saga. Craig Davis,, "David Beckham, Jorge Mas encounter opposition in latest bid for Miami MLS stadium," 13 July 2018 Since then, the unveiling of each successive new class has become a bona fide media event, complete with a splashy web site featuring graphs and charts detailing the group’s progress toward its diversity benchmarks. Josh Rottenberg,, "Motion picture academy’s record-breaking 928 new members a sign of the changing times," 26 June 2018 That's designed to prevent school visits from being media events in disguise, Jeter said. Ann Doss Helms, charlotteobserver, "Can the mayor stage a media event in a CMS school? No? What about the president?," 14 June 2018 Other Supercharged facts presented during Universal’s two-day media event that promoted it and other attractions. Dewayne Bevil,, "Star power, car stunt opens Fast & Furious ride at Universal Studios," 3 May 2018 Most GIFs are pulled from movies, television shows and other media events. Katherine Rosman, New York Times, "15 Minutes of Fame Is Too Much. Try 6 Seconds.," 12 Feb. 2018 After previously confirming that Nintendo Switch will be home to the next major Pokémon games, the series' handlers confirmed exactly how those games will look via a Tuesday night media event and trailer. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Pokémon’s first Switch game launches in November, connects to Pokémon Go," 30 May 2018

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First Known Use of media event

1972, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of media event was in 1972

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: an event that attracts attention from the news media

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