How to Cite a White House Press Briefing

Communication from the White House has always been important and press briefings provide loads of raw information that you might find useful for papers, articles, and projects. Citing a White House press briefing might seem difficult—but it’s easier than it seems. Regardless of whether you want to cite a White House press briefing in MLA format, APA format, or Chicago, we have some handy tips to help make the process a little easier for you.

When citing a White House press briefing, you must take the following pieces of information into account:

  1. Name of government and agency. In this case, it will be “United States, Office of the Press Secretary.”
  2. The title of the press briefing that you’re citing
  3. The date the press briefing was published
  4. The URL (visible in the top of your web browser)
  5. The title of the site the briefing was found on
  6. The press briefing number (if available)

Screenshot of White House Press Briefing

Use the following structure to cite a White house press briefing transcript in MLA 8:

Name of Government and Agency. “Title of the Press Briefing.” Title of the Site, Press briefing No., Date of Press Briefing, URL (remove http:// or https://).

Here’s how the above example would be cited in MLA 8:

United States, Office of the Press Secretary. “Press Briefing by Press Secretary Sean Spicer.” The White House, no. 25, 16 Mar. 2017, www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2017/03/16/press-briefing-press-secretary-sean-spicer-3162017-25.

Use the following structure to cite a White house press briefing transcript  in APA:

Name of Government and Agency (Producer). (Year, Month Day). Title of press briefing [Interview transcript]. Retrieved from URL

*APA rules say to abbreviate “United States” to “U.S.” when the U.S. is used as an adjective.

Here’s how the above example would be cited in APA:

U.S. Office of the Press Secretary (Producer). (2017, March 16). Press briefing by Press Secretary Sean Spicer, 3/17/2017, #25 [Interview transcript]. Retrieved from https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2017/03/16/press-briefing-press-secretary-sean-spicer-3162017-25

Use the following structure to cite a White house press briefing transcript in Chicago:

Speaker’s Last Name, First Name. “Title of Press Briefing.” Title of the Site, Date press briefing took place. Accessed date. URL.

*According to The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition, citations begin with the either the name of the interviewer or the interviewee.

Here’s how the above example would be cited in Chicago:

Spicer, Sean. “Press Briefing by Press Secretary Sean Spicer. ”The White House, March 16, 2017. Accessed March 17, 2017. https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2017/03/16/press-briefing-press-secretary-sean-spicer-3162017-25.

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