I can't figure out the meaning of "flood-the-zone"

It may be uncomfortable for any journalist to admit it, but the flood-the-zone coverage that usually follows mass murders simply confirms a potential killer's belief that what he sees as his small and inconsequential life can end on a large and monstrous chord, even if he won't be around to enjoy the transformation.

  • Tacherie

    Senior Member
    Spanish - Argentina
    Hi! I would suggest doing some googling on Howell Raines. This is a short explanation quoted from http://ace.mu.nu/archives/279443.php:

    When there's a hot story, the media usually likes to pile on with background pieces, context pieces, related pieces. This is flood-the-zone type coverage as former NYT editor Howell Raines dubbed it.

    The term is also used in other contexts, as explained here: http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2007/06/11/working-the-youtube-moment/, but I think the previous one is the one you're looking for. Regards!
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