The first thing that came to my mind was an event like this would makes the headlines very quick. But after checking on Google, I realized there were 0 results. So, obviously I was wrong.

What's the right expression for a case like this?

  • I'd also point out that strictly quick is an adjective - not an adverb - so you should say "makes the headlines very quickly".
    – TrevorD
    Commented Oct 4, 2013 at 21:23
  • I found one: hit the headlines immediately is that a common one?
    – wyc
    Commented Oct 5, 2013 at 1:03
  • 1
    "scoop of the century" ~40k hits
    – Mazura
    Commented May 27, 2015 at 0:36

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"Viral news" or "has gone viral"

Many people refer to this as news that spreads very quickly on television, and especially on the internet.


Related terms include
overnight sensation, narrowly defined in urbandictionary with “When a certain unknown person becomes famous in a supposedly short amount of time, usually a day or a week”, but in general referring to anything suddenly newsworthy
instant celebrity, “someone who becomes a celebrity in a very short period of time”
flash in the pan, “A transient occurrence with no long-term effect”


In the olden days (pre-Internet), one would say an event stole the headlines -- i.e., became immediately newsworthy. It has a decidedly old-school ring to it, but maybe it works for the Internet era, too.


We can say that someone or something steals the limelight.

Definition of Limelight:

The center of public attention, interest, observation, or notoriety.


When something is used to describe a big event that is unexpected, the news channels usually say it is breaking news.

And I hate to throw a google search, but you can easily see that almost every major news organization has a breaking news page/section.

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