Definition of human interest in English:

human interest

noun

mass noun
  • The aspect of a story in the media that interests people because it describes the experiences or emotions of individuals to which others can relate.

    ‘the conflict was not lacking in human interest’
    as modifier ‘human interest stories’
    • ‘Half the stories are human interest and the other half scandals.’
    • ‘Instead, he gives us traditional rattling-good battles, which he writes up with perfection of pace and a journalist's eye for human interest.’
    • ‘On the surface there is not much of story, but the film works as a drily amusing human interest comedy.’
    • ‘The human interest story can evoke compassion.’
    • ‘He is capable of engaging human interest and celebrity interviews without resorting to sycophantic schmoozing or excruciating empathy.’
    • ‘They were also looking for human interest stories, getting under the skin of the readership, and campaigning.’
    • ‘We're told that the public's appetite for human interest stories about crime and punishment is insatiable.’
    • ‘They say the station will now be concentrating more on human interest stories.’
    • ‘The creators looked for a gap in the market to churn out stories that would create conversation and also be of human interest.’
    • ‘We're back to local human interest stories and very little hard news.’
    • ‘As time moved on, and as public appetite was whetted for scandal and so-called human interest stories, the edges began to crumble.’
    • ‘We will always stand for family values, human interest.’
    • ‘That to me is the ideal story, the one that the industry is intrigued by, but also, hopefully, has enough human interest and drama in it.’
    • ‘Their stories have provided a varied repast for readers, touching on the history, human interest aspect, and the light side of the game.’
    • ‘Then broadcasting executives began to fret about ratings and feed us news heavy with human interest, background music and suspiciously neat plot lines.’
    • ‘I mean, part of what we're talking about here is more serious news versus more human interest news that clearly grabs people.’
    • ‘I'm sure that this story has sufficient human interest value that it will be reported by just about everybody.’
    • ‘Giving the story local flavor and human interest are the experiences of local landowners and plant employees.’
    • ‘You always bring us great stories of interesting characters and human interest stories.’
    • ‘But it is human interest, true stories of true people with whom we can identify, that grips us.’

Pronunciation

human interest