Definition of human interest in English:

human interest


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


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