Definition of human interest in US English:

human interest


  • The aspect of a story in the media that interests people because it describes the experiences or emotions of individuals.

    ‘the conflict was not lacking in human interest’
    as modifier ‘dry and distant matters are often treated from a human-interest angle’
    • ‘They say the station will now be concentrating more on human interest stories.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Instead, he gives us traditional rattling-good battles, which he writes up with perfection of pace and a journalist's eye for human interest.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He is capable of engaging human interest and celebrity interviews without resorting to sycophantic schmoozing or excruciating empathy.’
    • ‘Half the stories are human interest and the other half scandals.’
    • ‘Giving the story local flavor and human interest are the experiences of local landowners and plant employees.’
    • ‘On the surface there is not much of story, but the film works as a drily amusing human interest comedy.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We're back to local human interest stories and very little hard news.’
    • ‘You always bring us great stories of interesting characters and 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.’
    • ‘The human interest story can evoke compassion.’
    • ‘They were also looking for human interest stories, getting under the skin of the readership, and campaigning.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Then broadcasting executives began to fret about ratings and feed us news heavy with human interest, background music and suspiciously neat plot lines.’
    • ‘Their stories have provided a varied repast for readers, touching on the history, human interest aspect, and the light side of the game.’


human interest

/ˈ(h)yo͞omən ˈint(ə)rəst//ˈ(h)jumən ˈɪnt(ə)rəst/