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human interest

a quality of a story or report, as in a newspaper or on a newscast, that engages attention and sympathy by enabling one to identify readily with the people, problems, and situations described.
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Examples from the web for human interest
  • The heart of the program was the human interest features, produced to appeal to a broad spectrum of viewers.
  • It is difficult for journalists to capture the attention of typical readers without relying on human interest stories.
  • There is no difference between human interest and science among humans.
  • The only reason this is being debated is because of special interest groups not human interest groups.
  • Let us turn to another familiar human interest, that of the fine arts.
  • The article acts as a sort of human interest story of a family.
  • The life history theory makes for more of a human interest story.
  • There are several conclusions to be drawn from the drag-racing human interest story.
  • Her writing focus is travel, equestrian and health and medical articles, but she enjoys writing human interest stories as well.
  • The influence of animal discomfort and human interest on the ethical acceptability of projected animal experiments.
British Dictionary definitions for human interest

human interest

(in a newspaper story, news broadcasting, etc) reference to individuals and their emotions
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