human interest story

human-interest story

[hyoo-muhn-in-ter-ist, -trist or, often, yoo-]
noun
a story or report, as in a newspaper or on a newscast, designed to engage attention and sympathy by enabling one to identify readily with the people, problems, and situations described.

Origin:
1925–30

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