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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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human-interest, adjective Unabridged
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  • He knew a human-interest story when he met it walking in the road.

    Local Color Irvin S. Cobb
  • For the newspapers it was a rich source of human-interest stories.

    Post-Impressions Simeon Strunsky
  • Graham was a good reporter, and he had a genius for human-interest yarns.

    Buff: A Collie and other dog-stories Albert Payson Terhune
  • There, suddenly, Graham saw one of the “human-interest bits” for which he was always hunting.

    Buff: A Collie and other dog-stories Albert Payson Terhune
  • This publication wants common, human-interest subjects treated carefully.

    Making Your Camera Pay Frederick C. Davis
  • In this field of reporting there are many opportunities for the human-interest story which will be taken up in a later chapter.

  • They use the human-interest type, and run to landscapes, seascapes, and portraits of pretty girls.

    Making Your Camera Pay Frederick C. Davis
  • First, Harte originated a new and incalculably influential type of story: the romantically picturesque "human-interest" story.

    Selected Stories Bret Harte
  • The photographs entered must be of good workmanship, of human-interest and must preferably tell a story.

    Making Your Camera Pay Frederick C. Davis
British Dictionary definitions for human-interest

human interest

(in a newspaper story, news broadcasting, etc) reference to individuals and their emotions
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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