human-interest story

[ hyoo-muhn-in-ter-ist, -trist or, often, yoo- ]

  1. 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 of human-interest story

First recorded in 1925–30

Words Nearby human-interest story Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use human-interest story in a sentence

  • That was why Jimmy knew there was a real human interest story in this thrilling leap from a burning plane.

    The Flying Reporter | Lewis E. (Lewis Edwin) Theiss
  • A human interest story sometimes slips past the trained nose of a reporter of twenty years' experience and is picked up by a cub.

    If You Don't Write Fiction | Charles Phelps Cushing
  • There are no rules to help us in writing any part of the human interest story.

  • The human interest story has grown out of a number of causes.

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

    Local Color | Irvin S. Cobb