human interest story

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In journalism, an item in which the primary appeal is its focus on individuals and the details of their personal experiences, rather than its news value. Such stories typically involve an emotional appeal, and may seek empathic audience identification with those who are sympathetically represented. Where such stories feature at the end of news programmes they typically function to lighten the mood, or, as Charlotte Brunsdon and Morley argued in 1978, to ideologically unify the audience.

Subjects: Media Studies.

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