“Several editors had told me they wanted stories of ‘broad, human interest’; I thought I would find out what that meant, so I asked one, ‘What does broad, human interest mean?’
“‘Broad, human interest means anything the editor likes and can afford to buy,’ he answered.”
— Louise Bryant, writing in the New-York Tribune, April 22, 1917. Bryant said she visited the offices of 25 magazines for her article and met with most of their editors.
Assuming this is the same Louise Bryant, which seems likely, Bryant left for Russia later that year, where she and her journalist husband, John Reed, covered the October Communist revolution. Their relationship is the basis of the 1981 movie “Reds.”