Thank you for sharing your story (from the son of a tradesman). The salaries of many journalists are less than many “blue collar” jobs, and the instability of everyone’s job is in question. Some curiosity and empathy could go a long way toward telling better, more complex and truthful stories.
This has been an issue at Universities, as well. Tradesfolk and workers who do physical labor are, generally, invisible to many professors and administrators (unwise from a practical standpoint and unfair from a human one).