But the signs are that this could change as the country begins to absorb the toughest public spending cuts since the 1930s and the trade union movement, with its seven million members, becomes one of the main forums through which people can protest. What a pity, then, that virtually no national media organisation has any specialist correspondents covering the unions.
But the bigger point about the demise of industrial reporters is the growing erosion of specialisms as media organisations cut jobs. Reporters are increasingly forced to regurgitate wire copy or quickly file stories with little or no knowledge of the subjects.
Couldn't agree more.