Working-class representation in UK journalism has hit a record low. A report released in 2022 found a staggering 80% of journalists come from professional and upper-class backgrounds, and while race and gender representation had improved in recent years, social class was the only factor surveyed where the UK news industry is getting increasingly unequal over time. So what’s being done about this? What’s it like for reporters from low-income backgrounds to make their way into the industry – and how do they still face barriers today? Are newsrooms changing their hiring practices to focus on social class? In this panel discussion, the speakers will have a candid conversation about their personal experiences of class barriers in the industry, as well as their ideas for how to make journalism an industry less dominated by the well-connected, wealthy elite.