10 Ways Journalists Are A lot Like Parents By StuffJournalistsLike 06/26/2014 Share Tweet + When it comes to dealing with sources, editors, and deadlines journalists have a lot in common with parents 10. Like parents and their kids, journalists can't let their sources see them cry. 9. Both parents and journalists are constantly dealing with shit. We can't decide who's more full of shit: politicians or babies. 8. Journalists have to put the paper to bed. 7. We think we know what's best (for readers) 6. We have to deal with whiny people who don't get their way. "No, you cannot read the story before it's published." 5. We fail at our attempts to remain hip with the youths. Wanna Yo me? 4. Parents and journalists have to deal with "I don't know" all the time. "Why were you using your private email to conduct public business?""I don't know." 3. A good portion of our day is spent listening to people going on and on and on about something we absolutely have no interest in. Yes, please tell me more about how you think the Post Office is spying on you. At some point, we just have to say: 2. We're always running on about four hours of sleep. 1. We always mean well. But from time to time we royally screw up.