My 4th graders are writing Colonial newspapers. We have the Patriot Post, the Loyalist Tribune and the Neutralist News. Here are the press badges each student wears during their "newspaper work" time.
I punch a hole through the top of these Press Badges and string them on mardi-gras beads (or flower leis.) This does require glue-gunning the beads/leis back together -the perfect job for your room mom.