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ACTIVITY: The Pontchartrain Picayune:
Producing Your Own Newspaper

One interesting way to educate others about factors affecting the Lake Pontchartrain Basin is to produce a student newspaper. This can be a big job, but it can also be a lot of fun for your class if everyone works hard.

At a newspaper, the work is divided by department, so you and your classmates
will work in teams representing each different division. Here are the
major departments in any newspaper. Feel free to add any others that you might

Newspaper Department

Responsibilities and Duties


Head of the newspaper staff;
assign newspaper jobs to various
teams and individuals

News Department

Led by the Editor-in-Chief;
write and illustrate all articles and
features; take photos

Business/Advertising Department

Raise money to publish the
newspaper; sell newspapers;
sell advertising space

Design Department

Put stories, art and photos into
proper form for printing; print the paper

For full instructions on producing a paper,

read this!

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  1. Introduction
  2. Essential Questions
  3. Global Climate Change
  4. Are Sea Levels Rising?
  5. Subsidence and Erosion in the Basin
  6. Activity: Thinking at Right Angles
  7. Activity: Linking Lake Factors
  8. Hurricanes
  9. Activity: Subsidence and Erosion
  10. Activity: C-Mail
  11. Activity: The Pontchartrain Picayune
  12. Activity: Multimedia Presentation
  13. Activity: Help! I'm Up to my Hips in Water!