I have been a fan of the Ivy + Bean books by Annie Barrows for years. As I said back in 2007:
"Bean could be described as a Junie B. and Clementine type of child in
that she tends to go her own way. Her creator describes her as "loud and
wild." The difference between Bean and the other leads in the big, girl
series is that Bean is comfortable with who she is. She isn't always
anxiously interacting with adult characters who reassure her in some way
or are involved in helping her learn a reassuring lesson. Most of
Bean's interaction is with another child and not adults. She interacts with Ivy, her co-lead, who, superficially, is your stereotypical quiet little girl.
Yeah, your quiet little girl who is into magic and potions, and who is sharp as a tack. Talk about still waters running deep."
No News Is Good News, is more of the same, and the same is very good. Ivy and Bean want to take part in a school fad that requires money. Their first plan to make some involves selling potions that Ivy would make. Surprisingly, that doesn't work. So they fall back on creating a neighborhood newspaper, as Bean's father did when he was young. They grasp the concept of selling subscriptions right away. That they will have to provide something to the people who paid up comes as something of a surprise to them. They also struggle with the concept of "news."
Yes, stories about child-run newspapers have been done before. But not with Ivy and Bean.
Ivy + Bean No News Is Good News is a Cybils nominee in the Easy Readers/Short Chapter Books category.