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'Paywall' removed

The new millennium has been a transformative time for newspaper publishing.

Changing reader habits and the advent of new technology have placed big demands on companies in the print news business.

The Acorn and its parent company, Times Media Group, understand that their biggest responsibility is not only the delivery of credible, relevant information in a timely fashion, but making sure residents have easy access to the publication when stories become available.

That’s why we’re super excited about the news being shared today.

Following a five-year stretch in which Acorn readers were given the option of purchasing online subscriptions to the paper, that so-called “paywall” is coming down.

“Mr. Publisher, tear down this wall,” the late President Ronald Reagan might have once said.

And so we did.

Starting immediately, all online content from our five Acorn publications will be available at no charge to the reader, meaning a paid subscription is no longer required to click and read articles. The weekly Acorn has always been delivered to your driveway at no cost—that more than 40-year tradition will continue—and from now on The Acorn on the internet will be free as well.

Why the change?

The Acorn is your community newspaper, and we want to make sure it stays that way. We believe it’s important that residents feel a connection to the stories we write and also learn about the businesses that advertise in their community. The absence of a paywall is the best way to ensure this free-flow of information remains.

We also invite readers to sign up for the new, easy-to-read Acorn newspaper e-edition delivered weekly to your e-mail. Viewed on mobile, desktop or laptop, the pages are super easy to navigate and, free, just like the print paper.

Local journalism is first gear in the engine that drives America’s free press, and a free press it shall be.


Walk for a cure

The Movie Nut

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Church celebrates the fine arts

The Camarillo United Methodist Church 2011-2012 Fine Arts Series will feature 14 events over the next 10 months. All of the programs are open to the public with a freewill donation or a suggested donation for most events. They take place in the church sanctuary at 291 Anacapa Drive, unless otherwise noted. Sun., Oct. 9 at 5 p.m. Alchemy Bell […]

The Art of Being

“Our environment, the world in which we live and work, is a mirror of our attitudes and expectations.” — Earl Nightingale Great expectations Once upon a time, a traveler from a far and distant town approached a wise man who was leaving the city the traveler was entering. The traveler stopped the wise man and said,“ Can you tell me […]

Cancers that affect women focus of forum

The Community Memorial Health System will host its fifth annual Symposium to Focus on Cancers That Affect Women, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sat, Oct. 15 at the Ventura Beach Marriott, 2055 Harbor Blvd. This event is open to patients, their families, the public, caregivers and medical professionals. The program will begin with registration and a light continental breakfast […]

Take part in cancer study

Enrollment for the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Prevention Study-3 will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m on Sat., Oct.15 at the society’s Camarillo Relay For Life at Camarillo High School, 4660 Mission Oaks Blvd. The study will follow a half a million diverse people across the United States over 20 to 30 years to help researchers better understand […]

Scouts honor health officer

Kara Partridge Ralston, chief operations officer at the Camarillo Health Care District, has been named as a “Woman of Distinction” by the Girl Scouts California Central Coast Chapter. This award honors women in the community whose leadership, courage and participation has helped make a significant impact in the lives of young women. In her position, Ralston is responsible for oversight […]

Back-to-school spirit

Tackling cancer

All aboard for a ride to the pumpkin patch

The Fillmore & Western Railway will offer a variety of rides in October. All trips depart from the station in Central Park, Fillmore. Reservations are required. For information or reservations, call (805) 524-2546 or (800) 773-8724 or go online to www.fwry.com. Oct. 8, 9, 15, 16, 22 and 23. “Steam Engine Pumpkin Liner.” Ride a steam train through Heritage Valley […]