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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.


Folk tales come to life

Choral Tales, a project of The Arts Collaborative, kicked off with a reception at the home of David Maron in Camarillo on Sept. 30. According to the project’s artistic director and composer, Ludwig Tuman, Choral Tales are “inspiring folk tales from around the world, portrayed in original music and dance.” Four folk tales were selected from different continents, including a […]

Clergy discuss U.S. papal visit

Pope Francis kept his security team on its toes last week when he took pause to step out of his open-sided popemobile to interact with the public during his historic trip to the United States. The face of the Roman Catholic Church walked into the crowd to kiss babies, pray for the sick and embrace those with disabilities as he […]

Residents can give a gift of life with blood donation

Donors can contribute blood to the Red Cross at these locations. All types of blood are needed. Camarillo: Tues., Oct. 6 from 9 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. at Technicolor, 3233 E. Mission Oaks Blvd. Newbury Park: Fri., Oct. 2 from 9 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. at Alcoa Fastening Systems, 1300 Rancho Conejo Blvd. Thousand Oaks: Fri., Oct. 2 from 9 […]

Treatments for neck and back pain

Know when to see a doctor

One of the most common medical issues affecting millions of Americans of all ages and walks of life is neck and back pain. Depending on its severity, this type of pain can range from mildly annoying to debilitating, robbing a person of the ability to work, move around and enjoy life. The pain you feel in your neck or back […]

Federally approved procedure can restore close-up vision

Kamra inlay uses laser to expandfield of vision

People between age 45 and 60 gradually lose the ability to read and see near. Using computers and smartphones becomes difficult. Kamra inlay can bring the world in focus. You will be able to see the dashboard and read the menu without reading glasses. The FDA- approved Kamra inlay is a microscopically small ultra-thin doughnut-shaped lens. It is placed into […]

Allergies acting up? Docs say drought to blame

Dry conditions cause plants to release more pollen

Allergy season in Southern California usually begins in March, peaks in April and is mostly over by May. But the region’s fouryear dry spell has changed the usual seasonal patterns, extending the allergy season well into summer and beyond, allergy specialists say. “ Ther e have been a lot pat ients coming into the office in recent weeks,” said allergist […]

The Acorn’s guide to what’s going on

FRI., OCT. 2 Ventura Harvest Festival 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and Saturday at Ventura County Fairgrounds, 10 W. Harbor Blvd., Ventura. Also 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Hundreds of artists sell hand-made original works. Personalizing available for some items. Live entertainment, pumpkin patch, kids’ crafts and play area, free health screenings. Admission: $9 adults, $7 seniors age […]



Pilots drew eyes to the skies at air show

More than 75,000 in attendance at Naval Base Ventura County

Flying wingtip to wingtip, a signature maneuver for the pilots of the U.S. Navy’s famed Blue Angels, is an exhilarating experience but one that demands “an incredible amount of concentration,” a member of the flight demonstration team said. As crowds cheered below, the Blue Angels performed their virtuoso aerial displays as the highlight of the air show at Naval Base […]