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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.


2017-09-15 E-Edition

Facing an uncertain future

Immigration policy remains in question following talks between president, Dems

These are uncertain times for Jose Mendoza. The 19-year-old business and political science major is in his second year at Thousand Oaks’ Cal Lutheran University. Mendoza, who entered the country illegally from Mexico with his mother and father when he was 6, grew up working for the family’s Santa Barbara cleaning business. Coming of age near the UCSB campus, he […]

City to give $10K to county museum

Nonprofit in need of funding

The Camarillo City Council voted 4-1 to give $10,000 to the Museum of Ventura County during its Sept. 6 meeting. The money, which follows a pair of $125,000 contributions from the City of Ventura and the Ventura County Board of Supervisors, will help keep the Ventura museum from closing its doors due to a lack of funding. Operating on a […]

A royalfinale

Time to get writing

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Acorn’s Fiction in a Nutshell contest, the storytelling challenge in which writers submit a complete fiction story in 100 words or less. The stories must have a beginning, middle and end as well as characters, conflict and preferably a plot twist. Writers in two categories, 18-and-over and under-18, can submit stories in […]

Car chase leads to 2-day search for suspect

A car chase in Simi Valley the morning of Sept. 11 led to a two-day search that ended in the living room of a Moorpark home on Tuesday evening with the arrest of a man police say stole the car he left wrecked on the side of the road. Cmdr. Roy Jones of the Simi Valley Police Department said that […]

Rep for ranch board sought by city

Rent review commission also has opening

The City of Camarillo is accepting applications to fill positions on the Camarillo Ranch Foundation board of directors and a multifamily tenant for the rent review mediation commission. The deadline for applications is 5 p.m. Fri., Oct. 6. Appointees to either position must complete and file a Statement of Economic Interest Form 700 with the city clerk. The form can […]

Will miss community activist

Perhaps you are familiar with Matt Lorimer of Camarillo; he is leaving town for Texas and leaving a grieving senior center behind. Texas simply is more affordable for Matt and his family. He has a special needs son who needs looking after and his wife, Marian, will see to that. She is an amazing woman in her own right. Matt […]


U.S. Congress U.S. Rep. Julia Brownleyrepresenting the 26thCongressional District, canbe contacted at the followinglocations:Washington, D.C. office:1019 Longworth HOBWashington, D.C. 20515Telephone: (202) 225-5811Fax: (202) 225-1100Website:www.house.gov/brownleyDistrict office300 E. Esplanade Dr.Suite 470Oxnard, A 93036Telephone: (805) 379-1779Fax: (805) 379-1799 State Senate State Sen. Hannah-BethJackson representing the 19thDistrict, can be contacted at thefollowing locations:Capitol office:State CapitolRoom 2032Sacramento, CA 95814Telephone: (916) 651-4019Website:sd19.senate.ca.gov Local district office:300 E. […]

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