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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.



Event focuses on STEM A Ventura County STEM Convening: Family Engagement event will take place Thurs., Jan 31 in the Pharos Center for Innovation’s community room at 4001 Mission Oaks Blvd., Ste. B, Camarillo A mixer from 3:30 to 4 p.m. will be followed by the discussion from 4 to 6 p.m. Attendees can learn about high-impact practices in STEM […]

Calls continue for fire study

Community members lobbying for cleanup at the Santa Susana Field Lab are questioning authorities’ assertions that harmful toxins weren’t released into the air when portions of the former nuclear test site were scorched by the Woolsey fire. The California Department of Toxic Substances Control, which oversees all remediation at the Santa Susana site, stated in a Nov. 12 report that […]


FRI., JAN. 18 Simi Valley/Moorpark Republican Women Fed. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Los Robles Greens, 299 S. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks. Joint meeting with Conejo Valley Republican Women. Candidates forum for those seeking state party chair. 3-course buffet, no-host bar. Cost: $22 for members, $28 for guests and nonmembers. Pay at the door. RSVP requested. Phone: 805.358.6250. Email: […]

The local hills are alive with ‘The Sound of Music’

Show runs Jan. 31 through Feb. 3 in Thousand Oaks

A new production of “The Sound of Music,” produced by NETworks and presented by the American Theatre Guild, is on a North American tour that plays Jan. 31 to Feb. 3 at Civic Arts Plaza’s Kavli Theatre, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. Performances will take place at 7: 30 p. m. Thurs., Jan. 31; 8 p.m. Fri., Feb. […]

Much to like in new musical debut

PLAY REVIEW /// ‘Scott Robbins and the Traveling Show’

The opening days of 2019 saw the opening of a world-premiere musical on the black box stage of the Hillcrest Theatre for the Arts in Thousand Oaks. The roots of “Scott Robbins and the Traveling Show” stretch back nearly a decade. Tyler Tafolla began writing it as part of a college assignment to expand upon a character from the musical […]

Senior congress convenes

Will address looking and planning ahead

The Conejo/Las Virgenes Future Foundation will convene the 15th annual Senior Congress from 8:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wed., Feb. 6. The event will take place at St. Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Church, O’Riley Hall, 5801 Kanan Road, Westlake Village. The topic for this year is “Looking Ahead: Plan While You Can!” The event will feature eight presentations, such as what […]

When it comes to travel, Hawaii still a best bet

I’ve written in the past about Hawaii, one of the most popular vacation destinations from the West Coast. In 2017, over 3.8 million visitors from this part of the country traveled to the islands, marking the eighth consecutive year of annual growth. Clearly, we love Hawaii. As tropical destinations go, Hawaii is easier for West Coasters to reach than the […]

Swept away by imagination

ENTHRALLED— Above, Emilie Papion, 5, listens to Ona Chin read a story during Camarillo Library’s PJs and Pillow Pets Storytime on Jan. 15. The event is every Tuesday from 7 to 8 p.m. At right, Parker Patton, 4, of Camarillo follows along with the story. MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers

Munch on this, Girl Scout cookie fans

Caramel Chocolate Chip added to lineup

Girl Scouts of California’s Central Coast recently launched its 2019 cookie season. Celebrating one of the largest financial investments in girls annually in the United States, the campaign is also an entrepreneurship incubator for the next generation of female leaders, GSCCC representatives said. The Girl Scout’s have added a new cookie to this year’s lineup: Caramel Chocolate Chip, which joins […]

When tabby gets flabby

Obesity is a pet problem too

COMMENTARY /// Pet health The obesity epidemic is not just a human problem but a pet problem, too. Yes, some cats and dogs are just naturally bigger and not fat. But, as with humans, if the animal follows a poor diet and doesn’t exercise regularly, it can be expected to gain weight. Today I am talking with Darlene Geekie, a […]