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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.


Musketeers stopped cold

Chorus welcomes new female singers

The award-winning ChannelAire Chorus invites women of all ages who love singing to learn four-part a cappella harmony and to attend upcoming rehearsals. After learning patriotic songs the women will sing with the chorus in the July 4 Patriotic Chorus performances. The first rehearsal is from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. Tues., June 4. The remaining rehearsals will be from 7 […]

Parody show has fun with erotic ‘50 Shades’ series

The Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza Foundation will present “Spank! The Fifty Shades Parody” from July 16 through 21 in the Cabaret Lounge inside the Scherr Forum Theatre, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd. The show brings all the naughty fun of the best-selling book to life with this reimagining of the characters, comedy, musical numbers as […]

Wine festival has aged well

Event raises money for Casa Pacifica

Take one part university campus, add 85 food booths, mix in 150 wineries and breweries, measure out a healthy dash of live music, include a first-class silent auction and pair with 4,000 fun- loving guests. Combine ingredients and warm in the sun for one afternoon. It’s a recipe for success that has made the Casa Pacifica Wine and Food Festival […]

Kings for a day

. Acorn editor savors sights and sounds of playoff hockey

There’s no snow in L.A. There’s not much of a winter here either, and definitely no arctic chill from a Lake Manitoba gale rattling the bones of a solitary ice fisherman. But there is a hockey team, the Los Angeles Kings. Last week I went to my first hockey game. Yeah, I know I’m late to the party. I attended […]

Ventura gem show rocks

The Ventura County Fairgrounds will host the “California Rocks!” 76th annual gem show of the California Federation of Mineralogical Societies from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fri. and Sat., May 31 and June 1, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sun., June 2 at 10 W. Harbor Blvd., Ventura. An estimated 3,000 rockhounds are expected to attend this year’s […]

Life in the Single Lane

Shopping for a mate

As we continue to explore what it means to be single in this day and age, it occurs to me that some folks may still be in the early stages of learning the nuances of traversing life as a solo person. To me, there’s generally more to it than just buying groceries for one, even though I must admit that […]

Moorpark teen winsfirst place in ArtWalk competition

Janss Marketplace in Thousand Oaks recently announced the finalists and winners of its inaugural Youth ArtWalk competition. Local students submitted more than 260 works of art. Ella Sherman of St. Patrick’s Episcopal Day School won the first-third grade division. Haley Gilchrist, first-place winner in the fourth-sixth grade division, studies at Art is Our Passion. Jessica Han of Newbury Park High […]


FRI., MAY 24 ‘Murder Mystery Night’ 7 p.m. today and Saturday in multipurpose room, Calabasas High School, 22855 W. Mulholland Hwy. Student- written, – produced and -acted mystery dinner theater, “Yes, Mister Mayor.” Prize to the first table to guess “whodunit.” $17 adult, $13 student. Price includes dinner, drink, dessert. Contact: Nina Rawlinson. Email: nsrawlinson@gmail.com. SAT., MAY 25 Camarillo AAUW […]

Athletes advance to Masters meet


There’s one more stop before the high school state track and field championships Numerous student-athletes from Ventura County will attempt to punch their tickets to the state meet at the CIF-Southern Section Masters Meet at Cerritos College in Norwalk today. The area’s top competitors put on dazzling performances last weekend during section finals at Mount San Antonio College. Ten Westlake […]