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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.


Arrggh! There be pirates in Moopark!

The High Street Arts Center will screen the 2003 movie “Pirates of the Caribbean: the Curse of the Black Pearl” at 7 p.m. today, Fri., July 17 at 45 E. High St. The film is directed by Jerry Bruckheimer and stars Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley and Geoffry Rush. Advance tickets are $3; at the door is $5. For […]

Days of thunder

It’s a world of friends, fun and one glorious dirt track at Ventura Raceway

Die-hard motorsport fans love Ventura Raceway. Two to three times a month, dozens of racers from across Acorn country make their way to the tiny dirt track, nestled between the Ventura County Fairgrounds and the sandy beaches of the Pacific Ocean, looking for a shot at racing glory. There aren’t giant paychecks awaiting drivers at the finish line, yet racers […]

Baseball legends snag District 13 title

Don’t lose control or cool this summer

Well, it’s happened again. Summer vacation has begun. Those most glorious of days for youths yet the ones most dreaded by parents. Why? Because, as most parents are aware, unstructured time is when many kids get into trouble. Remember, while you’re at work you are still responsible for your children. It’s much easier when the school system occupies their time […]

Nonprofit names board president

Wilmer “Chip” Marvin is the incoming board president for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ventura County. Marvin is the senior manager of environmental health and safety for Amgen Inc. in Thousand Oaks. He has served as a Big Brother for more than 15 years in Missouri and California. He has served on many nonprofit boards, including Big Brothers Big Sisters […]

At The Library

The Moorpark City Library at 699 Moorpark Ave. will present these free programs and events in August. Visit moorparklibrary.org or call (805) 517-6370 for more information. The library will be closed for facilities maintenance on Thurs. and Fri., Aug. 20 and 21, and will reopen Sat., Aug. 22. Patrons can borrow free ebooks and emagazines with their library cards. They […]

Oaks Literary Festival to celebrate Harper Lee

Writers panel to discuss iconic author

With the recent release of Harper Lee’s novel “Go Set a Watchman,” the Oaks Literary Festival will kick off its inaugural season with “A Literary Celebration of Harper Lee” at 1 p.m. Sun., July 19 at the Hillcrest Center for the Arts, 403 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. Lee’s second published work comes out nearly 55 years after her first […]

College standouts

Gillian Mathews, a graduate of Moorpark High School, received the Provost’s Gold scholastic award from Baylor University in Waco, Texas. The awards are for high school graduates based on class rank or SAT/ACT scores for the 2015-2016 academic year. Cal Hedberg of Moorpark graduated with a Bachelor of Science in business administration and finance, cum laude, from the University of […]

The Acorn Epicurean

An Indian restaurant that delivers

The experience at Indian Haweli Restaurant in Simi Valley might best be explained starting from the end and working back, mainly because of how good it felt after the delicious meal. Even though the portions were substantial, instead of feeling stuffed and perhaps even somewhat miserable from eating too much, I felt content and sated. As Indian food is high […]

Man arrested for DUI in fatal crash

As light rain fell Sunday night in Moorpark an allegedly intoxicated driver lost control of his car on Highway 118 near Hitch Road and slammed into a van, killing one person and injuring eight others, the California Highway Patrol said. Andres Dominguez, 32, of Culver City was behind the wheel of a 2002 Chevrolet Cavalier driving west on the 118 […]