2007-12-20

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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.

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Council commits again to preserve mobile home parks



Heartfelt e-mails, letters and about 25 pleading speakers seemed to touch the hearts of City Council members Tuesday night. It was as if three Christmas ghosts had visited the panel during the cold night. Mobile home park owners came to the meeting armed with sharply penned words criticizing a council they were convinced just didn’t like mobile home parks. Adults […]

It’s Santa’s time of year



FIRST CHRISTMAS- – Santa doesn’t need to ask little William Ghoston of Newbury Park whether he’s been good this year, William is only 2 months old. He snuggled up comfortably with Santa Claus at Janss Marketplace on Saturday morning. Santa is busy with children and will soon prepare his reindeer and load his sleigh for deliveries Monday night and Tuesday […]

Holiday schedule has arrived



The Acorn Newspapers have early deadlines for the next two editions because of Christmas and New Year’s Day. Real estate ads must be reserved by 11 a.m. today, Dec. 20, for the Dec. 27 edition. All press releases and letters to the editor are also due today at 11. Space for display advertisers must be reserved by 11 a.m. Fri., […]

The harsh reality of homelessness is no surprise to volunteers



Part III of four parts Cub Scouts from Pack No. 3753 donned plastic gloves way too big for their small hands as they lined up to serve dinner to the homeless in Thousand Oaks on the opening night of the Winter Shelter program. “By being here the boys realize how fortunate they are in life,” said Cubmaster Marc Milnes of […]

For the record



Rabbi Chaim Bryski, who was pictured on the front page of last week’s edition, is from Chabad of Thousand Oaks, not Chabad of the Conejo.

KCLU-FM launches website that provides access to news



KCLU-FM, the National Public Radio station for Santa Barbara and Ventura counties, has launched a new website that gives its 70,000 listeners better access to news. Many local segments that have aired on the awardwinning station are available on the website at www.kclu.org for downloading to computers and portable media players. A searchable archive allows listeners to find stories on […]

Mystery man still missing after a year



Family members of the missing Jeffrey Scott Howard are hoping for this Christmas miracle: Their loved one shows up somewhere, remembering who he is after suffering from amnesia for the past year. The last time Howard was seen was around 2:30 a.m. Dec. 21, 2006, when his wife, Thuc, spoke to him. In a missing person report filed with police, […]

Holiday shoppers should always check their receipts



This holiday season the Los Angeles Weights and Measures officials remind shoppers to check their store receipts for overcharges. Shoppers are legally entitled to pay only a store’s lowest advertised or posted price for any item. But inspections by agency officials have revealed that overcharge errors do occur and often involve items with special promotional offers, sales and markdowns for […]

As danger ebbs from fires, residents must prepare for mudslides



The danger from a wildfire doesn’t end when the fire is extinguished, according to the Ventura County Fire Department. When grass and brush is burned away, nothing remains rooted on the hillsides to retain water and, when rain falls, the risk of flooding and mudslides increases. “The time to prepare is now,” said Fire Capt. Barry Parker. “Just as we […]

Pederson Road site of fatal crash



Tim Whinery, 41, was pronounced dead at the scene at 10:49 p.m. Sunday after the 1998 BMW 740I he was driving crashed into a pine tree in the center divider on Pederson Road at Calle Almendro. The vehicle was traveling in excess of 80 mph when Whinery lost control and the car slid onto the median, according to Sgt. Tom […]