2012-10-11

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'Paywall' removed

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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Goal in mind



Fight over tax hike initiative looms large for schools

PROP. 30


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Some blame smart meters for higher bills




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Fatal crash victim, 24, was training to become a firefighter

Conejo Valley High grad died in Oct. 2 motorcycle accident


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Political Cartoon



FOR THE RECORD



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Freeway paving not finished



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Prop. 30 will help school budgets



Public schools have been hit hard in the last decade, and it’s only getting worse. Schools have endured cuts of more than $20 billion in the last four years alone. Proposition 30 can help change the downward spiral of public education financing by pumping $30 billion into local classrooms in just the next year. As a member of the California […]