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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.


‘A most-trusted public servant’

Irwin lauded at her final City Council meeting

Jacqui Irwin began her two-year term in the California Assembly this week after stepping down from the Thousand Oaks City Council, where she served for exactly a decade. Irwin, a Democrat, was sworn in Dec. 1 in Sacramento, but not before civic leaders from across Ventura County came to sing her praises at her final council meeting Nov. 25. At […]

Grant will aid TOPD in fight against traffic fatalities

Fifteen killed on local roads since ’12

The Thousand Oaks Police Department will use money from a newly acquired state grant to try to curb fatal car and motorcycle crashes in the city. Since the start of 2012, at least 15 people have been killed in 14 accidents in the Thousand Oaks area. The most recent fatality happened Nov. 18, when 28-year-old Daniel Sherwood of Moorpark lost […]

Burglars targeting Newbury Park, police warn

Crime is up in Newbury Park. Specifically, burglaries from homes are on the rise. Drivers in the area may already be aware of this because the Thousand Oaks Police Department has set up mobile signs on Lynn Road and Kimber Drive announcing the fact. “The hope is the signs will make people aware and they will pay more attention and […]

Black-and-Gold go for win in wine country

The Newbury Park High School football team plays tomorrow night (Dec. 5) for a CIF-Southern Section Northern Division championship. Here’s what you need to know before kickoff: The opponent Paso Robles High Bearcats (12-1) Game time/location 7:30 p.m., Flamson Middle School, Paso Robles How do I get to the game? Take Highway 101 north to exit 231 (three-hour drive)Where do […]

Driver who killed 2 in 2013 crash asking for plea deal

Attorney for Collin Powell pushing for reduced sentence

Story updated 12:11 p.m. Dec. 4, 2014A 24-year-old Newbury Park man charged with three felonies in the deaths of his two car passengers and the serious injury of a third in September 2013 may soon be headed to sentencing for his crimes. Collin Powell has been charged with two felony counts of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and a third […]

Accidents again a problem near 101-23 construction

November saw an average of 1.3 collisions every day

The amount of traffic accidents in the construction zone near the 101-23 freeway interchange has again taken a turn for the worse. After a brief respite between August and October, there were 39 reported collisions in November—up from 19 accidents the previous month—according to Cliff Finley, Thousand Oaks deputy public works director. Finley was providing an update to the Thousand […]

May we never forget the day that lives in infamy

The skies above Pearl Harbor were a clear, bright blue when U.S. Navy metalsmith first-class Ford Rice stepped onto the deck of the USS Solace, a hospital ship in which he had been receiving treatment for a minor ailment. It was almost 8 a.m. on Dec. 7, 1941, and Rice, 26 at the time, spent a few moments contemplating whether […]

Political Cartoon

Keep off-leash area out of parks

Children and families will lose much-needed recreation areas when these areas are converted to off-leash dog parks early next year. In 1979 I was among the first people to move into the Suntree tract in Newbury Park and have continuously lived in the tract ever since. Kimber Park and its surrounding open space were paid for as a part of […]

Loose dogs are out of control

I walk my dogs every morning and it continues to happen: owners allowing their dogs to run freely. Recently, two women approached me with their dogs off-leash. One of the dogs walked up to my dogs, and I shouted that those dogs needed to be on a leash. One of the women then came up to me and said, “Do […]