2012-02-23

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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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2012-02-23 E-Edition

Boy Scout troop turns 40




It didn’t take long for Greg Metzgus to learn what it meant to be an Eagle Scout. It was 1966, the country was at war in Vietnam, and Metzgus had just entered the United States Marine Corps. On one of the first days of boot camp, a drill instructor addressed a roomful of prospective Marines. “Out of 2,000 people he […]

Calendar



THURS., FEB. 23 Mega Mixer 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Grand Vista Hotel, 999 Enchanted Way, Simi Valley. Local businesses showcase products and services. Open to public. Contact: Patrick Ellis. Phone: 805. 529.0322. School Movie Screening 6 p.m. at Goebel Senior Center, 1385 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. One Spark Academy screens documentary “Forks Over Knives.” Dinner, movie, discussion panel. […]

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Artists shine in exhibit



The Arts Council of the Conejo Valley will present the “Connections” exhibit from Thurs., March 1 through Wed., May 30 in The Galleria at the Hillcrest Center for the Arts, 403 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. Artists from Ventura and Los Angeles Counties will present a variety of media, including painting, photography, mixed media, fiber art and sculpture. The exhibiting […]

Discovering the world through music



Pet of the Week



Lizard exhibit opens at L.A. Zoo



The Los Angeles Zoo will introduce its newest exhibit, The LAIR (Living Amphibian, Invertebrates, and Reptiles), from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily starting Thurs., March 8 in Griffith Park at 5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles. Housing more than 60 species from around the globe, The LAIR’s six exhibit areas will feature habitats for unique and endangered species such as […]

Talk to pharmacist



Elaine Blieden of Expert Compounding Pharmacy will discuss “Unique ways your compounding pharmacy can help to optimize your overall health and well-being” at 6:30 p.m. Tues., March 6 at the Woodland Hills Branch Library, 22200 Ventura Blvd. Blieden will cover hormone replacement and pain management, dermatology, customized dosage forms and strengths, and hard to find and discontinued medications. For details, […]

Taking a trip down ‘Avenue Q’ with Sean Harrington




The performers stand quietly at attention in a row, mouths agape, waiting for the director to show up. They are unable to move, not just because they’re stuck on poles, but because they have only a head and a torso. No, it’s not some perverse murder mystery. The performers are puppets, created by Simi Valley theater genius Sean Harrington for […]