2013-06-06

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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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2013-06-06 E-Edition

CHAMPS!



AHS graffiti investigation unresolved

Authorities unable to identify those responsible


The racist graffiti scrawled on several buildings at Agoura High School on May 12 followed by the discovery of a hit list and death threat in the boy’s bathroom targeting five African American students remains an unsolved hate crime, the sheriff’s captain says. Accusations that a student athlete at the school perpetrated the crime as a means to transfer to […]

Not all businesses sold on new healthcare law

Debate over cost versus care


The Affordable Care Act, passed by Congress in 2010, will fix the skyrocketing insurance costs and lack of access that small businesses and self-employed individuals previously faced, proponents of the new healthcare are saying. But others aren’t so sure. The law addresses the costs, benefits and distribution of insurance, but not the main driver of premiums, which is the cost […]

Very important meeting Saturday



The Las Virgenes Municipal Water District will host an open house at Las Virgenes Reservoir on Sat., June 8 to discuss with residents the latest information on its proposed 5-million-gallon water tank at the Westlake Village reservoir site. The tank at Three Springs is needed to address what the water district believes is a growing water storage deficiency in the […]

Political Cartoon



Wants different approach to the WLV water tank



Last fall, the Las Virgenes Municipal Water District Board of Directors moved forward in approving the design budget for the water storage tank. Since the vote to design, LVMWD has publicly said that the cost to build the tank is 35 percent higher and that the design is more flexible—two pipes to it instead of one. LVMWD has not, publicly […]

Helpful article



Thank you to Gloria Glasser for her recent column in last week’s paper outlining all the great activities and events in and around the Santa Monica Mountains and surrounding parklands. It was so helpful to have the hiking, plant lectures and family events for June noted in her column this past week. I’m an avid hiker in the area but […]

Teacher is missed



As the Oak Park Unified School District brings another year to a close, I would like to extend a heartfelt thank-you to the Oak Park community. The hundreds of letters that we received following the death of Jim Benton, my late husband, did an excellent job conveying the type of man Jim was as a teacher, mentor and friend. They […]

FOR THE RECORD



There were two misspellings in the May 23 Acorn for which we apologize. The Agoura High School principal is Larry Misel and the Lost Hills sheriff’s captain is Pat Davoren. In the May 30 Acorn it was incorrectly stated that Viewpoint School in Calabasas was celebrating its 30th anniversary. The school is 52 years old and recently celebrated its 30th […]