The Ventura County Star is a daily newspaper published in Camarillo, California and serves all of Ventura County. History and ownership. It was founded in 1925 by the John P. Scripps Newspaper Group, which merged with E. W. Scripps in 1986. Around 1936, the Star acquired the Ventura Free Press (which was founded in 1875), and began publishing as the Ventura County Star-Free Press in 1938. It dropped the Free-Press addition in November 1994. Scripps spun out its newspapers to Journal Media Group in April 2015. Gannett acquired the Journal newspapers in April 2016.