“Currents” is a column of news and short articles published in each issue of WoodenBoat magazine. “Eclectic” best describes its contents, which run the gamut from straight news concerning all aspects of wooden boat construction and ownership to news about museums, magazines, books, organizations, events, maritime preservation and politics, interesting products, tools, and people.
“Currents” is edited by Tom Jackson, who obtains his information from various sources. Few of these sources are professional journalists; most are enthusiasts who enjoy sharing news about the goings-on in their area.
The best way to contribute to “Currents” is to send a short query. Following that, we may request a finished report, or research the topic ourselves; the approach depends on the nature of the story. For the initial contact, the “who, what, when, where, and why” are sufficient. You may submit notes, letters, news clippings, tear sheets, brochures, or anything that clarifies the topic. Because of space limitations, succinctness is an imperative. Photographs and line art are helpful but not necessary.
All material is credited to its source, and published contributions are acknowledged and paid for upon use. Payment is based on the form and complexity of the submission. For example, we pay $5 for a newspaper clipping; $10 to $15 for a newspaper clipping with a few words of comment from the contributor; $20 to $25 for a moderately detailed report. Short features are paid for on a per-word basis. Photographs and line art are paid for at the rate of $15 apiece.