At Bridge, we believe in listening to voices from all over our state. Got something to say? Contact us and join the conversation (details below)
How to submit a Guest Commentary
What to know:
Bridge Magazine welcomes a diversity of voices and perspectives from readers on issues important to Michigan. Guest commentaries reflect the views of the author(s), and are independent of the nonpartisan, fact-driven reporting of Bridge’s newsroom staff.
Commentaries must be the author’s original work and preferably will not have appeared first in other publications. Bridge reserves the right to decline submissions at our discretion.
We reserve the right to edit commentary for grammar, clarity, brevity or to address legal or factual concerns. We may offer editing suggestions, but in the service of making your work more accessible, not to alter your views.
We do not pay for guest commentary.
Here are some guidelines:
- Columns are usually 500-700 words
- They generally focus on a Michigan topic or policy and should avoid ad hominem attacks
- The more direct, distinct and/or intimate your perspective, the more effective your column will be
- The best columns do more than identify problems; they also offer solutions and facts to back them up
- Please include a one- or two-sentence bio, including the writer’s organization or relevant background
- Send a good quality, large headshot of the writer(s) as an attachment
- We also ask that, in return for publishing a guest commentary, the author(s) and their organizations generously promote the link to the published column through your Facebook, Twitter and other social or professional networks.
That’s about it. Keep the writing clear, conversational and free of jargon, and sell our smart and receptive readership on the argument you are trying to make.
Who to contact:
Email your submission or idea to Ron French at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please briefly describe who you are and what you would like to say.
The controversial changes proposed for Michigan’s history books hurt the education of our children.
More high school grads are earning degrees and certificates, but we’re still below the national average.
Michigan has a special way of protecting families when someone suffers a traumatic injuries in auto accidents. Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan’s lawsuit could undermine our unique safety net.
Candidates for governor have laid out plans for turning around Michigan’s failing schools. But only one has a plan that could succeed, argues the former Democratic president of the Michigan State Board of Education.
We can’t make good policy decisions if the ‘facts’ in our heads are wrong, say two Michigan State University economists.
Michigan’s dentist shortage is even more severe for vulnerable populations like the disable and the poor.
Michigan ranks dead last in supporting its communities. But the state will reap a $200 million windfall from collecting taxes on Internet sales that should help parks, police and firefighters in cities statewide.
It’s no secret that infrastructure is crumbling in Michigan. Governments need to think beyond traditional borrowing to fix the problem.
Why do we need a redistricting commission made up of fallible, possibly biased people to redraw Michigan’s political boundaries? Can’t a computer do that? Eric Lupher explains why you need both
Funeral was the wrong venue for Jasper Williams’ message, but black America needs to have a dialogue about the link between poverty, crime and drugs and out-of-wedlock births.
The health insurance market in Michigan is surprisingly robust, say experts from the Center for Health Research and Transformation.
Aric Nesbitt was chair of a House committee that worked on a comprehensive state energy policy for two years, and he disagrees with those who say the law cripples solar energy in Michigan.
Tom Herbon pays more in vehicle registration fees for an old, $4,500 Cadillac than his daughter pays for a $22,000 minivan. That needs to change, says the retired engineer.
It's time to bolster the forgotten middle class by finally expanding overtime eligibility here in Michigan.
As business leaders, it’s our responsibility to help Michigan keep its position as a welcoming home for companies and employees, and give children access to excellent education
No city can thrive if its children and seniors are hungry. A Michigan House bill would leave many children, seniors and disabled residents without access to healthy food.
Our state fails many of its youngest citizens. Children advocate Matt Gillard has a list of questions we should ask all politicians this fall.
Saving money by installing solar panels will be harder to do unless the legislature steps in, say two solar energy advocates.
Opinion | When did stealing from Michigan kids become an easier political decision than raising taxes
Shifting money from K-12 schools to higher education was supposed to be a one-time thing. It’s become an annual occurrence, and it needs to stop, says Gilda Jacobs
It doesn’t get the attention of an issue like crumbling roads, but public health is a vital part of our infrastructure, and we need to invest in it.