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 Monica Williams at email@example.com. Please briefly describe who you are and what you would like to say.
The state needs more revenue to make investments necessary to attract good-paying jobs and train workforce.
Urban violence is the easy answer for the decline of Michigan’s largest city. But many policy decisions, before and after the unrest, played a larger part in depopulation and its related problems.
Strategic action to spur investment in the state’s job creation -- and in its communities -- is the key to success.
Detroit taxpayers subsidized the city’s new arena. It’s a bad look to have its first performance be from a singer who championed the Confederacy.
Unless a parent is abusive or otherwise unfit, he or she (but mostly he) deserves more than the drop-in privileges he’s likely to get in most divorces.
Don’t get smug about events in Charlottesville, not when Michigan residents marched with white nationalists, and our racial history is as rancorous as the South’s.
State should invest in education skills that acknowledge workers will switch jobs throughout their 40-year careers.
Even those convicted of violent crimes deserve a chance at parole or commutation. It would reduce corrections costs and open the door to other, more effective interventions.
The University Research Corridor encompasses economic sectors that touch one in eight Michigan jobs. It deserves support.
These draconian policies leave no room for discretion, extenuating circumstances or, for that matter, common sense.
This medicine could be a miracle to those in wheelchairs. But it costs $750,000 per year, and state officials are deciding whether Medicaid will cover it.
There is no way back to the prosperous Michigan economy of the 20th Century. We must face this reality and get to work on ideas that will produce a broad middle class, where household income grows for all Michiganders.
Blacks in Detroit endured and thrived before and after the violence of 1967. You’d never know it from watching this Hollywood snuff film.
If your home or business is standing in the way of progress, determining what you’ll be paid in an eminent-domain seizure isn’t as simple as checking local real-estate listings.
Studies show that healthy children perform better in school. Deep cuts in Medicaid funding from the demolition of the Affordable Care Act could leave tens of thousands of Michigan kids without health care.
A new report shows over $2 billion in potential General Fund revenue will be diverted or dedicated to other promised programs by 2023. Add an economy that will inevitably cool, and Michigan will soon be facing serious budget challenges.
Unsightly and unhealthy, algae blooms imperil drinking water for entire cities. There’s a plan to address them, but no timeline or resource estimate. In other words, not much.
It’s not just cars anymore. The state needs to capitalize on its knowhow and adapt for “Industry 4.0.”
Wouldn’t it be ironic if an outspoken bigot found himself needing the care of a Muslim doctor someday?