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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.
Mitchell Robinson understands the desire to try things to improve Michigan schools. But he believes a package of bills addressing teacher education do more harm than good.
Look beyond the campaign ads with the family pooch and ask how politicians will treat the four-legged friends around us.
Michigan desperately needs investment in early childhood education. Voters should ask candidates where they stand on the issue.
An uncontrolled spill lasting just two hours could cost Michigan at least $6 billion, say two Michigan State University researchers
Rep. Hank Vaupel takes offense at a guest column accusing him of supporting puppy mills. He’s the one trying to close them down, says the former vet.
Metro Minneapolis is one of the most liveable regions in the country. It didn’t happen overnight.
Michigan State and particularly the University of Michigan trail leading Big Ten schools in their efforts to reduce the carbon footprint on campus
An appeals court is expected to soon decide whether the state is shorting Michigan local governments billions of dollars a year under the Headlee Amendment to the state constitution
Bill Schuette, a candidate for governor, had claimed all his assets were in a blind trust. Then how to explain undisclosed, million-dollar properties that he sold in the Virgin Islands? An op-ed from his GOP opponent, Lt. Gov. Brian Calley.
Mary Buchzeiger is CEO of a $40 million auto supplier. She’s a loyal Republican. And she’s scared her president is going to run her out of business.
Ditching the 10-cent per bottle deposit law is a seriously bad idea.
A former Michigan Teacher of the Year reminds us that we’ve long worried about how well our children read, but we keep ignoring the real solutions
Michigan has had a quarter century of experience with term limits, but the promises of a more dynamic democracy never came to fruition.
A bill being considered in the Michigan House would bar local communities from instituting ordinances that ban the retail sale of puppies on stores. Some pet stores get their puppies from puppy mills.
The writer, a doctoral student, said she, like victims of Larry Nassar, faced indifference from the school after she sought help for sexually harassment
Bottle deposits may have made sense in 1976. But today they’re depressing recycling rates and limiting consumer options.
As the number of school librarians dropped, so did Michigan’s literacy rank. One school librarian doesn’t think that’s a coincidence.
Early childhood is the time when a good education can make the most difference. Yet it’s where we invest the least. That needs to change.
The robots are coming, and it’s a good thing, says state Sen. Patrick Colbeck, an engineer, who argues for continued investment in STEM programs in Michigan public schools.
Most adult Medicaid recipients already work, are in school or face real obstacles to jobs. And without investing in childcare or other support, many low-income parents would face a bind.