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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Please briefly describe who you are and what you would like to say.
Michigan is one of only seven states that has not reopened movie theaters or announced a reopening date.
This summer, the nonprofit organization New Detroit declared war on racism. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, elected officials and policymakers must join the fight for it to matter.
The COVID-19 relief packages passed so far deny economic supports to thousands of immigrant families here in Michigan and millions more nationwide.
More than 2,000 COVID-19 deaths in Michigan have been in long-term care facilities – which accounts for more than 30 percent of the state’s total deaths from the virus.
Increasing Black homeownership and wealth, equitable redevelopment practices, and equitable distribution of financial resources to schools and communities can have significant impacts, but require supporting policies and political will.
One of Lansing’s most experienced policymakers remembers a governor who set the standard for decency, bipartisanship, and trumping tribal politics with authentic problem-solving.
The authors, from the U-M School of Nursing, argue that U-M’s research and training with WHO partners led to flu and West Nile virus advances in Michigan and across the Americas. Now is not the time to drop global bonds.
Oral health is often overlooked as a key component of reforms we need in our health care system, this doctor writes.
Surveys make it clear that Michigan parents have strong, different views on how children should return to education this fall. Schools should respond by offering options.
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer vetoed whistleblower protections that protect state employees providing information to legislators. That veto doesn’t make sense.
Don’t believe the scare-mongering about increased mail-in voting, this author and candidate writes.
A veteran public school teacher loves his job and his students, but has strong reservations about returning to in-person learning without safety assurances.
Two of the nation's civil rights leaders, John Lewis and the Rev. C.T. Vivian, died recently. Don’t cry over their loss. Vote.
A crisis isn’t a time to think small. Michigan should revamp its education system, from child care to universities.
In just a few months, Michiganders will cast their ballots in the general election. Few circumstances make the case for mail-in voting more urgent to our democracy than a global pandemic.
The story of an Oakland County 15-year-old locked up because she didn’t do her homework is not unique – injustices like that happen frequently in Michigan’s juvenile court system.
Physical safety is vital for this Michigan school board member making decisions about the fall school year. But so is mental health.
The owner of several gyms in northern Michigan explains how she is ready to reopen safely. She just needs the governor’s approval.
The Alzheimer’s epidemic is not talked about enough. We owe it to all those impacted by this devastating disease to do more.