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 email@example.com. Please briefly describe who you are and what you would like to say.
Two budget directors for Michigan governors Granholm and Snyder, no strangers to difficult financial decisions, lay out a framework for those addressing pending state budget issues.
There are plenty of youth-serving organizations around our state that assist youth inside the curve. Find one that is doing good work on behalf of disconnected children and give them a little stimulus to continue their missions well after the curve is flattened.
It is not just a few people with esoteric diseases that society needs to be concerned about. It is most of us, from our employees to our neighbors to our families to the guy on the next treadmill at the gym when it reopens and, for a majority of Michiganders, ourselves.
"I, too, support many forms of liberation, albeit of a different stripe than most protesters in Lansing have in mind."
The authors, professors at the University of Michigan, outline short- and long-term solutions that address historic systems of injustice.
"We have heard from thousands of workers across the state, many of whom are afraid to go to work and who do not feel their workplaces are ready for safe operation. We have heard from workers not being given masks. We know that no-touch thermometers for screening are scarce," these state senators write.
The industries' real-world significance became evident, for the first time in anyone’s memory, we all went to our local grocery store last month and encountered empty shelves.
Physicians and sisters Teena and Anita Chopra draw inspiration from a grandfather they never saw, whose tireless efforts in 1945 helped save vulnerable residents in Punjab, India during a cholera epidemic.
Our future business leaders will emerge more flexible and adept if they examine what it’s like to ride through a crisis.
Protesters had good reason to descend upon the Michigan Capitol last week to protest Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s stay-at-home orders. Their voices went unheard, however, because some protesters waved guns and screamed at police.
The conditions in which you grew up, live, learn, work, and play—are key drivers of health disparities and are much more important and influential than individual behaviors or genetics. Put simply, race is not a risk factor—racism is.
Local governments were already carrying pension debt before recent market declines. Now they will struggle to pay for losses their plans have incurred during the coronavirus pandemic.
The rigor is still there, the assignments are still there, the reaching out and motivation are still there, but the human component is lacking in some of the crucial moments as a teacher.
Many Michigan law enforcement agencies and programs like SafeHouse Center have not had spikes in calls related to domestic violence. We believe fear, isolation and privacy play a part.
An open letter to Detroit seniors: Even in the midst of COVID-19, we believe in a #CollegeBoundDetroit.
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s G.I. Bill-style proposal for essential workers isn’t just a savvy political move. It moves the state forward.
Research tells us that having several layers of safeguards to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and lower the risk of another spike is necessary to manage this outbreak while re-engaging our economy.
Many sectors — philanthropy, health care, business and government included — have in building an equitable recovery. The time is now to come together to combat inequities and ensure the best outcomes.
What do our leaders think is going to happen in the years to come if our national response to COVID-19 is only to bail out big corporations while small towns in Michigan and across the country get a drop in the bucket?
All of the hard work and leadership many local governments have put in to save money for a rainy day may be quickly undone by the COVID-19 downturn.