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.
A retired MSU professor traces the administration’s fumbling of the Nassar sex-assault scandal to leadership that no longer valued deep input and engagement with faculty and students. That may now be changing, he writes in this Guest Commentary.
Removing barriers to solar panel installation is an investment in the triple bottom line: people, planet and profit, says the author of Guest Commentary.
The spokesman for the Michigan Department of Corrections notes major fact errors in a column by a Bridge guest writer pushing for prisoners to receive access to Medicaid. The original column was removed from the site.
Retirement system costs for school personnel should be a high priority and shouldn’t be viewed as competition with school operations budget, says this guest author.
Michigan’s Read by Grade 3 Law isn’t some scary new policy looming over local students – it’s an essential reform that’s already yielding real results that benefit our kids, says the author of this Guest Commentary.
The bipartisan Farm Workforce Modernization Act is a compromise that will benefit immigrants working in agriculture and improve the H-2A temporary worker program, the president of the Michigan Agri-Business Association says in this Guest Commentary.
Michigan is nearing common sense reforms of factory farms, but Big Ag is determined to block them.
It’s time for Michigan wolves to be removed from the Endangered Species Act to reduce conflicts and protect human safety, says this Marquette outdoors writer in a Guest Commentary.
Holding children back so they can achieve future success is not “punitive;” it is proactive.
President Trump cut off one of Michigan’s only sources of population growth — resettlement — but pure outrage and righteousness directed at his stance on immigrants can be polarizing.
Lack of investment from businesses translates into a low-income tax base, lower home ownership rates, and lower investment in schools, says a Grand Rapids nonprofit director in this Guest Commentary.
Manufacturing no longer provides the jobs for a city with the nation’s lowest workforce participation rate. In this Guest Commentary, the author of a new book on post-bankruptcy Detroit suggests a smarter training approach for the city’s forgotten workers.
Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency (MVAA) is restructuring operations and expanding its reach amid a high suicide rate among young veterans and a rise in women who need service, the director writes in this Guest Commentary.
The former U.S. congressman, who died at age 90 late last month, was a titan for justice and link from Martin Luther King Jr. to Barack Obama. He never stopped fighting for underdogs.
Recent developments on the Line 5 tunnel provide another glimpse into Enbridge Energy's playbook of distraction and deception.
Supportive housing, like Detroit’s new development for LGBTQ youth, is a proven intervention, providing shelter without restrictions.
It seems Republicans and Democrats are coming together for the good of our planet. National pricing on carbon offers promising common ground.
Lansing’s failures to adequately manage and fund the state retirement system of teachers is chewing up the small annual increases in the state budget for K-12 education.
The 14 Big Ten universities shared an overall goal of helping eligible students get registered to vote, learn about candidates and ballot issues, and cast their ballots. The winners of the challenge? The students who learn and become engaged in our democracy.
The current process for expungement in Michigan is confusing and costly. A mechanism that automatically clears criminal convictions after 10 years is good policy that could create more law-abiding citizens.