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’s foresters need the reforms currently up for public consideration by the Council on Environmental Quality to continue to achieve responsible forest practices, wood procurement and harvesting throughout Michigan, this guest author writes.
"We seek to ensure Michigan adopts legislation to change the state age of sale to 21 for all tobacco products, permanently end the sale of all flavored tobacco products, including menthol cigarettes, and define and regulate e-cigarettes as tobacco products."
"We need to take ownership of the role our state has played in the history of housing discrimination and make the changes needed to ensure every person can experience the pride of homeownership."
After a face-to-face campaign, the ballot intiative is held up in courts over the 180-day window signature-gathering requirement, writes the director of the Committee to Ban Fracking in Michigan.
"I hope my act of carpooling with my friends can spread throughout Michigan, to help Americans and their coworkers save money while reducing emissions," a teenage motorist writes.
"Flunking a student is immediately traumatic and is more likely to be experienced by those students who are categorized as poor, male and/or minority," the group of Upper Peninsula school superintendents writes.
The U.S. Census Bureau’s decision not to allow a category for Middle Eastern North African in this year’s count is the latest in a long history of controversies involving race.
Robert McMahan says universities must change, or companies are going to stop buying what they’re selling. Kettering graduates produce the highest return on financial investment of any Michigan university.
"We should be focused on how we ensure our education system does not fail our children, rather than throwing in the towel and inciting rebellion," writes Michigan's Senate majority leader.
There is a legitimate role for bond financing in road construction and maintenance, but that is to accelerate construction, not as a source of funding. Without a new revenue stream to finance the debt, the state would only be borrowing against future revenue, the guest author writes.
This official's solution to pressures at the ballot box: Allow local clerks to count absentee ballots earlier, without tabulating the results.
We’ve further separated Guest Commentary from our news coverage — to reduce reader confusion.
The disproportionately high fees accomplish very little to improve our state’s roads and bridges. However, the fees do make cleaner cars less appealing and accessible for cost-conscious consumers, says this writer.
Workplace training and education on sexual harassment, developing safe and reasonable avenues for those victimized to report the harassment, along with holding perpetrators responsible are the best first steps, this guest author writes.
Michigan can learn much from other states, where student achievement is better overall and a Zip code doesn’t limit opportunity – thanks in part to education funding focused on opportunity for all.
More than 13,000 Michigan students attend early middle colleges, which allow students to earn college credit as early as ninth grade.
'We can’t keep putting our heads in the sand and leaving these problems to bubble up later,' writes Irwin, co-author of a bill that would require polluters to clean up their contamination to a higher standard.
The lack of rigorous local reporting has consequences for accountability – without that knowledge, holding developers, officeholders, and corporations to account becomes virtually impossible, the author writes in this Guest Commentary.
“Like our fight to end gerrymandering, a successful accountability campaign will require a robust, citizen-led effort,” writes the executive director of Voters Not Politicians.
State Rep. Jon Hoadley has introduced a bill that will allow local communities to use ranked-choice voting, which he says ensures that every voice is heard and every vote counts.