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.
A campaign to get Lansing to reverse course and make public how pension benefits are determined for public workers
Research shows that a host of programs, from parental coaching to helping children deal with traumatic environments at home, will help elevate Michigan to a top 10 education state.
It’s the responsibility of lawmakers to hold utilities accountable for keeping utility costs low
Universities push back at amending state Constitution to open more of their board deliberations to the public.
It’s not all free snacks and dog-friendly offices -- young workers want their employers to embrace flexibility, change and work-life balance.
Kalamazoo’s “Parents as Teachers” program gives critical support to parents who may feel isolated
Homeowners think nothing of making their houses more energy-efficient. They should ask the same of their public buildings, too.
A graduated income tax would give working families a toehold, and make the wealthiest pay more, say two Michigan state senators.
Continued surcharges and subsidies skew the market in Michigan and provide government-chosen special treatment for certain technologies.
Gov. Snyder recently approved funding for a statewide trauma network for patients suffering major injuries, like from car accidents. Michigan should support a similar network to lower the nearly 30,000 deaths annually from cardiovascular illness.
Even moderate places can send idealogues to the halls of power, when they’re whipped on by distorted media, unreasonable expectations and lazy voters.
Rep. Martin Howrylak is proposing a constitutional amendment intended to force universities’ governing boards to deliberate in a public forum.
The stepped-up police presence that makes Detroit’s island park more attractive to suburbanites can still strike fear in the hearts of city residents.
Years after a bruising recession ended, even more of the state’s children are living in poverty than when it was at its peak. What’s the policy solution? Help their parents, for starters.
Craig DeRoche was one of Michigan’s most powerful legislative voices before drinking derailed his life. His recovery, chronicled in a new book, shows he still has contributions to offer.
Joining forces with nine northeastern states will allow Michigan to reduce gas emissions in the least costly way possible
The ADA made it possible for individuals with physical and mental challenges to more fully integrate with the able-bodied world, through “reasonable accommodation” to their needs.
A recent U.S. Supreme Court decision shows that citizens, not politicians, have the ultimate power to demand fair legislative boundaries.
The cold realities of poverty are met with a team approach to community.
There are ways to streamline and improve care for behavioral-health patients, but it won’t be inexpensive. But the way we’re doing it now isn’t cheap, either.