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 email@example.com. Please briefly describe who you are and what you would like to say.
Michigan’s juvenile court system disproportionately impacts Black and Brown children, and they get poor legal representation. That needs to change.
University of Michigan officials shouldn’t run its own claims resolution program for those abused by Dr. Robert Anderson. Survivors deserve better.
The changes that are bound to be present on college campuses in September due to the pandemic could disproportionately hurt low-income and minority students.
Michigan cities need to increase census response rates, or risk losing political representation that can lead to change.
With a pause in school testing, now is the perfect time for Michigan to rethink its punitive third-grade reading law.
Former state Sen. Morris Hood III, who died of the coronavirus this spring, was a revolutionary leader who pushed against hyper-partisanship and never strayed from fighting for the people who put him in office.
The writer, a rising senior at Pioneer High School in Ann Arbor, argues that students should not have to choose between education and safety during an uncertain pandemic. Staying home is the best choice.
The founder of Bell’s Brewery had a front-row seat to a massive Enbridge oil spill near Kalamazoo in 2010, and he has no patience for those who want to give Enbridge the benefit of the doubt on Line 5.
We're not all rich from casinos nor do we look like caricatures from the 1700s. Forget everything you learned in school about Michigan's first inhabitants.
Our state has a significant opportunity to advance this goal by updating our waste law with bipartisan legislation currently being considered by the Michigan House of Representatives.
Directing cash to those who need it most channels dollars to businesses, which employ more workers, who, in turn, have income to spend.
These times call for transformative change. Business as usual is what got us here. Business as usual serves to perpetuate systems of racial hierarchy and white supremacy, not dismantle them.
Guest Commentary: Building the tunnel protects tens of thousands of direct and indirect jobs that rely on the fuel that’s flowing today through Line 5, and keeps the state’s manufacturing, chemistry, tourism and service industries moving.
One way to end discrimination and racism is to overcome fear and ignorance through direct engagement and understanding.
Disinformation about voter fraud is being used to create distrust in voting by mail. Instances of fraud are almost nonexistent, this author writes.
It’s time for white social workers, caregivers, doctors, nurses and the entire health care system to work harder. Yes, it’s exhausting, but there is more work to do, and it’s time for you to do it, this soial worker writes.
Natural gas can provide families and business sectors with cheap, reliable energy during this uncertain time, while we continue to achieve vital environmental progress. Policies supporting the use of natural gas should be a priority in 2020, the author writes.
Coronavirus has amplified the need for reform, but will it be what finally brings about the hard work to reform?
The Michigan League of Women Voters recently filed a lawsuit against the Secretary of State to make sure what voters approved in 2018 is enforced.
Requiring tests score for the fall 2020 application cycle creates an inequitable admission barrier that most negatively impacts urban and rural students amid a pandemic, the author writes.