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 Monica Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please briefly describe who you are and what you would like to say.
Just getting there -- even getting through -- isn't enough. Colleges and universities could do more to ensure their students are not just receiving diplomas, but actual educations.
Record spending on state political campaigns is accompanied by an increased lack of transparency in public reporting, to the detriment of democracy in Michigan
With student-loan debt spread among 40 million borrowers, they need to know what is a “reasonable” amount to take on, and have more options for paying it all back.
How would you like to be defined by something you’re not? Ask a ‘non-white’ person.
Michigan’s students are capable of great things, but they have to be asked. Set the bar high, provide support, and watch them rise to the challenge.
Paradoxically, training employees to eventually leave their current jobs may be the best strategy for keeping good jobs filled.
Too many are leaving for the South and West, but among those who are arriving? Many are young and good earners.
Calls for reforming Michigan’s prison system by releasing thousands more prisoners ignores the fact that Michigan is more violent than other states and only puts the worst offenders behind prison walls
Auto-accident victims should be wary of illegal, but still widely practiced, abuses of the system.
Detroit Public Television invites the readers of Bridge to Detroit Performs Live! Bettye LaVette - Jessica Hernandez - Ty Stone - Alexander Zonjic - Ben Sharkey - on Friday at The Fillmore in Detroit.
Getting insurance is only part of the battle. If patients can’t afford their deductibles and co-pays, they can find themselves underinsured, with attendant problems.
Utility companies have a financial interest in maintaining a system that works in their favor, but Michigan residents deserve better from their lawmakers.
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.