Guest Commentary

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 mwilliams@bridgemi.com. Please briefly describe who you are and what you would like to say.

Articles

Opinion | Gov. Whitmer says racism is a public health crisis. What's next?

Opinion | Gov. Whitmer says racism is a public health crisis. What's next?

August 11, 2020 | Alex B. Hill

Increasing Black homeownership and wealth, equitable redevelopment practices, and equitable distribution of financial resources to schools and communities can have significant impacts, but require supporting policies and political will.

Opinion | Remembering Gov. Milliken — an eagle tips its wings

Opinion | Remembering Gov. Milliken — an eagle tips its wings

August 11, 2020 | Bill Rustem

One of Lansing’s most experienced policymakers remembers a governor who set the standard for decency, bipartisanship, and trumping tribal politics with authentic problem-solving.

Opinion | Trump defunding WHO hurts health in Michigan and U.S.

Opinion | Trump defunding WHO hurts health in Michigan and U.S.

August 10, 2020 | Jody Lori, Megan Eagle, Michelle Munro-Kramer, Nancy Lockhart, Beste Windes

The authors, from the U-M School of Nursing, argue that U-M’s  research and training with WHO partners led to flu and West Nile virus advances in Michigan and across the Americas. Now is not the time to drop global bonds.

Opinion | Michigan can address race disparities by expanding dental benefits

Opinion | Michigan can address race disparities by expanding dental benefits

August 6, 2020 | Myechia Minter-Jordan

Oral health is often overlooked as a key component of reforms we need in our health care system, this doctor writes.

Opinion | Parents want options for school reopening plans amid COVID

Opinion | Parents want options for school reopening plans amid COVID

August 5, 2020 | Adam Zemke, Lindsay Case Palsrok

Surveys make it clear that Michigan parents have strong, different views on how children should return to education this fall. Schools should respond by offering options.

Opinion | State employees deserve whistleblower protections

Opinion | State employees deserve whistleblower protections

August 5, 2020 | Julie Alexander

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer vetoed whistleblower protections that protect state employees providing information to legislators. That veto doesn’t make sense.

Opinion | Vote-by-mail is safe — and needed — in Michigan’s fall elections

Opinion | Vote-by-mail is safe — and needed — in Michigan’s fall elections

August 4, 2020 | Donnie Bettes

Don’t believe the scare-mongering about increased mail-in voting, this author and candidate writes.

Opinion | Michigan educators like me must be heard in school reopening talks

Opinion | Michigan educators like me must be heard in school reopening talks

August 4, 2020 | Bill Daniels

A veteran public school teacher loves his job and his students, but has strong reservations about returning to in-person learning without safety assurances.

Opinion | Honor Congressman John Lewis with record-breaking voter turnout

Opinion | Honor Congressman John Lewis with record-breaking voter turnout

July 31, 2020 | Darienne Hudson

Two of the nation's civil rights leaders, John Lewis and the Rev. C.T. Vivian, died recently. Don’t cry over their loss. Vote.

Opinion | We need to rebuild our civic foundation: our education system

Opinion | We need to rebuild our civic foundation: our education system

July 30, 2020 | John Austin, Elisabeth Tobia

A crisis isn’t a time to think small. Michigan should revamp its education system, from child care to universities.

Opinion | Let’s work together, follow science to ensure voting is safe and secure

Opinion | Let’s work together, follow science to ensure voting is safe and secure

July 30, 2020 | Dr. Farhan Bhatti, Barb Byrum

In just a few months, Michiganders will cast their ballots in the general election. Few circumstances make the case for mail-in voting more urgent to our democracy than a global pandemic.

Opinion | Girl locked up over homework reveals MI’s juvenile court problems

Opinion | Girl locked up over homework reveals MI’s juvenile court problems

July 28, 2020 | Mary Ann Scali

The story of an Oakland County 15-year-old locked up because she didn’t do her homework is not unique – injustices like that happen frequently in Michigan’s juvenile court system.

Opinion | Mental wellness is key to a successful school year during COVID-19

Opinion | Mental wellness is key to a successful school year during COVID-19

July 27, 2020 | Nicole McKinney

Physical safety is vital for this Michigan school board member making decisions about the fall school year. But so is mental health.

Opinion | Please Gov. Whitmer, let my gyms reopen for my workers and members

Opinion | Please Gov. Whitmer, let my gyms reopen for my workers and members

July 24, 2020 | Jayne Szukalowski

The owner of several gyms in northern Michigan explains how she is ready to reopen safely. She just needs the governor’s approval.

Opinion | COVID is devastating for those with Alzheimer’s. It’s time to help

Opinion | COVID is devastating for those with Alzheimer’s. It’s time to help

July 23, 2020 | Jennifer Lepard

The Alzheimer’s epidemic is not talked about enough. We owe it to all those impacted by this devastating disease to do more.

Opinion | Michigan’s tax system is unfair to our essential workers

Opinion | Michigan’s tax system is unfair to our essential workers

July 23, 2020 | Jeff Irwin

The super wealthy and the grocery store worker shouldn’t be taxed at the same rate, says a Michigan Democratic senator.

Opinion | Implicit bias training for health care workers can save lives

Opinion | Implicit bias training for health care workers can save lives

July 21, 2020 | Asha Shajahan

A Metro Detroit doctor has seen first-hand how patients are sometimes treated differently because of the color of their skin.

Opinion | Now is not the time for sweeping changes in how Michigan votes

Opinion | Now is not the time for sweeping changes in how Michigan votes

July 20, 2020 | Ann Bollin

The 2020 presidential election is not the time to radically change how Michigan votes, says a Republican legislator.

Opinion | Keep protesting but do it safely

Opinion | Keep protesting but do it safely

July 20, 2020 | Rodd Monts

There are lots of things worth protesting, says the outreach coordinator of the American Civil Liberties Union. But whether you’re pro-gun, pro-Big Gretch or anti-police brutality, put on a face mask before you hit the streets.

Opinion | Yelling won’t make people wear face masks. But conversation might

Opinion | Yelling won’t make people wear face masks. But conversation might

July 16, 2020 | Jennifer Attie

Changing people’s views on wearing face masks during this pandemic starts with trying to understand people with whom we disagree, says a Petoskey nurse practitioner.

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