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 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 | No cuts for schools is good news; more work needed on fair funding

Opinion | No cuts for schools is good news; more work needed on fair funding

September 16, 2020 | Amber Arellano

This is the time to commit to a fairer funding system that moves Michigan from its position as one of the least fair states for educational opportunity.

Opinion | Tear down the walls between Detroit and the suburbs

Opinion | Tear down the walls between Detroit and the suburbs

September 16, 2020 | Bianca Garcia, Graig Donnelly, Frank Joyce

Three generations of Grosse Pointe Park residents say they want their school system, city councils, mayors and police to unlearn old ways and remove boundaries, both physical and racial.

Opinion | Why getting a flu shot amid COVID-19 can avoid a 'twindemic' in Michigan

Opinion | Why getting a flu shot amid COVID-19 can avoid a 'twindemic' in Michigan

September 15, 2020 | Asha Shajahan

"We saw what happened when the region was short on tests, hospital beds, supplies, and ventilators as  COVID-19 peaked — we lost lives."

Opinion | To get our kids back in classrooms, here's the budget Michigan needs

Opinion | To get our kids back in classrooms, here's the budget Michigan needs

September 11, 2020 | Mark Greathead

It’s not too late for lawmakers to fix the budget to give students the best possible outcome during a school year otherwise full of uncertainties, a group of Michigan superintendents suggests.

First Person | Back to school in Michigan: Too new, weird and heartbreaking

First Person | Back to school in Michigan: Too new, weird and heartbreaking

September 8, 2020 | Stella Govitz

An 11th-grader in Beaverton in central Michigan returns to school. Mask compliance is shaky. Emotions are raw. And students and teachers are doing their best to cope with a bizarre new reality.

Opinion | Michigan's energy future relies on Enbridge's Great Lakes tunnel

Opinion | Michigan's energy future relies on Enbridge's Great Lakes tunnel

September 8, 2020 | Mark Griffin

We don’t do ourselves any favors if we aren’t honest about the challenges the state will face without the Line 5 tunnel.

Opinion | State policy leaders: Consider this when crafting final 2021 budget

Opinion | State policy leaders: Consider this when crafting final 2021 budget

September 8, 2020 | Daniel Hurley

We simply cannot afford to continue to have higher education serve as the balancing wheel of the state budget, to the detriment of Michigan’s public universities and its 280,000 students.

Opinion | Campus outbreaks of COVID-19 were almost guaranteed

Opinion | Campus outbreaks of COVID-19 were almost guaranteed

September 3, 2020 | Ryan Malosh, Nina Masters

With tens of thousands of COVID-19 cases on college campuses, a scientist asks: Why did colleges open in the first place?

Opinion | Whitmer’s legacy will be affected by Line 5. It's time for her decision.

Opinion | Whitmer’s legacy will be affected by Line 5. It's time for her decision.

September 3, 2020 | Mike Shriberg

We’ve seen that Governor Whitmer has nerves of steel, strong decision-making skills and demonstrates great leadership – it’s time to apply that approach to Line 5 by following through on her promise to decommission it. 

Opinion | As Michigan businesses struggle, vulnerable families suffer, too

Opinion | As Michigan businesses struggle, vulnerable families suffer, too

September 3, 2020 | Tommy Brann

Programs to assist needy families are both likely to suffer without a safe, complete reopening of Michigan's economy, one state representative writes.

Opinion | Chadwick Boseman's death highlights need for family health tree

Opinion | Chadwick Boseman's death highlights need for family health tree

September 2, 2020 | Asha Shajahan

Colon cancer, if detected early, is treatable and curable. Here's what a Michigan primary care physician recommends patients do.

Opinion | Gov. Whitmer must do more on reopening Michigan small businesses

Opinion | Gov. Whitmer must do more on reopening Michigan small businesses

August 31, 2020 | Matt Hall

Small businesses are entering a critical, make-or-break stretch for their livelihoods, says this representative who serves on the Joint Select Committee on the COVID-19 Pandemic. We owe it to them to find ways for them to resume their lives safely.

Opinion | It's past time for us to focus on Michigan's economic mobility

Opinion | It's past time for us to focus on Michigan's economic mobility

August 28, 2020 | Michigan Consensus Policy Project

A group of prominent former legislators recommends that current state policymakers work toward restoring economic mobility by focusing on three key issues.

Opinion | Public conversations on justice should include the incarcerated

Opinion | Public conversations on justice should include the incarcerated

August 27, 2020 | Isaac Wingfield

Men and women who are incarcerated have valuable stories to share, and until we hear their stories we cannot understand the full impact of the criminal justice system. Meaningful reform can only come when we consider the voices of people in prison.

Opinion | How grocery delivery can alleviate food insecurity in Michigan

Opinion | How grocery delivery can alleviate food insecurity in Michigan

August 26, 2020 | Ione Locher, Marika Waselewski, Tammy Chang

Now more than ever is the time for bold action to combat food insecurity. These authors suggest a way to increase access to healthy food while protecting people from COVID-19 exposure.

Opinion | Hybrid, remote, blended learning. What parents need to know. Now.

Opinion | Hybrid, remote, blended learning. What parents need to know. Now.

August 24, 2020 | Dan McMinn

Learning shouldn’t just be about where learning takes place, it should be about student achievement and understanding, a Michigan principal writes, in his advice to parents.

Opinion | Michigan colleges should move online to help K-12 schools reopen

Opinion | Michigan colleges should move online to help K-12 schools reopen

August 24, 2020 | David Hecker

As a state, we should be focused on bringing our infection rates down so that the students who need face-to-face education the most are able to safely receive in-person education as soon as possible, the president of the AFT-Michigan argues.

Opinion | Michigan has opportunity to take action against Line 5 pipeline

Opinion | Michigan has opportunity to take action against Line 5 pipeline

August 19, 2020 | Kate Madigan

If built, the pipeline would be a major contributor to global warming for up to 99 years— the permit period Enbridge requests. But scientists tell us we must eliminate climate emissions in a few decades, and cut carbon emissions in half within 10 years, this writer says.

Opinion | When will Michigan movie theaters reopen? It's time to do it safely.

Opinion | When will Michigan movie theaters reopen? It's time to do it safely.

August 19, 2020 | George Miller

Michigan is one of only seven states that has not reopened movie theaters or announced a reopening date.

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